Charlotte Tilbury, Makeup Artist


“My big obsession is what I do every single day—I’m a makeup artist. It’s really about empowering people by putting their best foot forward, the best version of how they can look. We’re all tired, we all have pimples, we all have whatever. But when you put the right kind of makeup on…that’s what people like. While I was first known for skin, I think I’m now known for making-up women’s eyes. I make a woman’s eye mesmerizing, make the color pop in a way that it never had popped before, or transform that eye shape to make it look sexier. Penelope Cruz has always said to me, ‘You give me the best eye.’

I was brought up in Ibiza. My parents are quite bohemian—my father was an artist, and my mother did production, and they were partly involved in some of the clubs that were opening up there. My mother was glamorous—she wore red lipstick and high heels—but we still lived on an island. In terms of makeup, everyone had a little tan, a bit of lip gloss, and that was it. When I went to boarding school [in England] at 13, I saw that all of the English girls wore lots of makeup. That’s when I discovered mascara. I had fair eyelashes, and I went from having this ‘piggy’ look on my face to suddenly having these thick, black, long lashes. After three months, I went back to Ibiza on a school break, and I was more popular overnight. Everyone was like, ‘You’ve just really matured; you look really great now.’ It was like, Oh my god. This is the power of makeup. It made a massive difference on my face. After that, I never wanted to be seen without makeup ever again. And I made that pact, from that day onwards: I sleep in my makeup.

If I’m on my own, I won’t sleep in it, but my husband has never seen me without makeup. It comes off, and goes back on again. At night, I take everything off my face and moisturize—because you have to let your skin breathe a bit—but then I put everything right back on again: a little under-eye brightener, either the Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen or Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener, then the eye goes back on, and maybe a little tint on the cheeks. My mother said to me, ‘You always have to keep the mystery alive…’ I made the mistake of showing a boyfriend my un-made-up face once, and it was a big disaster. He was like, ‘What happened to your eyes?!’ And I told him, ‘…No, you’re right, those are my eyes, not these.’ [Laughs]

As far as my routine, I start with a base of my magic cream, which is a secret mix from the lab. It’s a base of a very thick moisturizer—a barrier cream that kind of protects the skin—and also filled with a lot of amazing anti-aging stuff and hydration. It’s my version of a Crème de la Mer; a literal a turn-around cream. When models and celebrities see me and they’re exhausted from doing ten million shows and running around the world doing whatever, this cream totally illuminates the skin as if it’s brand new. That’s why I call it Charlotte’s Magic Cream. Other than that, I like Lucas' Papaw Ointment and Sisley Supremya Anti-Aging At Night Serum, and Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask—it’s not too scented.

Then, I put on foundation over my cream, which I always do with this pat-pat-pat-pat motion. By putting the moisturizer on and patting the foundation or concealer in, you’re livening up the skin and giving it a mini-lift by increasing circulation; the skin does really glow afterwards. I use my fingers a lot for foundation and concealer, because the warmth of your hand helps blend it in.

I normally thin out foundations, or mix them—I don’t want to use a tinted moisturizer. I love this foundation from MyFace, because I want coverage and I want luminosity; I hate skin when it looks thick and cake-y. It’s all about shade and texture. Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Palette is great, too, and I mix it with the MyFace MyMix foundation. For any spots, I love Maximum Coverage Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body by Estée Lauder, which I’m always thinning down with moisturizer. It does not move—it’s a creamier version of Laura Mercier Camouflage Concealer, which can be a bit thick. Then for blush, I use Tom Ford Bronzing Powder or Orgasm by Nars. Putting on some blush on is like putting life back into your skin.

On my eyes, I always put on eyeliner before mascara. I like to do what I call the ‘feline flick,’ inspired by all of those icons of the 1950s, '60s, '70s. Cats are very sensual, and that elongation—it just immediately says ‘sexy’ to me. I trace the shape I want my eyes to be with Dior’s Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner in Intense Brown and then I go over it with mascaras, plural. [Laughs]. My mascara is a hybrid of four different mascaras, until I develop my own. I might start with either the Chanel Inimitable or Kevyn Aucoin to get separation and definition, and then I might build up a little with the Maybelline Colossal, to add length and make them grow. Once I’ve got that in place and I want more drama, I go over with the Tom Ford Mascara or the Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara. Always in black. And I’ll add even more of the Tom Ford or the Estée Lauder one at night when I’m going out, just to make it even more false-eye-lashy looking.  I’m wishing for the perfect mascara; I don’t want to use five. It’s a fucking bore to use five! If only I could find the perfect mascara, the perfect cream, the perfect foundation…

I use eyebrow pencils by Tom Ford or MAC. And on my lids, I love the Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Cognac Sable. Amazing. I use the Sable all over my eyes, and then I also use a bit of a shimmery one that we’ve got in the palette. I always use brushes for eyes and powders.

