How to Do Romantic Statement Makeup the French Girl Way – Vogue.com
It’s safe to assume that makeup artist Violette doesn’t see what most people see when she looks at a face—even her own. Such was the case on a September evening when the French expat paused at a bathroom mirror in New York City to take stock of her complexion and, with years of professionally exacting standards under her belt, decided “It was a bad face day.” But not a total wash. “Let’s erase that face and start over,” she concluded, reaching for a tube of concealer to belie her breakneck schedule, and a pitch-perfect bottle of Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Nude Water Fresh buildable foundation that she buffed onto the apples of her cheeks, the semitransparent skin around her lips, the center of her forehead, and in between her eyes to “catch the light, brighten my face, and make me look more plump, fresh, and young.” She adds that “removing foundation from my nose creates an optical illusion, making skin appear more natural.” But what of the myth that French women don’t cover their skin? “I take care of my skin like a crazy person so I don’t have to use concealer or foundation, but on a bad face day, I love this stuff,” she confesses.
With her complexion proverbially born anew, Violette releases the tuft of bangs over her forehead. “I do my makeup with my hair,” she says, fluffing her waves precisely how she will wear them out, setting the tone for her makeup. “You have to find the right balance.” On this night it will be something of an homage to her home country: “glamorous lips, and my eyes need to be a bit messy.” The latter accomplished through a split-second rimming of metallic brown kohl liner on the outer edges of her eyes and a wiggle of mascara on the top and bottom lashes, focused at the root. “It makes your lashes look thicker, but it doesn’t look like you’re wearing makeup.”
As for the pièce de résistance, “For the French, red lipstick is a symbol of being a woman and being proud of it.” Here, a liner serves to keep the forthcoming pigment in place through a dinner with friends (pro tip: Leave lips open for the most natural outline). Then she unearths two tubes of “my favorite lipstick,” the velvet-y, hydrating Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick from Estée Lauder, first in Decisive Poppy, then in Volatile—the brighter pigment focused on the center to further amplify her pillowy lips. “I always have red lipstick in my bag—even when I am not wearing it I still have it in my bag in case of emergency. It can double as blush!” Better yet, when applied to the lips swiftly à la Violette, it leaves behind an ever-so-slightly blurred edge for a just-kissed finish. “Quick-but-statement” makeup that telegraphs romance? Oui, merci.