Beauty 411: Charlotte Tilbury
Fashion weeks (yup, plural) just wouldn’t be the same without the magnificent work of Charlotte Tilbury. The London-based makeup artist with a more-than-two decades-long career has become a ubiquitous backstage presence—her Marisa Berenson-inspired creations for Donna Karan just this week were particularly killer—and an immediately recognizable one at that, with her flame-colored lioness mane and omnipresent pair of heels. Besides tending to basically every single notable model’s visage, Tilbury also counts celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, and Penélope Cruz as regulars and has, over the years, collaborated with an impressive list of style luminaries, Katie Grand, Carine Roitfeld, Stella McCartney, and Tom Ford among them. And this month, Tilbury launched her very own meticulously curated line of makeup at Selfridges in London. Needless to say, we were eager to pick her beauty brain.
THE COMPLEXION ESSENTIAL
“My number-one must have is a facial from the incredible Sarah Chapman. She gives you the most relaxing and youth-boosting facials, which are essential after the craziness of the fashion weeks.”
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Clinic, 106 Draycott Ave., London, 0207-589-9585, www.sarahchapman.net.
THE NAIL GURU
“My manicurist, Claudine Cooke, gives me the most amazing manicures and pedicures in London. Make sure you follow her on Twitter @claudine_cooke.”
House calls only, 011-44-790-349-3674.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAUNTS
“I live in Notting Hill, in London, and it’s the perfect place [to find] inspiration for my work. I love to browse Portobello Market for vintage treasures and can’t help stopping at Mr. Christian’s on Elgin Crescent for some [delicious] food.”
THE HOMEGROWN FAVORITE
“I grew up on the island of Ibiza. I try to go home at least once a year, and when I do, I make sure that I visit the local pharmacies, where I find the most incredible Rose Vaselina that you can’t get in London.”
THE ONE-AND-ONLY BEAUTY NECESSITY
“Mascara is my desert island must-have! I started using it at the age of 13 and I haven’t stopped since. My lashes are instantly transformed from fair and short to long, luscious, and glossy. It’s also so important to curl them to open up your eyes and get that perfect flutter.”
THE VERY SIGNATURE SCENT
“I have been mixing my own scent for years, and I just can’t live without it. It’s a blend of rose, neroli, and some secret ingredients inspired my childhood in Ibiza and my mother’s rose-scented beauty products.”
THE MANE TAMERS
“Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and a Mason Pearson hairbrush are my haircare essentials. I am so inspired by sixties icon Brigitte Bardot and her gorgeous, slight beehive hairstyle. I use these products to tease my hair and give it a little bit of height in the back.”
Both available at www.neimanmarcus.com.