For lipsticks, I never do a red. I always do a nude. I just think I’ve got so much already with the red hair, and my lips are a better shape with a paler color…though I do love Ruby Woo Matte Lipstick by MAC. It’s still the same formula as it was [when it came out]. I usually do the Kevyn Aucoin Lip Pencil in Medium. It’s a neutral shade, but for me, it’s just a genius color. Actually, Lisa-Marie Presley introduced me to it when I did her makeup once. I think Bridget Fonda also used it. It’s just that kind of great supermodel color. On top, I might add a Tom Ford nude [lipstick] or mix a few.

At the end of the day, I take off mascara off with Lancôme Bi-Facil. Créaline is good, but I’m wearing a lot of makeup—I have on four different mascaras and waterproof eyeliner—I need some heavy-duty stuff! Also, it’s terrible to pull around at your eyes while you’re cleaning. I always wet the cotton pads with water, squeeze them, and hold them on my skin to let it soak, melting the makeup off. This way I’m not just dragging my eyes around my face, and I won’t end up looking like a bag.

My hair was pretty much like this growing up, and I got the fringe when I was 20 or so—I’ve always been obsessed by ‘60s icons, like Brigitte Bardot, the slight beehive. But I don’t do much to my hair, just wash it and blow dry the fringe with a round brush and blow dry the roots, and then put in a bit of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and back-comb it with a Mason Pearson hairbrush, teasing it to get a little bit of height in the back. I’ve never colored my hair. It’s actually gotten lighter—it used to be a rich, dark red, but redheads lose their pigment as they get older. I quite like the fact that it’s going blond, though! [Laughs]

I like being sexy and glamorous. I wear makeup, I wear heels, I wear dresses. I love it. That’s what I’m really into! Because I’ve got big boobs and a small waist, it’s always about nipping-in the waist: pencil skirts, chiffon dresses with belts, and always high heels. Always high heels. I don’t own any flat shoes. One time, I was on a shoot with Kate Moss and I had to take my shoes off. The crew found me in a corner, literally sidestepping, because I felt like I had lost my personality! It’s like, I put a heel on, and I feel alive. On the beach, I wear high-heeled espadrilles by Christian Louboutin. I even found a pair of high-heeled sneakers, and I was like, ‘I’m going to have to buy those if I have to go on a location.’

Makeup literally changed my life. I put on mascara and the whole world’s reaction to me changed. I remember feeling kind of hurt about that. And then I realized, Actually, I’m just like everybody else. I do judge people by the way that they look; we all do. Obviously the personality matters, but that initial moment, if someone walks into a room and they’re gorgeous, you kind of embrace it. Beauty is such a beguiling thing. I see all these models in magazines, and I go, ‘Oh my god.’ I realized makeup is a huge part of really enhancing and playing up somebody’s features to their advantage. Beauty is power, and makeup is something that really enhances that; it’s a woman’s secret weapon.”

—as told to ITG

Charlotte Tilbury photographed by Emily Weiss at the Bowery Hotel in New York on February 12, 2013.

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  • Aly

    Inspiring! A Top Shelf Greatest Hit, for sure!

  • Serena Palumbo

    She is awesome but I disagree about sleeping with makeup! Gotta let the skin breathe!

    • Clo

      Skin doesn't breathe, does it?

      • Cat

        Not unless you're an amphibian. Skin CAN absorb certain substances, like some vitamins and estrogen for example, but not oxygen. You don't need to let your skin "breathe" with air! I think what some people mean by "breathe" is keeping pores clear to avoid acne, this of course includes daily cleansing to remove dirt/pollution/sunscreens/whatever. Anything beyond that is wank.

