VI­O­LET RAYS

Armed with a de­gree from the pres­ti­gious École du Lou­vre in Paris, make-up artist Vi­o­lette de­cided to pur­sue her pas­sion for beauty, and has since be­come one of the hottest tal­ents to watch. By Li Ying Lim.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -

How did you get your start as a make-up artist? After study­ing paint­ing and fash­ion in Paris, I had to de­cide which to choose. It was im­pos­si­ble—I loved both! Then, a friend asked me to paint glit­ter on her face for a cos­tume party, and I re­alised makeup could be a mar­riage of both of my loves. I sim­ply started with my brushes and pig­ments, and be­gan knock­ing on the doors of mod­el­ling agen­cies to do make-up. Where do you find your in­spi­ra­tion? In ev­ery­thing that sur­rounds me. It could be a place I am vis­it­ing, a book I am read­ing, or a woman I see on the street. I am par­tic­u­larly in­spired by art. I look to neo-clas­sic and Ital­ian Re­nais­sance art for any­thing to do with com­plex­ion. These pe­ri­ods are all about trans­par­ent skin with a pearly glow and flushed cheeks, and a charis­matic play be­tween light and shadow. For eyes, I’m in­spired by the way metal­lic colours in but­ter­fly wings change in sun­light, and flow­ers are my in­spi­ra­tion for lip colours. What does beauty mean to you? True beauty is free­dom from con­ven­tional beauty codes and feel­ing truly happy with who you are. There is noth­ing more beau­ti­ful than a woman who is at peace with her­self and who em­braces im­per­fec­tions. I never change fa­cial fea­tures through tech­niques like con­tour­ing. My ap­proach is em­brac­ing the nat­u­ral and en­hanc­ing what you al­ready have. Now that you are one of La Mer’s first-ever Global Make-up Artist Am­bas­sadors, what is it about the brand that is spe­cial to you? I’ve al­ways loved us­ing La Mer. It’s more than just a very chic brand, though. La Mer cares deeply about mak­ing women look and feel their best through pow­er­ful re­sults. It’s not about launch­ing trendy prod­ucts, it’s about cre­at­ing health­ier skin. Its prod­ucts are help­ful in my day-to­day work, since I work with many mod­els that have stressed and in­flamed skin from so much travel and not enough sleep. You can see the skin changes right away. How im­por­tant is skin­care in your beauty rou­tine? Ma­jor! I may spend a cou­ple of min­utes on my morn­ing make-up, but I spend 10 min­utes on skin­care ev­ery morn­ing and evening. If you treat your skin ex­cep­tion­ally, you won’t “need” makeup—it’ll just be an ac­cent or ac­ces­sory. I re­ally en­joy tak­ing care of my skin, and the time I spend on it is also a way for me to take a mo­ment for my­self. There is noth­ing more in­dul­gent and re­lax­ing than a La Mer skin­care rit­ual at the end of the day. What is your go-to La Mer prod­uct? I am a huge fan of The Re­newal Oil be­cause it in­stantly mois­turises my skin, leav­ing a glow that is never too oily. I love to mix it with La Mer’s The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foun­da­tion to add ex­tra ra­di­ance. Which city most rep­re­sents your beauty aes­thetic? Paris, my home, has deeply in­flu­enced how I view beauty. I love go­ing to the French phar­ma­cies to dis­cover prod­ucts. I mix my own face masks at the herbal stores. The beauty phi­los­o­phy is very close to my heart—good skin­care is the foun­da­tion of it all, and a woman’s nat­u­ral beauty is deeply val­ued. What can you never leave the house with­out? Red lip­stick. Yes, I’m very French.

La Mer The Pow­der, RM370

Cre­at­ing is art Vi­o­lette’s pieces with favourite make-up pas­time

La Mer The Pow­der Brush, RM260 La Mer The Re­newal Oil, RM890

@vi­o­let­te_fr puts up YouTube tu­to­ri­als fre­quently for fol­low­ers who love her day-to-day looks

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