Meet Charlotte Tilbury: the woman who makes the stars beautiful

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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

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“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.”

Charlotte on Jennifer Lopez

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“Jennifer Lopez is a true star and her honeyed skin-tone, wide, almond-shaped eyes and bambi-lashes are a makeup artist’s dream to work with. I introduced Jennifer to contouring and she has been obsessed ever since. It really carves out the facial framework and enhances the cheekbones.

It’s why I created my Filmstar Bronze & Glow so everyone can achieve killer cheekbones in seconds. Use a precision brush to apply the natural bronze shade along the inside of the cheekbones - suck in your cheeks and follow the hollow. Then, recreate Jennifer’s candlelit glow with the Highlight shade, dusting it lightly over the top of the cheekbones, down the nose and on the cupid’s bow where the sun would naturally hit you.”

Charlotte on Kate Moss

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“Kate has the most incredible features which are perfect for beauty – a gorgeous heart-shaped face, almond-shaped eyes and rose-bud lips. We met on a shoot nearly twenty years ago and immediately hit it off. She’s one of my closest friends and godmother to my four-year-old son Flynn. I’ve done her make-up for so many special occasions since then, from birthdays, to her wedding, and awards and launches.

The Rock Chick look, which she inspired, is defined by a sexy feline eye, smokiness, and lashings of mascara finished off with the perfect nude lip. The palette is the perfect blend of soft greys and sooty charcoals, and the Feline Flick Shodo Pen ensures a precise flick in one stroke. It is the perfect look for a true chameleon. For her, beauty and style is effortless."

Charlotte on Amal Clooney


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Her bridal make-up was flawless and Charlotte Tilbury revealed to Us Weekly how she created the look. First she used Supermodel Body [shimmer lotion] on her legs, to highlight her extra-toned limbs. "It really sort of shapes and contours and highlights her incredible limbs that she has and that worked amazingly because we had quite a few short dresses,” Tilbury told Us Weekly.

For her face, Tilbury used her Revolutionary Matte Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame, a bright red and softer rose. "We used the blushes, the Love Glow blushes, to really contour her face and highlight her cheek bones. I gave her a dusty, bronzy kind of glow. We used a little bit of my Sophisticate palette on the eyes and my Full Fat Lashes Mascara."

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By Claire Brayford