Reminiscing With…Charlotte Tilbury
Beauty Nostalgia is a column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The pro: Charlotte Tilbury, makeup artist and founder of Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics
The product: “I was brought up in Ibiza, Spain, but went to boarding school in the south of England when I was 13. Compared to Spanish girls, the English wore a lot of makeup, and I thought they looked gorgeous. I remember applying mascara and my fair lashes were instantly transformed…as was my personality. Just a couple of slicks of the mascara wand and I felt more confident. I can’t really remember the first mascara I used, but I was obsessed with Helena Rubinstein and Estée Lauder, which were brands that my mother bought.
These days, I love Tom Ford’s Extreme Mascara in Raven, Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara, and Chanel Inimitable. I’ve never really been able to find one mascara that does everything, so I mix a few together. I always start by curling my lashes and then layer on the different [formulas] to get the look of longer, more defined, and luscious lashes. I also like to drag the mascara wand upward and outward in the [far] corners of the eyes so it creates a hypnotic feline shape. Mascara has definitely played an important role in my philosophy as an artist because, when you put on your makeup, you feel so confidant and empowered—like you really can take over the world.”—As told to Kari Molvar
Photos: Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty, Estée Lauder, Chanel