Everyone gets a little snap-happy around the holidays, who can blame us when we’re constantly sipping on cocktails with our nearest and dearest while wearing all our most festive and photographable wardrobe pieces?
In preparation for the most-photographed season of the year and to get your face ready to give well, good face, I wanted to introduce you to the MAGICAL world of Charlotte Tilbury.
Created by UK celebrity Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury the brand is known for face-changing products, innovative formulas and silver screen worthy rose-gold casing.
As a woman with a 20+ years span as a makeup artist who has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion and beauty – from the world’s best photographers like Mario Testino and Steven Klein, to A-list celebrities and models such as Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne, Charlotte Tilbury certainly knows her stuff.
Every tip and trick she’s learned along the way has shaped her makeup and skin care line. Famous for making skin look like the Snapchat “pretty” filter she introduced the world to the concept of a dry sheet mask and has sold out of her instantly iconic Bar of Gold highlighter more times than I can count. Her eponymous range stars high-performance formulas, daring color palettes and the most exquisite, boudoir-worthy packaging. It’s stylish, decadent and fabulously feminine- everything you need to create a perfect holiday look.
I gathered some of my favorites from the brand to give you a quick sampling of the magic that is Charlotte Tilbury.
Wonder Glow Instant Soft Focus Face Primer
This glow boosting youth infused face primer is truly a magical youth elixer.
It’s a cross between an anti-age elixir and a complexion-enhancing light diffuser to give your skin an instant “spotlight” effect. Collagen-boosting peptides and patented wrinkle-preventing ingredients are fused with light-reflecting microspheres with a fluorescent core that fill in wrinkles and scatter light to blur away lines and flood skin with luminosity.
It can be used underneath foundation, on its own for a easy, effortlessly dewy look or on top of makeup through-out the day to give your skin an instant pick-me-up!
Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Housed in a gorgeous rose gold palette this this bronzer/highlight duo will help you slim, sculpt, shorten, trim and highlight your features- hello perfect photos! The bronzer is a blend of pearl and pigment to help contour your face and mimic that sun-kissed skin while the highlighter has a golden base to universally flatter any skin tone, with Light Flex Technology to capture and reflect light just where you want it creating a candle light glow to your cheekbones.
The ultimate way to give yourself a little just returned from a vacay in the Caribbean look during the winter months!
Full Fat Lashes
Ok who doesn’t want full fat lashes, right! This best-selling, award-winning mascara will give you it all! Curl, separation, volume, length and drama! Features ingredients for the ultimate false lash effect lashes. I’m all about the wand when it comes to mascaras and this 5-grooved brush is EVERYTHING! It deposits just the right amount of mascara along the lash line, pushing your lashes up and out while fine-tipped bristles catch every lash, no matter how short or fine, coating them from root to tip in the glossy black formula! The buildable formula creates voluptuous lashes that don’t dry up and fall onto your cheeks!
Matte Revolution Red Carpet Red Long-Lasting Lipstick
Not only will this gorgeous lip color last through several cocktails it is also pretty magical for a Matte Lipstick. While most matte lip colors tend to dry you out Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution features ingredients for plump, hydrated lips in a matte finish formula. This true red shade is perfect for creating a glamorous holiday lip.
The Feline Flick in Panther
Oh my Kitty Cat eyes! You all know that I am a liquid liner aficionado and SUPER picky about them.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Feline Flick is my #1 liquid liner recommend for a sexy, cat-like eyeliner in a PERFECT intense black formula!
The ink-rich pen glides on and sets quickly to prevent feathering and smudging and the fine-tipped calligraphy brush applicator gives you ultimate control for a precise line. The tip of the Shodō Pen has been specially crafted to create the perfect angled flick. It glides on so smoothly there is no accidental skipping or catching on your skin! You cat-eye gals out there know what I’m talking about! Nothing but a straight, even line.
Luxury Eye Shadow Palette in Dolce Vita
OOOH these colors! Luxurious copper-toned, bronze and champagne shades which create a stunning gilded holiday eye. The 4 shade quad palette includes Prime (upper left): golden peach with a shimmer finish, Enhance (upper right): rusty brown with a satin finish Smoke (lower right): warm chocolate with a satin finish, Pop (lower left): copper bronze with a metallic finish.
Cheek to Chic in First Love
Since trying this I can’t imagine life without it.
When discussing this cheeky product Charlotte says (yes I’m just calling her Charlotte now because at this point I feel like we are besties) that she’s “always seeking to re-create that shimmering, youthful flush of excitement you get when you’re in love, she calls it the ‘love glow’”. It’s a 2-step application which instantly brightens dull skin and gives your cheeks a glow.
To get the look Charlotte suggests you swish the brush around the outer shade and tap off the excess. Run the brush flat, up the cheekbone starting from the apple of the cheek, to structure the face. Then, to make your cheeks pop, take the pointy end of the brush, dip it in the centre colour and tap off the excess. Apply to the apples of the cheeks to make them pop and glow. Blend seamlessly together.
The perfect creamy, color-rich texture in a gorgeous peach shade to enliven dull skin.
Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk and K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect
Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk
Charlotte swears that you can “cheat your way to the perfect lip!” And the solution lies in her lip liners.
Pillow Talk is the MOST iconic of her liners. A muted pinky-nude that delivers what I can only describe as a ‘cushiony’ effect. It softens the somewhat drastic contrast between my skin and the natural rosiness of my lips, blurring away the edges of my mouth in a very flattering way, Think nude lips à la Angelina Jolie and Brigitte Bardot.
The rich, velvety formula helps reshape and resize your lips for a perfect pout. Pillow Talk is a barely-there nude shade that will suit all types of skin tones.
K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect
A perfect pairing with Pillow Talk, this luxe formula features ingredients for hydrated, cashmere soft lips in a peach-toned nude lipstick is perfect for every day wear or layering with your favorite lipgloss!
This is truly the perfect nude.
Charlotte’s Magic Cream
This iconic formula is a cult classic fashion week backstage secret adored by models and celebrities, it contains a “secret mix” of patented anti-aging ingredients that hydrate skin while lifting and transforming dullness so skin is flooded with moisture which in turns leaves you with a glowing complexion. It also fights aging by stimulating collagen production and cell energy while fighting free radicals and reducing the appearance of wrinkles restoring hydration and elasticity so skin looks smoother.
The thick formula absorbs quickly and a small amount goes a long way! Don’t waste this magic by over applying!
To experience the Charlotte Tilbury Holiday Magic for yourself visit CharlotteTilbury.com or if you are in Las Vegas their brand new beauty counter at Nordstrom Fashion Show.