How to take your makeup from desk to dancefloor

charlotte tilbury party makeup group shot

Charlotte Tilbury is building an empire, and has no intention of slowing down. In addition to locations at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross and, most recently, Newcastle, she has now added to her infamous rose gold and burgundy counters to Fenwick Kingston

To celebrate the launch, we delved into the fabulous world of all things Tilbury to answer this season's most important question: with after-work Christmas parties looming, how can we take our makeup from desk to dancefloor?

In the A.M… 


charlotte tilbury base in the am

When you get ready for work, try to keep your makeup minimal. Spend some time focusing on your base and you’ll skim down on your party makeup time, as touching up your foundation and concealer can be time-consuming.

Start by applying the Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash Primer, £38.50. This innovative primer not only ensures that your foundation stays in place all day and into the evening, but also provides a gorgeous luminous glow to even the most tired skin thanks to its infused Fluorescent Core Light Diffuser. Follow up with its counterpart, the Light Wonder Foundation, £32, for an even and smooth finish.


charlotte tilbury cheeks in the am

Next, dab the Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher, £30, to the apples of your cheeks to bring colour to your complexion. Charlotte built this blusher with two steps in mind; swirl your brush on the outer shade then pop it into the middle powder for the perfect combination of colours. 


charlotte tilbury eyes in the am

Follow up with few slicks of the Full Fat Lashes in Glossy Black, £22, for voluminous lashes. If you feel like your eyes still look quite bare, use the Rock ‘n’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Bedroom Black, £19, to tight-line your top waterline. Doing this gives the illusion of top liner and gives your eyes subtle definition.

When the clock strikes 5…


charlotte tilbury base after 5

While sitting in your office, your skin may have produced oils that will make your face look shiny. Your hard base work will still be in place so matte things down with the Air Brush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder, £33. This finely milled powder compact contains Soft Focus Nano-Particules and light-reflecting ingredients to create an even and flawless look while bringing back your luminous finish.


charlotte tilbury eyes after 5

Nobody has time for eyeshadow when they’re in a rush, which makes Charlotte’s Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils, £19 each, so brilliant. These handy pencils, available in 13 shades, pack a creamy and long-lasting formula that glides seamlessly onto the lids. 

Simply scribble the pencil across your lids and along your lower lash line and blend out quickly before the formula sets. Not only is it guaranteed to stay in place all night, this pencil also eliminates the need for powder eyeshadows, meaning less mess and no fallout on your foundation.

Finish off the eyes with Charlotte’s Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Eyeliner Pen, £22. This intense ink-pen distributes a glossy eyeliner that delivers smudge-proof dramatic eyes. Inspired by Japanese Calligraphy, Charlotte ensured that this pen was developed with a fine-tipped nib, similar to those found on calligraphy pens. This means you can create the ultimate cat-eye flick with zero fuss.


charlotte tilbury contouring after 5

Add some dimension to your face with Charlotte’s Hollywood secret; the Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette. This two-pan compact has a gorgeous sunkissed bronzer on one side and a pearly highlighter on the other. 

Sculpt your face with the bronzer by contouring along the hollows of your cheeks, temples, jawbone and down the sides of your nose. Then apply the highlighter on parts of the face where light naturally hits, such as your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, chin and down the centre of your nose.

Both products are intensely pigmented, so be careful with how much your pick up on your brush to avoid entering disco ball territory.


charlotte tilbury lips after 5

No party look is complete without a bold lip, and when it comes to Christmas there’s nothing more appropriate than red. Reach for the gorgeous Matte Revolution Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet Red, £23. This intense ruby red is a gorgeous shade that works for all skin tones. 

Simply apply it to the lips (and be sure to blot off any excess) to complete your party-ready look. While matte lipsticks can be slightly drying, Charlotte has included Orchid Extract to ensure that your lips stay hydrated and soft. Matte formulas also last longer than glossy counterparts, meaning you can sip champagne throughout the night without fear of your lipstick feathering.

Charlotte Tilbury is available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross, Kingston and Newcastle

By Hanna Ibraheem