Charlotte Tilbury Beauty finally arrived in Vancouver the same time as I was designing the make-up for a new TV series called The Magicians in 2014.  I’d seen a lot of incredible signage signalling the arrival of the Brit Make-Up artist’s new counter at Holt Renfrew, where I did most of my make-up shopping (pre Nordstrom days it was between HR and Sephora) so when it landed I do believe I left work early, don’t tell anyone, and made a beeline for the beauty floor. For research purposes you understand, you gotta know what’s out there. I even booked into a Masterclass when the woman herself came to Vancouver, cos it’s important to keep learning all the time and you do that by meeting as many artists as possible.

Surely it should say The World’s #2 Make-Up Artist!

I immediately took to the colours and textures of Tilbury’s make-up and the first things I bought – Magic Cream, eyeshadow quads, lipsticks, glosses and the fantastic beachsticks and colour chameleon pencils worked beautifully for camera and were perfect for the series about a group of beautiful young things studying magic at an invisible university in upstate New York. I quickly stocked lots from the line in the make-up trailer and into our beautiful make-ups for the show (which is now in it’s third season. I left after the first one) and am still a CT fan in my professional and personal lives, because it’s easy to use, gives very pretty results and is great quality for the money IMO. If you haven’t tried Magic Cream under your makeup yet you might want to give it a whirl. I’m talking beautiful skin and best face forward kind of stuff. Always ask for samples.

One thing though I didn’t especially love (and still don’t) when I first saw it was the make-up wardrobe concept of specific looks, although strangely enough when I was buying for Stella I unknowingly picked a few things from the Golden Goddess look, but only because I knew they’d look fab on her and suit the character she was playing, an earthy, intelligent urban women.  I suppose having “looks” (Ingenue, Bombshell etc) may make it easier for a non- makeup artist customer to choose stuff but I’d much rather women buy makeup because it flatters them and makes them feel good, not because it’s part of a pre-ordained “look”. If a “look” gives you some ideas and helps you then go for it, but also please try stuff that you simply like the look of.

Golden Goddess or not, I think you’ll agree that Stella’s makeup flattered her beautifully, and gave her a naturally sexy look without being overly made-up. These colours look beautiful on almost every skintone.  I use the beautiful gold / brown eyeshadows on myself often so don’t think they’re only for brunettes. This is what I used to get Stella’s look:

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream – Moisturiser – 50ml

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation mixed with Armani Fluid Sheer No. 10 ( my fave, I’ll do a post about the fluid sheers one of these days)

Amazing Concealer in Medium Golden for under her eye – available from Marks & Spencer in the UK, this one’s a great colour for medium olive skins but always try concealer on and go outside to see how it looks in real light. Lighter skin tones will do better in Medium Beige. Go back a few posts to read about my rules for concealer xo

NARS Concealer Stick 

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick – Lip and Cheek Colour – Ibiza for contouring, using a cream in stick form is really pretty and this one is a bit shimmery so doesn’t give the flat, ashy contour look which I am NOT a fan of

YSL Touche Eclat for highlighting

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick – Lip and Cheek Colour – Las Salinas

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish – Powder – 2 Medium. Not a fan of powder but needed it to dull the shine in a couple of spots for camera. Please don’t use powder on your cheeks or cheekbones if want that healthy glow

NARS Brow Perfector – Stella has beautiful natural brows so I used the pencil to fill in a couple of places and to extend the length of the brow

NARS Brow Gel – to keep everything in place for long days and nights of filming

MAC – Eye Shadow – Brule – a brilliant base colour for any eyeshadow look, light to medium skin tones

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette – Eyeshadow – The Golden Goddess

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl – Eye Liner – Barbarella Brown

MAC – Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara – Haute & Naughty Black – one of my fave mascaras, you can take it from natural to luscious by changing brushes (it comes with 2 options) and it’s not too pricey.  and as a highlight for darker skin

Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Lip Kit

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre – Lip Gloss – High Society

If you have any questions about application techniques please ask! I’d love to answer any of your questions and am always ready to give top tips xo


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