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The ultimate guide to: Charlotte Tilbury

We spotlight the must-have pieces from this makeup artist to the stars.

Written by Jenny Brownlees
Published 23.12.2021

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Make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury was so highly sought after in the beauty biz, masterfully wielding her brushes to paint the faces of celebrities and models backstage, that the world began asking: ‘how can I recreate that look?’ In 2013, she answered the prayers of makeup lovers everywhere by launching her eponymous line. And the rest, as they say, is beauty history.

Charlotte turned her 28 years of expertise into high-quality products that revolutionised the global beauty industry – creating easy-to-use makeup that suits everyone and works at every age. That’s part of why we’re huge fans of CT here at HLN; whilst many brands seem to cater only to a small demographic, she wants gorgeous, glowy makeup to be accessible to the masses. If that wasn’t enough, via her website and Insta, the Queen of glamour willingly shares her transformative tips and tricks to help customers easily recreate her looks at home. It’s little wonder the brand is award-winning and record-breaking to boot.

Though she still regularly turns her magical makeup skills to glam celebs including Miranda Kerr, Naomie Harris, Salma Hayek, Gillian Anderson, Kim Kardashian and Amal Clooney, Charlotte believes that everyone deserves to look and feel like the most beautiful version of themselves, every day. The Iconic CT makeup look is glam personified – think glowing skin, sun-kissed cheeks, shimmering eyes and a perfect pinky-nude pout. Never OTT, just you – on your best day.

Follow Charlotte and her niece (and fellow MUA) Sofia on Instagram and you’ll be treated to videos showing how the top MUAs use the products IRL. The brand regularly feature women of all ages on their pages, showcasing that a great makeup look is timeless. If you’re looking for specific tutorials, the brand’s website offers a wealth of advice and how-tos, from creating a flawless base, to how to nail a show-stopping iridescent eyeshadow look.

If you’re browsing the website wondering which products to nab first, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by choice. To help you out, we decided to break down the very best buys, so you can get the most beauty bang for your buck.

Whether you’re new to the brand or a die-hard fan wondering which new products have the HLN seal of approval, we’re here to share the hero products we couldn’t get ready without. We have the scoop on which buys are in the kit bags of top make-up artists, loved by beauty influencers galore and which sets that are worth their weight in gold.

The Tilbury effect is real, people…

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Our Ultimate Charlotte Tilbury Hero Buys:

 

Wonderglow Face Primer – £39.00

As they say in the beauty sphere, it’s a crime not to prime. If you’re skipping this step, think again – this soft-focus primer blurs the look of imperfections, meaning foundation applies without settling in fine lines and pores.

Cult for a reason, this glow-giver has clinically proven results, with 100% of users agreeing skin looks dewy and radiant. Creating a beautiful base pre-foundation can help you achieve that iconic dewy-skinned look (not just for summer, FYI) that’s so hot RN. Better yet, this aptly named wonder product can be used on top of makeup to highlight key areas, like the cheekbones and cupids bow.

 

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Magic Away Concealer – £24.00

We all have those areas we’d like to conceal pre-makeup, and this full-coverage liquid concealer covers dark circles, blemishes and imperfections in a flash. It’s brimming with skin-loving ingredients, including: Wild Indigo extract to enhance the skin’s luminosity, Palmitoyl Glycine to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in your eyes, and Persian Silk Tree Bark Extract to contribute to the illusion of a lifted upper eyelid. We couldn’t be without it.

 

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Hollywood Flawless Filter Foundation – £34.00

Charlotte has found the formula for perfect, glowing skin and bottled it in her Flawless Filter Foundation. This is such a fan favourite that a bottle sells every 2 minutes. As the name suggests, this is the closest thing to a walking Instagram filter IRL.

We haven’t found anyone that doesn’t look, well, flawless in this illuminating, blurring, glow-giving foundation.

 

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Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder – £35.00

You may not have felt as excited about a face powder as you do, say, a shiny new lipstick, but this magic formula will change your mind. This award winner will smooth the complexion, hiding pores, fine lines and imperfections with ease. Adding a mere few brushstrokes of this wonder-product post-foundation gives an ultimate soft-focus, brightening finish to the complexion that means makeup lasts all day. We buy this baby in bulk.

