This French-Girl Foundation Hack Is Simple, Surprising, and Kind of Genius


Makeup artist Violette (no last name, how chic!) is the global beauty director for Estée Lauder. She also happens to hail from France, which is easy to glean from her tastefully curated Instagram and YouTube channel. The beauty looks she creates radiate that effortlessly chic, French-girl je ne sais quoi that we Americans tend to adore, desire, and replicate. (Seriously, if we're ever feeling rather uninspired about our beauty routine, all it takes is a quick scroll through her many beauty looks we keep archived. Then, we suddenly reach for our makeup bags with gusto). 

In a new video she produced with Vogue, Violette showed us mere makeup mortals how exactly she achieves a romantic yet bold red lip. The final result is stunning, but so are the hacks she reveals along the way. From a genius no-makeup makeup trick to a blotted lip and blush technique, keep scrolling to see her makeup expertise in action. 

After a quick application of her Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer ($28) and Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Foundation ($42), she takes a tissue and wipes the bridge of her nose. This removes excess color from the highest point of her face, as to avoid any telltale signs of makeup. "Removing foundation from my nose creates an optical illusion, making skin appear more natural," she said. This is truly in the French-girl way, as they're known for their no-makeup makeup looks, or at least their dewy and fresh skin.

The second brilliant makeup hack she has to share concerns her lipstick. She applies Estée Lauder's Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Decisive Poppy ($32) and then layers the same Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Volatile ($32) over the top. The trick is to concentrate the brighter of the two in the center of the lip, which creates a subtle ombre effect and makes the lips appear fuller.  

Finally, she takes her finger and blots around the edges for a "French-kiss look." With the leftover color on her fingers, she swiftly wipes it across the apples of her cheeks for a matching blush. How's that for multiuse makeup? 

Head over to Vogue to see the full article. Then, read about how one editor lived like a French girl and how that changed her skin. 

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