This Rare Video of Elizabeth Taylor Doing Her Makeup Is Everything

"Shadow, crease, and liner. Boom👏."

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If you have yet to dive into reading How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood (opens in new tab) (which you should honestly do ASAP), you may not realize that she spent literally every single *second* of her life being fabulous. Which, of course, means she became an expert at getting dolled up.

We were reminded of as much when makeup-artist-to-the-Kim-Kardashian-era-stars Mario Dedivanovic took to Instagram recently to post one very #TBT-worthy video of Taylor applying her eye makeup in savage fashion.

"She did that eye in seconds with that tiny brush," wrote Dedivanovic. "Shadow, crease, and liner. Boom👏."

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That violet-eyed stare as she finished off the cat-eye wing? I mean, damn. Beauty vloggers, take notes, because this is how it's done.

And fun fact about Taylor's signature blue smoky eye: According to legendary makeup artist, chemist, and Gállány (opens in new tab) beauty founder Ida Gàl-Csiszar, Taylor was obsessed with making her eye balls look extra white (the sleeper hit of makeup tricks (opens in new tab)), and smudged on a deep indigo shadow to do so. "Blue is on the opposite side of the color wheel and balances a red eye," explains Gàl-Csiszar.

Watch the full video, where you can also get schooled in the art of tipping your sunglasses like a bawse, below.

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.