 

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Airbrush Matte Flawless Bronzer – £39.00

This bronzer has won awards for its hydrating, hyaluronic acid-infused, blurring effect that can be used on the face and body. We’ve tried a wealth of other brands, and nothing compares – so it’s no wonder a unit sells every minute. You can just as easily create a precise contour as you can an all-over sun-kissed finish. Magic!

 

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The Hollywood Contour Duocontour / Highlighter – £51.00

Contouring may bring to mind extreme makeup looks, but this dreamy duo – applied under and over the cheekbones – adds definition to the face that has an instant lifting effect. Super blendable and lightweight, it looks as good in pictures as it does in person.

 

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Colour Chameleon Golden Quartz – £19.00

Whilst other eye pencils have failed to make an impression, this Colour Chameleon makes a sparkly eye look a breeze. Gliding on effortlessly, it’s our secret weapon for changing from day to night makeup in the mere stroke of a pencil. Lasting for up to 10 hours, we love this golden shade for brightening and widening the eyes.

 

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Eyes To Mesmerise – £22.00

What is a signature Charlotte Tilbury look without the addition of a sparkling eye, we hear you ask? This cream formula packs a punch in terms of show-stopping sparkle and will have you party-ready in minutes. Super easy to apply (best dabbed onto the lid with the ring finger, in our opinion) this little pot of magic creates maximum impact with minimum effort.

 

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Luxury Palette Pillow Talk – £40.00

The entire Pillow Talk range is loved the world over for good reason – we dare you to find anyone who doesn’t suit these sumptuous, shimmering Champagne shades. The quickest way to achieve romantic, glowy makeup, a mere swipe of this on the lids has such an impact. Pair with the Pillow Talk lipstick for a full-on look of luxe.

 

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Legendary Brows in Taupe – £19.00

Landing with a brand new formula, this tinted brow gel adds texture and fullness, coating and defining every single brow hair and, crucially, setting them in place so they stay all day. This is the simplest way to get that feathered and fluffy supermodel brow look that’ll lift the face in minutes.

 

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K.I.S.S.I.N.G Bitch Perfect – £25.00

No Tilbury product love-in would be complete without the brand’s iconic lippies. And yes, Pillow Talk has to be in there, but we’ve fallen equally hard for the shade Bitch Perfect. The ideal nude-toned peach, this is our buy for hydrated, cashmere-soft lips that stay put. No wonder one flies off the shelves every two minutes.

 

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Pillow Talk Lipstick Original – £25.00

An icon in its own right, when Ms. Tilbury said, ‘lipstick is happiness in a tube!’, she was right.

This matte, nude-pink lipstick is a favourite of celebrities and supermodels the world over, and there’s no reason you can’t get in on that pillow-y, plumping lip action, too. Like your lips, but better, this moisturising formula – enriched with nourishing orchid extract – smooths and shapes to perfect every pout. It’s formulated for every woman at every age and any skin tone, and is our no. 1 desert island beauty buy.

 

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Lip Cheat Pillow Talk Original – £17.00

A lip pencil has never been high up on our must-have list, but Tilbury’s lip pencils are like no other we’ve tried. So creamy that they glide on effortlessly, these clever lip liners have achieved sell-out success.

Coming in a waterproof, velvety formula they re-shape and re-size the appearance of your lips with ease, pair this secret weapon with its coordinating lippy and you won’t be disappointed. The results are visibly fuller-looking lips with the most dreamy, lustrous finish.

 

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Nudegasm Face Palette – £60.00

If you love a multi-use product, we couldn’t recommend the brand new Nudegasm Palette highly enough. Inspired by Charlotte’s backstage beauty secrets for giving models a trending glow, these universally-flattering shades suit everyone. Sculpt, bronze, blush and add a glow to the eyes with these luminous and translucent textures and people will be asking if you’ve just stepped out from having a facial.

 

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The Supermodel Look Makeup Set: Light – £165.00

Looking to invest in a full-look kit? The Supermodel Look is our ultimate pick, featuring seven iconic products to nail that runway-ready glow. Splashing out on one of Charlotte’s full-look sets may seem spendy, but you’re saving by buying in a bundle and, not only do products last, you can create an abundance of looks with this one clever kit, too.

 

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The Holiday Collection 2021

Looking to treat a loved one (or yourself) this holiday season? As ever, the CT gods have come through with a dazzling selection of limited edition products. Race you to the till…

Charlotte's Beauty Dreams & Secrets - £150.00

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Charlotte's Hollywood Look - £150.00

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Pillow Talk Dreams Come True - £300.00

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