I’ve admired Charlotte Tilbury‘s work ever since I first started paying attention to runway beauty. As an absolute makeup genius, she has beautified Tom Ford’s and Donna Karan’s catwalks, as well as numerous celeb faces, including Kate Moss, Penelope Cruz, and most recently, Amal Clooney for the MET Gala. Ms. Tilbury was in Toronto for the Canadian launch her eponymous skincare and makeup line. She’s as fabulous as you would imagine and calls everyone “darling.” This famous makeup artist is so serious about makeup, she’s never without it: Yes, she sleeps with her makeup on. In may sound a bit (okay, a lot) eccentric, but the fact that she’s so confident in the quality of her product makes me even more excited about it.
As suspected, the colours are fantastic. Tilbury based her collection on ten archetypal looks, my favourite being the Ingénue (think Mia Farrow and Kate Bosworth), The Rock Chick (Brigitte Bardot and Kate Moss), and, the look I’m wearing, The Rebel (Madonna and Grace Jones). The looks, which you can buy as a kit ($245-275) or as individual products, provide a “makeup wardrobe,” as Tilbury explains, using them as inspiration for day to day makeup dressing.
I decided to go a little lighter with The Rebel for spring, but the dramatic soft powder Luxury Shadow Palette ($64) allows for killer layering. It’s incredibly blendable and hard to mess up. Also super soft and blendable, Rock ‘N’ Khol Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black ($28) is ideal for the waterline, and I can’t say enough great things about the Full Fat Lashes Mascara ($34). The peachy Cheek to Chic Blusher in First Love ($50) provides a bit of softness against the dramatic smokey eye. I’m head-over-heels for the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Love Bite ($38), for its luminous cherry shade and the perfectly matching Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Kiss ‘N’ Tell ($27). (A runner-up lipstick colour would be Nude Kate, created for Kate Moss.) Not in The Rebel kit, but very much worth a splurge, is WonderGlow Primer ($65), which Tilbury calls “Gisele in a bottle.” It reflected so much light off my skin and me a unicorn glow — no highlighting needed here.
I’m not the kind of woman that always has impeccable makeup. My eyeliner is never perfect, my eyebrows never quite match and my lips are always slightly uneven. During her Toronto visit, Tilbury explained her formulations are all about “making the product as forgiving as it can be.” And forgiving it is, with superior quality and plenty of room for serendipitous makeup mishaps.
Available in June at Holt Renfrew in Toronto and Vancouver.