      • Cat

        Also, about creams with "Oxygen": What they usually contain is hydrogen peroxide or benzoyl peroxide which oxidize fatty acids and kill bacteria, thus preventing acne. This is what their claims of purifying and revitalizing your skin are based on. Breathing, no. Any oxygen your skin cells may need will come from blood circulation. Period.

        • Serena Palumbo

          Cat, thank you for your lovely and kind feedback. I believe Charlotte is a very talented makeup artist. I also believe that at night skin regenerates itself. Sleeping with makeup may slow down this regeneration process, clog pores and cause acne. Going to bed with a clean face is a ritual for me and i believe it has kept my skin in good condition for decades. I swear I am not an amphibian but sure enough I may be a member of X-Men or Shield... just ask Tony Stark!

          • Cat

            Absolutely, Serena. I too agree that keeping pores clean (and skin well moisturized) is key to clear and healthy skin. Our whole body definitely undergoes regenerative functions at night, keeping day-old gunk like pollution, old make up and excess sebum on our face definitely does not help. HOWEVER, I don't think that applying a small amount (nothing too heavy like foundation!) of make-up AFTER proper cleansing and moisturizing can be anywhere near as harmful as going to sleep without cleansing at all. Anyhow, the point I was trying to make above was more about the common misconception of literal "skin-breathing". Accurate knowledge of our body and its functions is always a good thing, for many reasons :)

  • Cat

    Ahh such a tease with that cream as it isn't even sold! Fascinating article, though.

  • Komal

    Love this! There's a similar one with Lisa Eldridge:

  • Lana Nasser

    I am in love with her personality. She is an absolute doll!
    But it makes me kind of...sigh to hear about people actually sleeping in their makeup. The skin needs those hours to breathe and regenerate. If my husband never saw me without makeup I would constantly feel like I am two people, hiding something that is under this mask of makeup. As long as she is happy. She is truly glamorous, and I hope to have the pleasure of meeting her one day.

  • e

    the fact that she sleeps with her make up on is fascinating in a weird way. actually, the whole woman is.

  • thesixthbeatle

    I'm sorry but I can't get past the fact that she sleeps in makeup and her husband has never seen her without it. Thats just.... Sad. Your face without makeup is not something to be ashamed of, its who you are.

  • hellestorm

    MAC Cosmetics wasn't around in the 50s. It was established in 1984 though the 'Franks' starting mixing cosmetics in the 70s...

    • e

      she means a general formula for lipstick, and that ruby woos texture is close to this original formula, probably

    • Uschi

      She means that the Mac lipstick Ruby Woo has the same formula as when it was first released, as in that specific lipstick

  • Jess

    I am downright scared for these comments to start rolling in about the husband - no make up thing- *bites nails*

  • Suzanne

    "It’s still the same formula as it was in 1950s" makes it sound like she thinks Ruby Woo was actually made then. Obviously, she knows that it wasn't, but still. Also, not letting your husband/boyfriend/SO see without makeup is really sad.

    • Rtyuii

      Suzanne , go back and read it no mention of 1950 in the same sentence as ruby woo .

      • Suzanne

        The article was corrected. :)

  • susan

    absolutely love her - one of my favorites!

  • mementomori

    Can't get over the fact that she doesn't let men see her without makeup. Wow. /=

  • heather adair

    squeal!!! Knew I'd see a lot of Tom Ford in her collection....adore, adore, adore.

  • Tyler Eustice

    I love Sisley masks. They're the best. I use the Black Rose Cream Mask every time I shave. I actually shave with it instead of using shave gel most days. I got that idea from Sisley's International Aesthetician. After I shave I use their Express Flower Gel Mask, which I refrigerate. The Supremya At Night Care is lovely, and so are their concealers.

  • Lera

    Not sure whether to feel sorry for her that she has to sleep in her make-up, or my boyfriend who has to see me without it. I guess, the latter.

  • Shara

    Aww I know everyone is gonna start hating on the sleeping-with-makeup and my-husband-has-never-seen-me-without-makeup part, and I normally would too. But idk, there's something endearing about her honesty.

    Also maybe it's because she at least gave us a back story.. about how makeup transformed her life and when she realised that she had this moment and made the pact. I think there's something very real and humane there.

  • Martina

    Megan is a great artist, but I find the idea of never being seen flat-heeled or makeup-less extremely sad (and tiring, too!). What happened to being at ease with yourself?

    • Grace

      Megan? You mean Charlotte?

