If there's one person who's got a serious arsenal of beauty secrets, it's British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. She's got a client list that includes the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kate Moss, Amal Clooney, and Rihanna, according to InStyle, plus an ultra-hip beauty line that celebs and beauty enthusiasts alike have flocked to since it launched in 2013. Yeah, it's safe to say Tilbury knows a thing or two about getting dolled up.
Known for her signature smoky eye, perfect pouts, and what she calls a "feline flick," Tilbury isn't typically minimalist, but her makeup style's glam-meets-natural aesthetic has a little something for everybody. Whether she's working on a red carpet or a catwalk look, she certainly knows how to bring out the best in everyone.
Despite her high-end credentials, though, she's always believed that everyone's beautiful — even if they don't know it themselves. "What really drives me is sharing the power of makeup with every woman," she told The Huffington Post. "Beauty is not an exclusive club. There are no unattractive women, just some that don't know they can be beautiful."
Tilbury's all about the inclusive aspect of beauty, so she's not shy about sharing her best beauty tips and tricks. Here are nine that can be total-game changers in your routine.
Revive Your Eyes With Drops
Feeling less than your best? Reach for the eye drops. "When you’re exhausted, sick, or hungover, a drop of Rohto Cool Max in each eye will remove any redness and make your whites super-bright," she told InStyle. "Your whole face will look healthier." Also, don't underestimate the power of an eyelash curler to open your eyes up, she told Heart.co.uk.
Invest In Your Brushes
Make your makeup work for you by applying it with the best. "It's essential to spend money on brushes and tools to get the best results from your makeup, Tilbury told Cosmopolitan UK. "Brushes can last you for years if they're well looked after, so they're definitely an important investment." That reminds me, I really should clean my brushes soon...
Your Skin = Your Canvas
"I take incredibly good care of my skin because you can’t have a beautiful painting without a beautiful canvas," Tilbury told Harper's Bazaar UK. She swears by a Clarisonic skin brush with her Multi-Miracle Glow cleanser, plus her Goddess Skin Clay Mask every other night before moisturizing with her renowned Magic Cream.
Choose Foundation In Natural Light
This one's a little tricky when you're shopping in-store, but it's worth it, according to Tilbury. "Check the color in natural daylight," she told Heart.co.uk. "First, apply a small amount from your cheek, across your jawline and down your neck to ensure the shade blends seamlessly between your face and neck." See if the store will give you a small sample to test outside before you buy.
Suck In Your Cheekbones For Ultimate Definition
For defined cheekbones, think like a fish and suck in your cheeks. "Follow the hollow of the cheekbone using the sculpt shade from my Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette," Tilbury told Heart.co.uk. "Use a finely tapered brush, such as my Powder & Sculpt Brush, for precise application."
Apply Blush Strategically
Where you apply your blush can totally determine the vibe of your look, says Tilbury. "For a more youthful look apply the color high up on the cheekbones," she told Cosmopolitan UK. "For an English Rose, healthy pop of color apply blush to the apples of the cheeks. The easiest way to work out where to apply your colour is by smiling in the mirror and applying the colour to where you cheeks are the most raised."
Pointed Q-Tips Are Lipstick's Best Friend
For perfect matte lips, "Use a square-tipped brush for a precise [lipstick] application, and then run a pointed Q-tip around the pout and Cupid’s bow to make lips look fuller," she told InStyle.
A Perfect "Feline Flick" Is All About Your Tools
The perfect cat eye, or "feline flick," as Tilbury calls it, relies more on your tools of choice than you might think. No matter your technique, "The most important thing is to make sure you have a sharp eyeliner pencil," she told Cosmopolitan UK. "For an intense boost of color go over with a gel liner and a brush."
Vaseline Is The Most Underrated Lip Product
The drugstore product Tilbury worships? Good ol' Vaseline. "A pop of Vaseline on the lips will make for a soft, kissable pout," she told Cosmopolitan UK. "I always have a pot... in my kit to smooth, moisturize and nourish."
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