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She is famed for making women beautiful. It is that simple. When Penelope Cruz, Kate Moss and Jennifer Lopez have to paparazzi-proof their look they turn to flame-haired beauty queen Charlotte Tilbury. It is her in hands they trust, so much so that when Amal Alamuddin wanted flawless make-up for her wedding to George Clooney, her first choice was Tilbury. Now with her full make-up range launching in Fenwick Bond Street this month, we asked her for the secrets behind her most famous looks including her trademark "feline flick".
Charlotte on Penelope Cruz
“I always adore working with Penelope; I’ve worked with her countless times, most recently at the 2014 Oscars. She is truly a modern day icon with her raven-haired locks and dark-eyed natural beauty. I created The Dolce Vita look from my collection with Penelope, Monica Bellucci and Sofia Loren in mind. It’s all about that sultry, smouldering Mediterranean look; rich beautiful brown eyes, and seductive, full and pillowy pink lips.
Within the eye palette I wanted to capture the enchanting burnished bronzes, molten coppers and warm chocolates of the sun-kissed Mediterranean, which creates that smouldering eye for Penelope. She is in love with this look and it is so easy to use that she could do it herself – it nearly took me out of a job! I created Penelope Pink lipstick, a beautiful nude pink hue after the shade I used to mix for Penelope – it mimics that natural flush of colour.”