  • Paty

    i loved it!!!!!!!

    I'm posting looks from L.A. and accessories:

  • Celeste

    I'd love to see her with just a red lip and no eye makeup.

  • Fionnúala

    I really admire how dedicated Charlotte is to maintaining a lifestyle. She lives in a way that brings her joy -- it shouldn't matter to anyone else what that is if she's not hurting anyone. It's obvious that makeup made a positive impact on her life at a very young age, and she lives in a way that celebrates her passion. She's not insecure. The way she looks is part of her identity, same as anyone else, and she feels like her face with makeup is a truer representation of who she is. Good on her for saying it.

    As for the Ruby Woo comment... I took it to mean the formula is like lipstick formulas were in the 50s? It certainly feels that way on application!

    • murt

      Completely agree - she has her look - which is the way she wants others to see her - and she sticks with it! I don't see anything wrong with that!

      I don't think it's necessarily about being more beautiful or anything like that - I took it to meant that she has a certain way she likes to look - which I think is a bit eccentric, with the teased hair and the heavy mascara - but that look makes her happy so it works for her. It's more about owning your own appearance, whatever it is.

  • acceptance

    people express their femininity and gain confidence in different ways..if that is what works for her, then I say it's fine!

  • sonaluna

    I've found her make-up tutorials really helpful so I was thrilled to see Charlotte featured on Top Shelf! Good job ITG.

  • Molly Young

    I think it's glamorous and old-school that she never lets her husband see her without makeup. it has nothing to do with concealment or self-esteem issues. It's just her thang.

  • Fran

    I don't think people should be so judgmental about her always wearing heels. That is just her personal preference and what makes her feel good, what is sad about that? It is the same as calling someone who only wear sneakers and never heels sad. It's just personal style. If it makes her feel amazing why can't that just be ok?

  • DD

    And yet, most people would be too afraid to mention that he'd never seen her without makeup or how they feel in flat shoes, even if that's the way they really felt! She probably knew how it would sound (surely this isn't the first place she's heard these comments), and she didn't have to add those things, but she did! Even if her face is covered up, her thoughts and opinions about her TRUE self AREN'T, and in today's day and age, who really has the deeper issues? People who hide these truths about themselves because they sound bad, or people who recognize how things sound, but say them anyway in order to be true to themselves! I think "hiding herself from the world" would be if she had kept those little quirks to herself--she shared her true self with us. And as far as she's concerned, he HAS seen her for who she is, because SHE defines who she thinks "she" is, not what the world says she should be. What's comfortable for some (sweats, no make-up, etc) isn't a comfort zone for others, and that's what makes us all unique and awesome!

    • Elaine R

      uhh... I said I appreciated her honesty. I'm not saying she should hide these things. I'm just saying that she might have some bigger issues if she can't even let her soulmate see her true face

  • Guest

    She. Sleeps. In. Her. Makeup.

    I think that this is utterly pathetic, but if it works for her, fine.

    If I slept in my makeup, my husband would wake me up and remind me to wash my face. He knows that I'm a fanatic about skin care.

  • Pink

    This is a very sad message, all around. Not only does she not want to be seen by her own husband without makeup on, which is very sad to me, but she also mentions that she became more popular overnight because she wore makeup? And that's when she decided she would never be seen without it on? Very unfortunate. She needs to work on her self-worth and on her self-esteem, sorry. This article is not "inspiring" or empowering to women in any way - it is a step back and encourages us women to not embrace who we are and to cower away and feel stripped when those superficial things are taken away. Makeup is amazing, but it's important to work on being happy with yourself if you're not wearing any as well. It can be a process - I'm working on that myself - but it's possible and it's worth it.

    • steph chen

      I know that you wrote this a long time ago, but I think that what Charlotte does is absolutely fine. I don't wear makeup daily, at most once a month if I'm going to a special event and many women may look at people like me and say "oh dear, she really doesn't care for her appearance does she?" because they don't understand that I feel better without a layer of product on my face.
      I think that your comment is almost a little conflicting with the argument you are trying to make, because you say that we should embrace who we are, but this IS who Charlotte sees herself, a very glamorous, beautiful woman who loves maintaining her appearance. A Charlotte without makeup, would not be a Charlotte Tillbury! I don't know what type of person she really is as I've not met her but her honesty is a virtue that outweighs her possible insecurities. She's not trying to enforce her ways, and as a prominent figure in the fashion world, the moral lessons she's teaching (such as her honesty and integrity to show who she really is regardless of judgments made by others) is inspiring and empowering to women.

