Charlotte Tilbury is not just a makeup artist, or a founder and creative director of a beauty and skincare brand. But, she is one of the world’s hottest beauty professionals that has completely revolutionised the industry. She is famous for making women look beautiful and as a result, with her warm, talented, hilarious and ‘unselfconsciously’ over the top personality, Tilbury is highly sought after by many A-list celebrities. “Celebrities are especially insecure about ageing. But there’s trickery you can do with makeup, and no one knows that better than celebrities,” she told The Guardian. Charlotte has been working in the fashion and beauty industry for over 25 years and during this time she has had a significant impact on the way women, particularly celebrities, perceive makeup.
London born, Charlotte grew up surrounded by artists, writers, musicians and actors in Ibiza. She had always known she wanted to fulfil her life with something equally as creative, but it wasn’t until she met the inspirational makeup artist Mary Greenwell, as a young eleven year old that her perspective shifted. From this point, she had discovered makeup’s transformative power. Years later, she attended Glauca Rossi School of Makeup and began her career in the beauty industry assisting Greenwell.
During the beginning of her career as a young makeup artist, Charlotte was determined and persistent to network with professional peers in the industry, whether they were photographers, models or stylists. As a result Tilbury has worked with world-leading photographers such as Mario Testino, Terry Richardson and Mert and Marcus as well as high-profile celebrities and models including Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian West and Gisele Bundchen. She has been featured in some of the world’s most influential fashion magazines such as British, French, Spanish, Italian and Brazilian Vogue, Vanity Fair and V Magazine for both cover shoots and editorial campaigns.
“I believe that every women wants to feel beautiful, powerful and sexy and that makeup is a great way to achieve this.”
In 2012, Tilbury launched a YouTube channel and blog that focused on providing makeup tutorials and industry tips and tricks to an audience with an interest in makeup and beauty.
“Beauty is power, and makeup is something that really enhances that; it’s a woman’s secret weapon.”
In 2013, Charlotte launched Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Ltd, her very own skincare and beauty brand in Selfridges, London. By 2016, her brand was available in the UK, US, Canada and the Netherlands as well as online in 37 countries. Her line has a main focus surrounding red carpet to reality, particularly to teach and show women how to recreate the work she does on the red carpet for themselves. She is extremely passionate about creating new formulas and beauty products by pouring all of her secrets into her own range.
Charlotte Tilbury has become an instant international sensation. With every tip and trick she has learnt along the way, she has completely transformed the beauty industry. She has strong beliefs that makeup is about enhancing natural beauty and this view is extremely important to empower women everywhere.
By Mikayla Tabone.
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