CR Exclusive: Makeup Artist Violette’s NYE Beauty


When you think of New Year’s Eve makeup, a few things immediately come to mind: Smoky gunmetal eyes, bright lips, and likely some dramatic highlighting and contour.

However, Violette isn’t like most makeup artists. Her approach skews closer to a painter using oil on a canvas than the airbrushed, exorbitant looks that crowd Instagram feeds and online tutorials. The artist—whose impressive oeuvre spans from runway to editorial, has made creating a place to connect with online followers since launching her YouTube channel just over a year ago, where singular looks like Sunset Apéro and Champagne Rosé inspire creativity, not covering up. Today, she’s sharing her latest tutorial—the coolest take on New Year’s Eve makeup in recent memory—exclusively with CR.

“We say in French, ‘J’ai fait le tour,’ which means ‘I’ve seen it all,’” she says over glasses of Chardonnay at one of her favorite Manhattan bars. “After 14 years in the industry, I was at a point in my life where I needed to evolve and connect with other human beings to use makeup as a way to inspire people. It’s the best thing that happened to me.”

Well, 365 days and almost 150,000 subscribers later (not including her 158k followers on Instagram), to say that her ethos resonates with beauty enthusiasts worldwide would be an understatement. “As a woman and an artist, this was a revelation to me.”

Her videos are at once disruptive and familiar, and have the unique quality of feeling both enchanting and intimate, as if she’s speaking directly to you as she applies a smattering of bold glitter across her eyelids. “The way you do makeup on yourself should be like a ceremony: ‘I love myself, I’m amazing,’” she says. “When you wear a beautiful dress, the amazing feeling you have from putting it on should feel the same with your makeup.”

In her latest tutorial, Violette tackles NYE beauty in a way that’s edgy and slightly offbeat, but mostly very glittery. But this isn’t Glitter 101; this is an unapologetic, bold lip in a scintillating shade of sapphire. It’s not for the faint of heart.

“Blue lips, for most skin tones can make you look like you’re dead,” she says. “But I found this product from Kat Von D at Sephora, and the shade is so vibrant and metallic that it really catches the light and actually looks more like foil.”

She starts out by applying foundation to even out the skin—an uncharacteristic move for someone known for a concealer-where-needed approach. “When you’re wearing blue lipstick, you want to have more of a ‘perfect’ complexion with beautiful skin,” she explains. Next, to add more life to the face, she goes in with Smith’s Rosebud Salve to add a “moist, healthy feel” before adding an imperceptible touch of eyeliner and mascara to define the eyes. “So you don’t look tired,” she says.“The key for this look is to have a very healthy complexion. It’s always about finding the right balance with color.”

Here comes the fun part. To prevent staining (blue pigment doesn’t mess around, folks), Violette preps her lips with balm and lines them with Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Poe, a brilliant shade of almost-navy blue. Next, she uses the hero product, Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick in Reverb, keeping the shape precise and polished—which, oddly enough, it actually does. (Another thing it is is French kiss-proof. I know this because she told me exactly that).

However, the beginning of a new year can be a time to inspire reflection in myriad ways, none of which is lost on Violette. She’s just starting a new job (six months ago as Estée Lauder’s Global Beauty Director) and renovating a first home with longtime boyfriend, the photographer Steven Pan.

“To me, every day is a holiday,” she says. “So it’s more about taking this feeling that’s so special and magical and try to keep it alive well past the holidays.”


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