  • katials

    woah. it seems like the whole sleeping with your make up on goes against everything all other Top Shelf features have preached. her husband has never seen her bare face? yikes!

  • Jody

    I love her honesty. I love everyone's honesty on The Top Shelf and ITG in general. Who cares if she sleeps with her makeup on!

    Really, if I have to read another tired magazine article about some model/actress regurgitating the same old "Oh, I drink loads of water and green tea, use Creme De La Mer everything, practise 2 hours of yoga daily whilst being spritzed with Evian and sung to by a shaman healer, and I NEVER sleep with my makeup on, it's is a crime akin to puppy murdering..."

    I'm sorry, but those bitches are BORING.

    Great article, Emily!

    • Cecily Sackey

      this is the best comment i've ever read on this site!

      amen sister!

      • Molly Young

        Double amen!

        • Jody

          Molly, I love your writing!

      • Jody

        Thanks, Cecily! xo

  • Jo

    There are far more disgusting things you can do to yourself then leave makeup on overnight. Eating unhealthy, drinking too much, smoking, consuming drugs, etc. And keeping your natural face hidden from your partner is so trivial compared to the secret and shameful things that so many others are guilty of: affairs, debt, criminal history, etc. Save such harsh and singular judgement for the truly guilty, jeeze!

    • Couteau

      Let honesty flow through this site.

      ITG should preserve its welcoming and spontaneous culture. Soon they'll be warning guests about the sensitivity issues of some readers.

  • Kate

    Have you seen her tutorials on youtube? If I were that talented, I would probably always wear makeup too!

  • Janine

    I love Charlotte. I'm definitely writing down these products. I loved when she did the makeup for the VS shows. I love her work. bad can one look without makeup? I mean, even people with birth marks go on with life - as they should. We're all unique. To each his/her own, as I say. I used to work with a young girl who wore a full face of makeup (heavy foundation) to the beach. And she was gorgeous. Ah well. Confidence can be tough.

    Have a lovely day. Thank you, ITG.

  • Aubrey Green

    I love her work and her honesty.

  • fairytalesandcoffee

    Yeah, she sleeps in her makeup. Normally, for a mere mortal I would be wow, how sad. Instead, I'm like blown away. That is her level of commitment and passion to makeup. She is a freakin' professional makeup artist who transforms people's faces. I love watching her do someone's face. People who develop a passion and are actually able to professionally work in it and are amazing at it, are allowed a different standard of "normalcy" I think. This doesn't turn me off, it just says to me how passionate she is about it. All I can say is YOU ROCK!!! Love her!!!! She needs to do more video tutorials!

    • Luciana Micaela

      totally agree with you.

  • Alissa

    What camera do you use? you take really nice pictures!

    • Guest

      It's not about the camera. Ever. It's the eye behind the viewfinder.

    • Alissa

      "you don't take a photograph, you make it" sure, but i just want to know the type of camera!

  • Marcela

    OH MY GOD!
    Best Top Shelf so far and I haven't even read it yet, I`m so excited.
    Love CT!!
    Great job, guys!

  • sybar1te

    So what I want to know is how many normal activities she missed out on b/c of her refusal to be makeup-free. I mean, can you imagine going to the beach or on a tropical vacation with that full face? What about the gym?
    My all-time absolute favorite thing to do is go to the ocean, relax on the beach and go swimming. That, coupled with a generally hot & humid summer day, is going to overpower any makeup you try. So is Charlotte just sort of sitting on the sidelines, unable to participate b/c of her makeup requirements? If that's the case, it seems pretty lame to me. I'm no Gisele, but I need to be able to enjoy my life, you know???

    • DD

      "On the beach, I wear high-heeled espadrilles by Christian Louboutin."

      So I should think she goes to the beach. There are waterproof eyeliners and mascaras, long-lasting lipsticks, and mirrors for touch-ups if necessary, so I think all of the other problems are pretty much solved :).

      I've known my sister for decades and she goes to the beach at least 8 times a year. She has yet to get her entire head under the water since I've known her (my whole life), but let me tell you, she LOVES it--she enjoys every bit of her trips and her life! I'll let everyone infer what he/she will.

