Last month I interviewed artist, free spirit and mega-babe Charlotte Tilbury for the Wall Street Journal. The makeup maven exudes personality and is never shy to crack a joke backstage whilst expertly applying lipstick on a model surrounded by cameras and flashing lights. Here is my intro for the feature and what the makeup guru had to say about her own beauty essentials.
Growing up on Ibiza, the daughter of a painter and location scout, Charlotte Tilbury was surrounded by artists, writers and actors. So it’s no surprise that the British makeup artist brings a creative eye to her work.
Whether she’s working backstage at fashion weeks, prepping film stars like Sienna Miller for the red carpet, at a cover shoot for magazines like Vogue, W and Harper’s Bazaar, or in front of the camera for her website’s How To videos, Charlotte can sculpt a face into something otherworldly—and sometimes even into simply the girl next door.
It’s a talent that has allowed her over two decades to amass a glitzy client list that includes the likes of Kate Moss, Penélope Cruz and Stella McCartney. And in 2013, she launched her own beauty line.
I caught up with the beauty guru to talk about her routines, staying fit and, of course, makeup.
“I always use my Clarisonic [sonic skin cleaning brush]. Nothing cleans my face so deeply, reaching every angle. I use it in combination with my Multi-Miracle Glow cleanser. It gives me a really deep clean and fights wrinkles at the same time. I’m also a big advocate of using rosewater as a skin purifier.
I wear the ‘Dolce Vita’ look pretty much every day. It brings out my eye color. I use facial contouring to enhance my cheekbones. The look is a bronze smoky eye, so the coppery tones complement the green in my eyes. I do a subtle feline flick to elongate and enlarge the eyes before lashings of mascara. To dial up the look for the evening, I reapply the eye makeup and amp up my lip color.
Tom Ford , MAC, Estée Lauder and Lancôme are always in my kit. Tom’s formulas and colors are amazing and MAC’s pro products are a must. Estée Lauder’s Maximum Cover concealer and Lancôme’s Modèle Sourcils Brow Groomer are kit essentials.
I’ve always been obsessed by Sixties icons like Brigitte Bardot, who had that gorgeous backcombed hair with a rock chick, disheveled twist. I don’t do much to my hair. I just wash it with Kérastase and blow-dry the fringe with a round brush, then blow-dry the roots. I finish with a bit of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and backcomb it with a Mason Pearson hairbrush, teasing it to get volume.
My life is hectic, so I’m always on the move. I’m not a sedentary person, but I don’t do the gym. There isn’t a pair of heels that are compatible with that and I’m such a high-heel addict.
I’d always had an ambition to apply the knowledge that I had accumulated over years to a revolutionary line of makeup that didn’t ostracize normal women. I wanted to decode my artistry.
At night I will reapply some “boudoir makeup”— just the liner and mascara, I call them my bedroom eyes! I remove the eye makeup with my Take It All Off eye-makeup remover before I reapply…. I’m fastidious about removing every bit of makeup to give my skin a rest.”
-Photo by Aimee Blaut in Paris; article originally published in the Wall Street Journal