I’ve really really been needing to have a makeup overhaul for a while. All of my trusty favourites that I’ve sworn by for years are just not working with my skin, and are just making me look either too cakey, old or generally haggard (#ageingprobs).
I have been wanting to give Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics a try for aaages, so this was the perfect opportunity to see what they’re all about, try out some of their products and see if they’re up to the hype!
I headed to my nearest Charlotte Tilbury counter in House of Fraser, bare-faced and ready to be made beautiful!
I explained what I was looking for to my lovely makeup artist Emma, and she got started straight away! I’ve had consultations with loads of other brands before – some of which I’ve HATED the results, and lots of which don’t give anywhere near the same level of advice and guidance I got at Charlotte Tilbury – so I immediately felt like I was in safe hands!
First of all, Emma prepped my (horrendously dry) face with Charlotte’s Magic Cream Moisturiser (RRP £70.00). I hate looking tired, and this moisturiser is packed with ingredients such as rosehip, camellia oils and vitamin E to brighten and hydrate your skin, and contains SPF15 and an anti-UVA filter to protect your skin from sun damage – essential for pale and interesting gals like me! I was given a few samples of this to keep using, and I am already loving the results!
Next we used the WonderGlow Face Primer (RRP £38.50). I don’t normally use primers with any colour in, but as this is lightly tinted it can be worn on its own, or underneath foundation. It also has lovely shimmery particles in to give your complexion an instant dewy glow. I’m normally a matte makeup girl, but loved the effect of this, and am thinking maybe the dewy look is the way forward to make my skin look younger than the cakey matte finish I am currently getting from my usually trusty Estee Lauder Double Wear.
The product I was most excited about – and had heard the most about – was the Magic Foundation. I wanted a perfect match with my skin tone – there’s nothing worse than that dreaded foundation line! – and we chose Shade 2, a pink-beige with cool undertones. This was applied with a stippling brush.
Being so fair, I find it SO HARD to find foundations that match my skin tone, and this one is PERFECT. We literally didn’t need to blend into my neckline at all, the colour was so spot on. And at £30.00, this is actually cheaper than my usual go-to foundation – win win!
One mistake I have been making THE WHOLE TIME I HAVE BEEN WEARING MAKEUP is applying foundation to my eye area. It sits in my little eye wrinkles and just looks awful! Emma explained the best product to use for the eye area is a liquid concealer, and we used the Retoucher Concealer in Shade 1. The brush applicator is a lot like the YSL Touche Eclat, and the colour matched perfectly with the foundation. This little lovely contains black tea to fight those dreaded eye bags, and has a formula with elasticity to smooth and stretch with your eye area, as opposed to cracking as foundation often does.
Emma topped my foundation with a dusting of Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in Shade 1, and then headed on to highlighting and contouring – something that I SO WANT TO BE ABLE TO DO WELL, but so far all the products I’ve used have been far too dark and look ridiculous.
The Filmstar Bronze and Glow Light-Medium palette (£49.00) has just got the PERFECT SHADES for my skin tone! First of all Emma took a large brush and applied bronzer from my forehead, to cheeks, to chin in the shape of a number 3. Then Emma took a slanted brush and applied bronzer just underneath my cheekbone, and a small blusher brush was used to apply the highlighter in a C-shape from my cheekbones to above my eyebrows.
At home, I use the following brushes for each step:
- Real Techniques Powder Brush
- Eco Tools Precision Blush Brush
- Spectrum Strong Finish Brush
Next we moved onto eyebrows. I am a bit of an eyebrow dunce, so an eyebrow pencil that does most of the work for me is ideal! And with my colouring, finding a match is no mean feat! We decided upon Brow Lift in the shade Brooke S (£22.50). The triangle shaped nib makes application and blending so so easy, even I’ve mastered it! This double-edged pencil also has a brush for blending the pencil further. We then filled in my brows with the Legendary Brows gel in the shade Brigitte (£18.50).
When it comes to eye makeup, I am very much stuck in a rut. My go to is a pinky-peach shadow and then gel liner flicks. However we took a totally different approach with shadow framing my whole eye in golden and bronze tones, and a lick of mascara. We used the Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Goddess (£39.00) and Full Fat Lashes Mascara (£23.00).
I have been on the hunt for a new nude lip colour recently, after sticking again with peaches and pinks. This lipstick and liner Emma chose complemented the bronzed/golden colour palette we had opted for, and I am totally obsessed with them! The liner – Lip Cheat in the shade Pillow Talk (£16.00) – is so close to my natural lip shade, so I can use it with alllll of my lipsticks. And the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink (£24.00) is JUST the shade I was looking for, and left my lips feeling soft, moisturised and plumped.
The final look was a gorgeous golden/bronzed daytime look – shades that I normally avoid with my cool skin tone, but they actually compliment my skin tone and hair shade so well! This is a new look that I’m definitely going to be keeping.