  • yuh

    PEOPLE..she is a middle-aged woman...not a preteen. I'm sure she has been to the beach before. and her anecdote without heels was most likely a little anecdotal (i.e. exaggerated). Leave the woman alone! If she said "I compulsively practice pilates for three hours a day" no one would be crying disorder, especially if it was her PROFESSION and PASSION

  • Sally

    Jeez guys I thought the whole idea of feminism is being able to do whatever you wanted without being labelled as 'pathetic', 'sad' or severely insecure. Good job ladies, keep living your lives and voicing your opinions and washing your makeup off at night.

    • Cat


    • Kattttt

      I was just wondering at the difference between this comment thread and one a couple of months back, when the topic of makeup as something that creates insecurity was brought up. Back then, it was all very positive, wear makeup for YOUR reasons, etc., all over the place.

    • Rachael

      I'm pretty sure that's not the whole idea of feminism

  • murt

    I had a similar experience when I got contact lenses in the summer between grade 7 and grade 8, so in grade 8 people saw me for the first time without glasses. I think I started wearing makeup a little bit then too. Suddenly the other kids saw me differently, which both boosted my ego, but also detrimentally affected my self-esteem a bit as well.

  • Kattttt

    Which is much the same as when a woman unused to heels wears them, and then slumps around with bad posture for the duration. Most people get used to dressing in a certain way, considers it part of their identity consciously or unconsciously, and feel uncomfortable when changing it.

  • Poulette

    We're all going on about how she sleeps with makeup on, but really, what about her husband? is he that blind that he doesn't notice? At any rate, she is such a fabulous sexy woman, if I had that amount of charisma & devotion, I would never want to turn the switch off either.

    My mom has also always told me "to keep some mystery alive" which really stuck with me. So to this day, I will not do face masks, cut my toe nails (weird I know) dye my roots, pluck random facial hairs or go the bathroom with the door open in front of my beloved. I could see this extending to mascara & some undereye concealer!

    • Guest

      I wouldn't do the above things, either. Bathroom with the door open?!! Nevah! But my husband has seen me without makeup, and naked, too! Imagine.

  • Tammy

    Absolutely rubbish. No point paying for any special cream and stuff if one decide to sleep with makeup on, I say!
    So she might sound/seem a confident person, but what does it mean when one cannot even go bare face with ones husband? Sad!

  • Uschi

    Totally agree with her about the hair and the cat eye/whole 60's look, I'm obsessed! I would wear it everyday if I wanted to spend any time doing it. She's gorgeous and glamorous, loved this top shelf!

  • yadayada

    She is totally fabulous, but the whole sleeping in makeup thing is just a little weird I think. Doesn't she get acne? It kinda makes her sound a little insecure as well. I can understand wanting to keep a little mystery alive, but surely there are times when you live with someone like a partner or a husband, when you can't be glamorous all of the time. I love makeup and dressing up, but my partner has seen me with food poisoning, or when I've been really ill, looking AWFUL. But he's always been there for me, whether I'm dressed up or not. Also, what about childbirth?! That's probably the least asthetically pleasing time of a woman's life!
    Anyway, I think she's great but the most empowering thing about makeup is being able it to shun it occasionally, and have the confidence to say 'This is me without makeup, and I'm still freakin' fabulous!'

  • Guest

    She's 40. I love her look, I just wouldn't wear the makeup to bed.

  • Cindy

    Doesn't sleep without make-up and feels not herself if she isn't wearing heels, she comes off as very insecure instead of happy with who she is.

  • Danielle Idan

    I understand why some people would find it bizarre to sleep with makeup and hiding your natural face from a spouse, but in all honesty this woman lives and breathes makeup. Makeup and glamour is what she thrives off of and its beyond most peoples' enthusiasm about products, its a true passion. A lot more woman than you'd expect will not be seen without makeup. I think the fact that she is open about it is quite refreshing because still, not all people will openly admit those details about their lives. If she is happy, content, and downright enjoying her life than so be it, I am sure she knows enough about skincare and the "negative" consequences about her lifestyle to make the right decisions for herself.

  • Michelle

    Love this post! I really want to try the TF shade & illuminate!

