In honor of Kate Moss’ triumphant return to Topshop as a designer (her collection makes its debut on April 30 at the British retailer, Nordstrom, and Net-a-Porter), Nowness teamed up with the super’s network to create a series of eight short films. In the first installment, makeup pro Charlotte Tilbury waxes poetic about the power of Moss’ lips. The face painter even has a lipstick shade in her namesake line (arriving stateside in September) dedicated to her longtime client: Nude Kate. (Not to mention the model has a range of her own tubes as the face of Rimmel London.) So close is Kate to Tilbury, that the beauty guru granted Moss (along with Penélope Cruz and Liberty Ross) one of the few coveted samples of her venerated Magic Cream before it was officially put in a jar and sold to the general public. “If I really loved you, you got a pot,” Tilbury told me recently. Here, she reveals what makes Moss a revolutionary (as pointed out during a meeting with Fidel Castro) and her ability to make even “a towel in a spa” look cool.
The pro: Sarah Buscho, herbalist and cofounder of Earth Tu Face
The product: “I’ve been obsessed with jasmine for as long as I can remember. They grow all over California, and although they bloom most of the year, the highest concentration of the flowers grace vines during summer. Their smell reminds me of warm evenings, vacation days full of freedom, and times running barefoot in my dad’s garden. I could put my face in the flower clumps and breathe in deeply for hours. As strong as their scent is, it is elusive and difficult to capture in perfume form. I tried every jasmine fragrance I could find growing up, but none captured the true spirit of the [bloom's] powerful perfume. This is how I discovered essential oils. Jasmine essential oil came closer to the hypnotic smell I craved. My favorite was Oshadhi’s Jasmine Sambac Absolute. I would add a few drops to a bottle of water and use it as a face and body spray for a heavenly experience. To this day I have an Arabian jasmine plant in my bedroom and a common jasmine [Jasminum officinale] growing on my porch. I will never tire of their uplifting and euphoric scent.”
Face painter Francesca Tolot is Beyoncé’s go-to makeup artist—and has been since the Destiny’s Child days. She also counts Madonna, Diana Ross, and Elizabeth Taylor among her current and former clients. Helmut Newton, too, frequently called upon her services. NBD. The only time the pro has ever been starstruck was upon meeting Taylor on one of Newton’s shoots. “My mom adored her—she was her idol. She even dressed me like Cleopatra when I was little,” she said. “I took a Polaroid with [Taylor], and I never ask [clients] for a picture or autograph, but I had to do it so I could send it to my mom. To the day she died, she had that photo in her wallet.” I imagine many people’s parents today would feel the same way about Beyoncé. Here, Tolot reveals everything (well…almost everything) you ever wanted to know about the Queen:
Being a Member of the Carter Crew Is Like Working in the CIA: When asked how she kept the visual album under wraps, Tolot said, “The way I do it is I completely erase it from my mind. There are some things I don’t even tell my family, like when she was pregnant. I literally told no one, that way I’m sure if it goes out, it’s not me. It’s not that I don’t trust my family, I just don’t want to put the pressure on them to remember not to talk about it.” So essentially it’s like being an agent in the CIA? I quipped. “Exactly.”
Yoncé’s Tastes—Like Her Music—Have Evolved: Rewind to 2003 and you’ll see Tolot’s influence. “When I first met her [on the set of “Crazy in Love”], she was wearing a lot of makeup, as probably most people did around that time—especially in the music business. That was one thing I brought to her: no-makeup makeup, which made her look and feel good. She knows who she is—it was just a matter of presenting to her. She definitely bought into [the idea] immediately.”
You Have as Many Hours in a Day as Beyoncé: But you’ll never be Queen—even Tolot has never seen a celebrity with so much “drive.” When asked if Beyoncé ever sleeps while getting her hair and makeup done: “No, never. I’ve never seen that happen. She’s not one of those people that comes and falls asleep on set or in the makeup chair.”
Madge and Bey Have More Than Just Their Makeup Artist in Common: Tolot noted that both Beyoncé and Madonna run the show and don’t skimp on the details. “Madonna was always very much in charge in what the final look would be. She was very observant—she would remember if I did the liner one way and the next time I did it [differently]. She would know.”
She Gets Gorgeous on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: As for the toughest place Tolot has ever had to primp Beyoncé: “On a bus on a windy street driving up a mountain—I get car sick. That was with Destiny’s Child when we were in Europe for some promotional tour.” And this coming from the woman who has applied mascara on a landing jet.
There’s More Than One Way to Get Her Glow: Shimmery bronzer or highlighter from MAC and NARS Blush in (what else?) Orgasm are the tools Tolot frequently employs to achieve Beyoncé’s luminous complexion. “Sometimes it’s just not using powder and leaving the sheen of the foundation,” she added. From the neck down, MAC body makeup, NARS Body Glow, and RCK Luminous Body Glow are all frequently on deck.
Queen Bey Is a Fearless Beauty Leader: “There isn’t anything she won’t try. She’s open to whatever it takes to achieve the idea and the result [she’s after]. As far as makeup goes, she’s not scared of anything.” As if I ever had any doubts.
“I learned that when you’re up onstage, your makeup should be dramatic in order for the last person in the last row to be able to see it. [Through dance] I learned to have fun by becoming a character, by telling a story with what I wear and what I put on my face and how I style my hair…I still enjoy telling stories—even when I’m walking a red carpet.”
Despite her minimalist aesthetic—red lips and black liner—the beauty lessons Saldana learned as an aspiring dancer continue to serve her well as she embarks on her latest role as a L’Oréal Paris spokesperson. While she says she “walks a very fine line with looking like a drag queen” the more makeup she wears, her multiple roles that require a total transformation prove otherwise—Saldana is probably the most gorgeous girl with green skin we’ve ever seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. In this month’s Beauty Essentials, the starlet reveals her top tricks, her drugstore buys, and the spray she’s still using from her days at the ballet barre.