Gucci and Violette Team Up for an Epic Holiday Lip Color Swap!
“I’m a living cliché with my bangs and my red lipstick!” exclaims Violette, the French-born, Brooklyn-based editorial makeup artist, with a laugh. Naturally, as the creative force behind Violette_FR—a five-years-in-the-making vegan cosmetics line of eye shadows, lipsticks, and skincare—that infamous crimson mouth is now the result of her own meticulous design.
“It took me a year-and-a-half just to develop the color,” Violette explains of Petal Bouche, an extraordinarily pigmented liquid lip formula inspired by the memory of a black rose that she came across in Paris’s Jardin de Bagatelle as a child. “You can really create this ombre effect, like a petal,” adds the 38-year-old Gallic beauty, who studied fine arts at the École du Louvre before trading paint canvases for bare skin on a whim—and capturing the attention of French Vogue's then editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld.
Now an Instagram juggernaut with an audience of 430k and a booming YouTube channel, she's worked hard to infuse the Violette_FR brand’s daring pigments with approachability and signature Parisian panache. So who better for Gucci to speed dial on a recent fall morning for an impromptu holiday lip color swap?
Without missing a beat, Violette dips into Westman Atelier's Lip Suede Bordeaux lip palette, while Gucci grabs Violette_FR's Petal Bouche. Watch what happens next.
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