A French Girl Beauty Tutorial With “Balls”

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From croissants to couture to cosmetics, the French always seem to do things just a bit better than the rest of the world. The same can now be said of their YouTube beauty tutorials thanks to makeup artist Violette. Formerly an International Makeup Designer and consultant for Dior, the face painter is known for her natural-yet-unexpected approach (think glowy skin with a teardrop of glitter or a classic rouge noir lip). So what sets this pro’s how-tos apart from the millions of videos already online: “No artificial light, natural conditions, and no contouring,” she noted on Instagram. (Plus she’s French, meaning she possesses a certain je ne sais quoi that makes slicking on a lipstick or blending a khaki shadow pencil in the backseat of an Uber extra appealing.) The first step-by-step takes place at La Gamelle (her “favorite French bistro” in Manhattan and involves an Yves Klein cobalt eye (courtesy of Kiko Milano Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Ocean Blue) that one needs to have “balls” to pull off. If there’s one area where New Yorkers have an edge on Parisians, it’s their unabashed confidence. A quick hit of electric blue is nothing compared to taking on NYFW in heels and 70 percent humidity. Now that requires some serious balls.

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