  • DD

    There are troubles that come around with just about every little quirk that people might have lol. She said that if she was on her own, she doesn't sleep in it (that WAS said at the very beginning of the sentence, but I don't think many people saw it), so if a doctor enforced it (surgery, etc), I doubt that she would have a problem following the instructions. Yes, you did say you appreciated her honesty, but then you added a "but" and proceeded to say that it spoke to deeper issues (not even that she "might" have them--you said "might" in your reply, but not in the original comment. I just wanted to add that so you know that i DID see the "might" when you said it :) ), and you don't even know her personally. I guess my thing is that you said you "just don't understand," which is totally fair. I guess my desire for this site and maybe even for this world is that if we come across something that we don't understand or that seems foreign to us (if it's not causing us or our loved ones any harm), we just choose to err on the side of TRULY lauding the positive and granting that we maybe don't know the person's motives behind why they do the certain things they do that mystify us, but we'll choose to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that there's some good, logical, not-emotionally-troubled, well-thought out reason behind why they do what they do--maybe something a little more personal and complicated and that takes more than a simple Top Shelf to truly explain.

    I see that you noted her honesty, I'm not saying you didn't, but I'm saying that some commenters chose to make it the focus of their remarks and impression of her, not noting it and then making the majority of the comment about something a little more negative.

    But then, that's the catch-22 about our uniqueness and awesomeness, right? If everybody felt or commented in one fashion, maybe the world would just wouldn't be as interesting. I dunno. By my own standard, I should applaud you for commenting in the way you did, even though there was the chance that people might perceive it as you being negative hahah. SO KUDOS, Elaine R. :D

  • DD

    There are certain sections of this website that are pure celebrations of vacuous vanity. and THANK HEAVEN FOR IT!

  • Camellia

    I feel so sad that her husband has never seen her without makeup. I adore makeup, but those moments when you first wake up and see your partner in the morning all sleepy eyed and vulnerable are precious. Because only they get to see you like that. That is love.

  • Lischelt

    Sad is the understatement of the century for drowning puppies!

    I don't think that Anne Cox said that Ms. Tilbury's choices have anything to do with her. However, Anne has read something on ITG and has an opinion on it. And hey, that's okay.

    It is a shame that Charlotte does not accept herself enough to trust the person she MARRIED to see her without her armor on. I get the whole getting-ready-to-face-the-day thing, but assuming she lives with her husband I can only imagine how exhausting it must be to not even feel free within your own home. And wouldn't it also cause some kind of emotional distance? Wild assumption there, I know.

    What IS a little sad when even a successful and fascinating woman appears to be saying "nope, I'm not good enough"

  • Monster in the Closet

    I'm sure she's a very nice and friendly person with a great personality, but this is pretty sad. It's sad that she can't even go to bed without makeup on. It's downright PATHETIC that her own HUSBAND has never seen her without makeup! Exactly how long have they been married?
    I'm still plagued by the thought of imagining my boyfriend saying, "What's wrong with your eyes?!" when I take off my makeup. Like, WTF??!!!
    But, whatever. To each their own, I guess.

  • Ligea

    I loved this post! I found her candor refreshing and quite funny.

  • Stephen Dimmick

    No wonder women suffer from esteem issues. Wearing makeup for your husband is sad to say the least. If your man doesn't like you fresh from the shower, YOU'RE WITH THE WRONG MAN! I find it disgraceful a makeup artist thinks this is something of value to teach women. This is NOT the kind of makeup artist I will ever be! You are MORE than your lipstick. If you ain't a nice person makeup won't help!

  • Saima Shaikh

    She is the queen of makeup, impeccably awesome! I thank god for my good skin, I worked at it after getting those horrible teenage spots and I am not ashamed to show my face in front of men. I just need moisturiser in front of a guy. I can't leave home without my moisturiser and eye brightener.

  • Meredith

    Does anyone know where we can get Charlotte's skincare and makeup in the US?? Thanks!

  • holi

    eyelashes are the best part of makeup imo;).

  • hdc2

    I am shocked that Charlotte Tilbury 40. I thought she was 62 from seeing her hands and she just globbed on a lot of makeup and put her hair in her face. Her mother gave her some antiquated advice about men and mystery. She must be very insecure because what modern woman would would hide from a partner?

  • AC

    Wow, she's pretty insecure. :(

  • Perfect Little Thing

    Love this!


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