Make up tips from Charlotte Tilbury – umm yes please.
Charlotte Tilbury is one of my all time favourite make-up brands. The products, all made of natural ingredients with skin care infused into them, never fail to impress. The packaging is gorgeous and they brand is cruelty free. What’s not to love?
Airbrush Flawless is Charlotte’s latest addition to her collection and to celebrate the launch, there are a series of ‘Flawless is a feeling’ masterclasses being held.
Cazz and I attended the masterclass held at intu Trafford Centre, Selfridges during their Beauty Weekender.
Leading the masterclass is one of Charlotte’s senior lead make up artists, Grace Sloan.
Charlotte Tilbury Senior Lead Artist; Grace Sloan.
First of all, when Grace took to the stage I could not help but notice her glowing skin and flawless eyeliner. Those that know me know how I take eyeliner very seriously.
Grace works very closely with Charlotte Tilbury herself including being a part of the Milan Fashion Week Team and, wait for it… The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Team for the New York show! Colour me impressed. It’s easy to see why Grace has excelled to such a high level though. Aside from being a fabulous make up artist, her passion for the brand absolutely oozed from her, she knows everything there is to know about each product from ingredients to application methods, how to use products in conjunction with one another and not necessarily in the way that was intended and how to get the most from the products. Cazz and I were certainly excited to be watching the tutorial and learning from Grace.
Before the masterclass began, Grace made it clear that her purpose today was to make sure that we all felt confident in recreating some or all of the look she was going to demonstrate at home on our own. Which I assume is why she then asked us what look we would like her to create. Obviously we opted for glam. That’s where Grace pulled it out of the bag once more though. Agreeing to the glam look, Grace said that she would build it up from daytime look to a glam nighttime look. Making sure we are getting the most from the masterclass at every stage.
As the masterclass progressed, there was so much information giving about all aspects of doing make up and so much to take in. I obviously took note (see image below) and I am so glad I did. Here are the top make up tips and tricks from the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless is a Feeling masterclass:
20 Make-up Tips from Charlotte Tilbury’s Masterclass:
- There is no such thing as over hydrating so, moisturise away darlings.
- Not all foundation is applied equally. Not all of your face will need the same amount of foundation. Most of your foundation will need applying to the centre of your face with lighter amounts being applied to the outer of your face.
- Application of foundation can alter the coverage. If you want a more full coverage, opt for dabbing on with a brush really concentrating the foundation in on areas of the face. However, if you want a lighter finish apply with a brush in little circles as this will blend and diffuse the foundation across the face.
- Concealer Application. The tear duct is the most neglected place of the eye, especially when it comes to concealer. Which is ironic given that this is where we tend to need it most. For best results, apply to the tear duct and blend down trough. This will also prevent creasing.
- Don’t get to giddy with the concealer. Less really is more in this instance. Instead of trying to conceal everything be purposeful with the areas it is applied to and vice versa. For example, Applying concealer right up to the lash line will actually make the eyes appear smaller rather than the desired effect of making the eyes appear bigger and brighter.
- The ‘golden’ rule of ‘3’. This one has been around for years and sometimes, it’s the oldies that are goldies. They obviously stand the test of time for a reason. To achieve a natural sun kissed look, take a big brush and apply bronzer in the shape of a number three on each side of the face (obviously one of those 3’s will end up backwards). This way the bronzer is hitting the high points in the face, as the sun would on holiday and creates a naturally sun kissed appearance.
- Follow the hollow. If you follow Charlotte at all you will definitely have heard this saying before. When looking for a more defined contour, as oppose to sun kissed finish, apply contour from the top of the ear and drag it down to the hollow of your cheek. This gives the effect of a push up bra for the face.
BONUS TIP: if you are struggling to find the hollow, suck your cheeks in and there you have it.
- Highlight. Yes, we are highlighting. We want to glow not look frosty. Take the highlighter and apply lightly drawing a ‘c’ shape around the outer of the eye. From just above the end of the eyebrow down to the top of the cheek bone, just above where the contour begins.
- Brows. It’s amazing how important brows are to us isn’t it? The trick is to keep them looking natural, work with the ones you have rather than the ones you want. Remember the rule of sisters not twins. When eyebrows are exactly the same it actually ends up looking a little odd and causes people to look for imperfections elsewhere on the face. Charlotte Tilbury eyebrows are kept looking natural and fluffy with more definition at the ends.
- Brushes. Contrary to popular belief and 99% of all make up artists on YouTube, there is no need to have a gazillion brushes. Not even for eyes. Charlotte Tilbury artists only actually use 2 brushes to create their eye looks a blender and a smudger.
- Winging eye-shadow. When applying the ‘wing’ part of eye-shadow, it is actually more beneficial to do this with the eye open. That way you can see exactly how it is going to sit and you can follow the shape of your natural eye. Again, work with the shape you have rather than the shape you desire.
- Red toned eye shadows work well on any eye colour. Fact.
- Lighter eye shadow colours pull the eye out, darker colours sink in. So, when applying shadows and colours, think about where you want to look bigger/stand out i.e the inner corners of the eye and where you want to look darker i.e the outer ‘v’ to create shape.
- When applying eye shadow under the eye, don’t come down any lower than your lower lashes otherwise this is when you start to look like you haven’t slept properly in a while.
- Brush tapping. Debunking another technique which seems to be implored by every single make up YouTuber. Don’t tap your brush. You are literally tapping off the product you intend to apply to your face. Very counterproductive. Instead, dab the brush onto your hand so you really work the product into the brush for maximum results and precise application.
- For curly lashes Pulse and set. You want bouncy eyelash curlers. If they are too stiff you end up with square looking lashes. With bouncy curlers, do 6 pulses then set immediately with mascara. Think of mascara as hair spray when curling your hair. Once you’ve done it, set it immediately.
- Mascara. Charlotte Tilbury’s first love. In Charlotte’s world you can never have too much mascara (a bit like Shelly in My Girl could never have to much blue eye shadow – gotta love the 70s haha). Anyway, Charlotte’s mascaras don’t clump so, you really can apply as much as you want until you are happy. That being said, application should be in a wiggling motion, really working it onto the lashes. For the bottom lashes, turn the brush onto its end and apply by pulling the lower lashes down to create a more exaggerated doll-like finish.
- Blusher. If you do lips then blusher it balances out better.
- Eyeliner in the waterline. Always blend it out slightly or it makes the eyes look smaller.
- For winged eyeliner follow your natural lash line but never come lower. You want to drag out and up – how far depends on how dramatic you want to be. No matter what your eye shape though you can wear winged eye liner.