Beauty, Betsy Loves

The 10 looks of Charlotte Tilbury

I love make up. I love discovering new make up. I love discovering new make up brands. I love it all, ok? I was already aware of Charlotte Tilbury, after all, she’s hung out with Kate Moss and co. and then last year she launched her eponymous make up range and she went global. For good reason. Here’s why:

Charlotte had already masterminded Tom Ford’s brilliant make up range.

She branded brilliantly with glamorous gorgeous 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s inspired packaging. What woman wouldn’t want to whip out a rose gold lipstick bullet? Or a gold compact that harks back to those inlayed with enamel? Genius.

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She’s created a range of foolproof eye make up that works with your eye colour, e.g. two eye crayons for blue eyes, two for brown, two for hazel and two for green.

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She’s appealing to the busy woman with multi-use products, e.g. Filmstars On The Go – a compact with two cream shades – one for eyes, and one for cheeks and lips.Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 21.09.10

But the biggest seller for me are her ten looks. In a nutshell, she’s created ten distinct make up looks (a wardrobe of looks, in her words) from the rock chick to the ingénue, each with their own toolkit you can buy to recreate the looks, and each with options to play down the look for the day or ramp it up for the evening. Now that really is genius. Genius marketing that is. And a genuine brainwave.


In a video interview with Sali Hughes (sorry, I know I bang on about her, but she is good) she lets viewers behind the scenes, and even in her own dressing room, she has a drawer with ten labelled make up bags, and depending on her mood, her day, the weather, you name it, she picks her look, opens her chosen bag and wham bam thank you mam, she’s sorted. It’s such a clever idea, and let’s face it, you don’t always want to wear the same make up day in day out, and sometimes, if you do, five years down the line, you realise your look is ageing and passé.

If I had the money, I’d buy every single look Charlotte Tilbury has; actually, that’s a lie, I’m not a fan of The Glamour Muse (I didn’t include the picture so you’ll have to hunt for that one I’m afraid) with its dramatic purple eye shadow, but all the other ones, yes, please. My favourites have to be The Rock Chick (centre) and The Ingénue (top left), but I’m liking The Uptown Girl (top right) too.

However, until I can afford those lovely bags, I’ll continue to consult the look cards that her make up stand cleverly stocks and do my level best to recreate the looks with the make up I already have. And as soon as something runs out in my current make up bag, I know where I’ll be heading.

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Not another Xmas gift guide

Well, I guess that’s exactly what this is, but hopefully it’ll also be quite helpful! Buying presents for multiple people can be really tough, and more than a little bewildering, so while I might not be able to help you with the men in your life, I might be able to shed some light for the women.

The Red Lipstick

First of all, does the woman (wife/girlfriend/daughter/sister/mother) in your life wear red lipstick? Yes? Then, you’re sorted. Buy her Chanel’s Rouge Coco in Gabrielle, £25. Chanel is a great gift, the packaging is insanely glamorous, the colour is flattering on everyone, and the formula is silky but also strongly pigmented.


The Cashmere Beanie

Does your lady wear hats? Not a fedora, but beanies? Then go for COS’ cashmere beanie; a steal at £29. Everyone loves cashmere and it’s ridiculously soft. The colour ranges are lovely, and it’s at least half the price of most other cashmere beanies.


The Expert Tool Kit (no; not that kind!)

Does she enjoy make-up? I mean actively enjoy, as opposed to just wearing it. Then hop on to Space NK’s website, and get a pair of Shu Uemura’s eyelash curlers for £20. These are the best in the business, and will give a lovely curl to lashes.


The Luxury Make-Up

Another option is to dive into Charlotte Tilbury’s new make-up range. This selection is utterly glamorous and totally lust-worthy. Her Filmstars On The Go (£42) palettes look divine, and are pretty easy to choose from. If you’re scared about picking the wrong colours, jump over to her eye crayons where you can buy individual ones according to eye colour (£19) or buy a selection pack for £75.


The Silver Bangle

Does she wear jewellery? And is that jewellery delicate? Then look no further than Links of London’s karabiner bangle. Yes, it’s a bit more pricey for £140, but it is stunning.


The Designer Candle

Is she house proud? Does she lust over elegant interiors? Then go for a decadent scented candle from Jo Malone (£40). Far from being a naff present, scented candles are great, and Jo Malone is pretty high up there. Diptyque candles are super duper pricey, but these look amazing and save you some pennies. Every fragrance they do is delicious, but ask one of the lovely saleswomen to guide you between fruity and floral if you need.


The Coffee Table Book

Does photography rock her boat? Or perhaps Kate Moss? Or fashion? Easy peasy – Kate: The Kate Moss Book (£32.50).


The Beauty Must Have

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (£26). Until you’ve tried it, you don’t know why you’d need it, once you have, you don’t know how you lived without it. Trust me.


The Glam Watch

Large faced watches are all the rage at the moment, and Olivia Burton does some of the best for a really good price. My personal favourite is the large white face with black leather strap (£75).


Hope some of this helps! And if it does nothing else, it means I might be getting a cracking stocking from my nearest and dearest this year. Hint hint.