Very recently, Selfridges in Manchester unveiled their whopping, new Charlotte Tilbury stand. And it is UNREAL. Charlotte Tilbury (the brand) came to Manchester last Autumn but the make up is proving to be so popular, that they clearly needed to expand. To celebrate the launch, I was invited down to see the stand first hand and book in for a makeover with lead Make Up Artist Jules! What a TREAT!
So first up. Choosing your signature look! Charlotte Tilbury has come up with this fab concept where you can choose the look that most suits you / your style; and then to make it super easy, you can literally buy the whole look. I really like this, as I do tend to do have literally one look for day and one for night...
There were two looks that immediately caught my eye - The Rock Chick (think tousled hair, smokey eyes and lots of liner) and The Bombshell (All glam with a red lip) but as these two are literally my day-to-night looks, I wanted to try something different. So I went for the Vintage Vamp look! Featuring an antique smokey eye and a deep lip, here's how I got on:
Hmm, I'm not really enjoying this rather close-up pic of my half naked face... But this does show how flawless the base of this look was. When I went for my make over, I was sadly full of a cold and a bit run down. I had a few breakouts here and there, but the amazing Jules managed to make me look almost human again!
She started by removing all traces of my existing make up with the multi-miracle glow (which smelt divine) and then applying a layer of Charlotte's Magic Cream. Now at £70, this is pretty pricey but it comes highly recommended. An anti-aging, moisturising, luminating cream, this is billed as everything in one and the only cream you'll ever need!
After this, my base look was created using the Wonderglow Primer, Light Wonder foundation (I had no. 6) concealer and a light dusting of powder. What amazed me about the Charlotte Tilbury range is that everything had both a skin care element and a beauty element. Everything has been made with the end-user in mind and it really shows.
My skin is combination - mainly normal with an oily Tzone and large pores (aka, bit crap really). So the words "dewy" and "natural" normally strike the fear of god into my heart. However!! Jules assured me that there is a way for me to get this look without looking greasy! The CT way is all about going lightly, lightly and building up your look...
(Also, I have apparently been doing my eyebrows wrong for the last 3 years of my life. Woops!)
Interesting Fact! There are only 8 brushes in the Charlotte Tilbury range and you can do your entire face with these. I like this a lot as I'm pretty sure I only use about 6?! However, I'm not sure how I would feel about using the same brush for my blusher, highlighter and powder...
On to the eyes! Already you can see here how Jules has started to build up my look with a bit of contouring and by shaping my brows. The eyeshadow palettes by CT are brill as on the back they show you how to use each colour - quite handy for beauty novices! Again, Jules recommends building up your look until you get the effect you want.
How glam does the stand look? I love how inviting the make up chairs for you to sit down and get dolled up on!
Lips! If you read any beauty blogs at all, you will have seen the hype about these Lip Cheat liners - they are infamous! I ended up buying this colour and the lipstick as they were so different to any other red lippy that I own. The lipstick and liner together have serious staying power and I would highly recommend these!! I will be saving up to get more - probably in every colour.
The finished look!
I am really pleased that I went for this look as it's probably a bit more sophisticated than what I would normally do!
The brown toned smokey eye is really flattering and I love this when paired with this unusual lip colour (Night Crimson, FYI!)
Massive thanks to Jules for my makeover!
If you're interested in trying anything by Charlotte Tilbury, you can always head onto the stand and request a complimentary lip or eye make over. (I'd suggest lips!!)
Which look do you think you would go for out of Charlotte's 10 signature looks?