Masters At Work: Charlotte Tilbury

Masters At Work: Charlotte Tilbury

For V107, we highlight the superstar makeup artists and hairstylists who have earned a spotlight of their own.

For V107, we highlight the superstar makeup artists and hairstylists who have earned a spotlight of their own.

Photography: Schohaja

Text: Priya Rao

The first major beauty epiphany Charlotte Tilbury experienced occurred when she was an awkward 13-year- old at boarding school. “As a young girl, I had very fair eyelashes. Then I used mascara once and everyone started coming up to me. I became popular overnight,” she recalls. “It was then that I started to understand that makeup is a very powerful tool.”

The idea that mascara and the like could be a confidence builder was furthered when Tilbury met makeup legend Mary Greenwell (who tended to Princess Diana’s awless visage) and began studying at the Glauca Rossi School of Makeup in London. A budding career working on 1990s supermodels with photographers like Mario Testino and Steven Klein came next, but Tilbury’s biggest career breakthrough was three years ago with the launch of her eponymous brand.

“When I went on to be a makeup artist, I realized that there were these archetypes that kept coming up over and over again,” she says. This realization became the crux of her beauty lineup, which was built on the 10 quintessential looks any woman would want to recreate, from the “the Golden Goddess” (think Gigi Hadid) to “the Dolce Vita” (picture Penelope Cruz). “It’s nature and nurture that we are attracted to these types. It’s hard wired into our brains, through movies and social engagements, and we end up wanting what we naturally like,” she says.

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