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Beauty 411: Charlotte Tilbury


Charlotte TilburyFashion 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.

“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,

“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.

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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Backstage at Donna Karan: Bohemian Rhapsody


karlie-klossAlthough there were plenty of supermodels of the moment on the premises (Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, and Hilary Rhoda to name just three), the hair and makeup was inspired by originals like Marisa Berenson and Lauren Hutton. “I haven’t updated [their look] that much, I’ve got to be honest,” said face painter Charlotte Tilbury. She mixed two MAC Face and Body Foundation shades to warm up the skin, applied a burnt amber blush across the cheeks, and used a large, fluffy brush to dust Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder on the temples and points of the face where the sun would naturally hit. The lids were lined with Eye Kohl in Teddy, and a bronze-gold cream shadow was washed around the eyes. To get spiky, seventies fringe, Tilbury curled it “up, up, up,” and then coated each individual lash on top and bottom with a combo of two mascaras—Opulash to build volume, and Haute & Naughty over top to set. The lip color was a blend of beigy pink lipstick and russet-colored gloss.

In contrast to the grungy and raw textures we’ve seen this week, the sleek and straight strands created by Eugene Souleiman were refreshingly minimalist and clean. Since he wanted the hair to “fly,” it was free of styling products—with the exception of hair spray on the pinned-back piece in front. After blowing hair dry with a round brush to stretch and smooth the cuticle, Souleiman ran a flatiron from roots to ends. He used the pointed tip of a rattail comb to devise a section from forehead to crown that was the exact width of the metal barrette and then proceeded to divide it into thinner layers, each doused in hair spray and flattened against the head using a small bristle brush and blow-dryer with a concentrated nozzle. Finally, the simple yet graphic accessory was snapped into place. The end result was easy, sexy, and glamorous.


Charlotte Tilbury: A Wizard for Tired Skin


charlotte-tilbury-magic-creamDiane von Furstenberg’s selfie that she posted this morning after last night’s show pretty much sums up how I feel at the present time in my New York fashion week-induced fog. Lucky for me, however, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury sent over a preview of her Magic Cream Treat & Transform Moisturiser SPF 15 (available only in the U.K. for now). And seeing as I’m all about a fast fix at the moment, this slightly shimmery formula laced with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and soothing floral extracts delivers. I think I’ve gotten more compliments on my foundation-less complexion in the past four days than ever before, which is saying a lot since I’m going on about four hours of sleep. Tilbury has been secretly testing this illuminating potion she conjured up about two decades ago on models and her high-profile clients, and now it’s making its way to the masses. Although it’s not set to arrive Stateside until Spring 2014, I’m already enchanted.

Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury

Preserved Glamour at Prabal Gurung


Prabal Gurung

The backstory behind the “glass” box on the designer’s runway and the hair and makeup that was built around it goes something like this: “It’s almost like [the girls] aren’t human—as if they’ve been preserved through time, and then, for this one moment, they are let out to feel the reality of the world,” hairstylist Paul Hanlon said without stopping to take a breath. So how exactly does that translate into a look for real, live models?

For maquillage master Charlotte Tilbury that meant creating perfect, pore-less skin using liberal amounts of concealer on the lids, around the eyes, nose, and mouth. Then, topping that with a full face of MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation and a dusting of finely milled Prep + Prime Transparent CC Powder in Adjust. The cheeks, brows, and lashes were left bare so the lips could take center stage. To create the illusion of a more voluptuous, Irving Penn-inspired pout, the outside of the mouth was slightly overdrawn with lip pencil. Tilbury filled in the middle with three custom-blended shades—Pepto pink, acidic lilac, and bright orange with a kick of red—made using various combinations of Lipmix in White, Crimson, Burgundy, and Orange. The finishing touch was a coffee-colored, feline flick on the upper lash line that was reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe in her last sitting with Bert Stern.

Hanlon’s interpretation of Gurung’s tale required “lots of product” for shiny, “surreal” strands that looked as if they’d been dipped in formaldehyde. He started by making an almost surgical right side part and taming any flyaways with Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Softn’ Straight (a smoothing balm). Next, he doused the hair from the roots to the neck with the line’s Freeze strong-hold hair spray and flattened it against the head by hitting it with heat from a blow-dryer. Wavy “S” shapes were molded into the remaining length using Flatliner heat-protecting serum and a straightening iron. Hanlon misted on Sparkler (a shine spray) to lend a “vinyl” finish to the look.

Eight polishes—three of them being pearlescent pastels developed by Gurung in conjunction with Sally Hansen (available in March)—were used to coordinate with the colors in his collection. And while I hate to say, “I told ya so” (OK, so I don’t exactly hate it), finger painter Ana-Maria used a forthcoming matte top coat over three-quarters of the nail and a glossy lacquer across the tips to create a textural twist on the French manicure. Looks like some beauty trends will forever be sustained.

Photo: Ivan Lattuada/Indigitialimages

Benefit Makes Flying Glamorous Again; J.Crew Goes Bare for Fall; And More


Benefit BusTSA swiped your face wash? Forgot your go-to mascara? Leave it to Benefit to create a pretty-in-pink solution. The brand recently launched its first Glam Up and Away kiosk in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas. The vintage beauty bus holds thirty of the brand’s best-selling products, and twenty-four additional machines are set to appear later this year in airports such as JFK in New York City and McCarran International in Las Vegas. [WWD]

One could say that Jenna Lyons made hot pink and tangerine lipstick a must-have for the masses by slicking these shades on models for the J.Crew catalog. In a recent interview, however, women’s fashion director Gayle Spannaus revealed that she prefers flawless skin, brushed brows, and subdued, nude lips to loud mouths for fall. []

Backstage regular Charlotte Tilbury is starting a “make-up revolution” and making it easier than ever by dividing the collection into ten looks (five natural and five nocturnal). This week, the face painter is introducing each “woman” and posting a how-to video tutorial online. []

Another day, another September cover for Cara Delevingne. This time, Karl Lagerfeld shot the super for the latest issue of Numéro magazine and played up the model’s ink against an all-black Dior trench. [Instagram]

Photo: Courtesy of Benefit