BEHIND THE SCENES
Heels, fresh eye makeup for bedtime and no caffeine— welcome to a day in the life of makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury.
Heels, yes. Caffeine, no. And fresh makeup for bedtime. Welcome to a day in the life of makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury.
I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. I HAVE TO GET
kicked out of bed. My assistant calls and says, “You’ve got an hour!” Then she calls me again 20 minutes before I’m supposed to be ready to make sure I’m up. Normally I’ve been a bit naughty and gone back to bed. The first call is anywhere between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. My sons get up between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., so sometimes I sneak down to be with them.
Before I eat breakfast, I have a shower. I wash my hair and do a clay face mask afterward, and I keep it on while I’m putting on body lotion or choosing my outfit. I tend to wear dresses and have about 300 black ones. I have two wardrobes: a black wardrobe that’s very slick with lots of pencil skirts, and a summer wardrobe with lots of prints and chiffon and colours—very Stevie Nicks in the ’70s. And I only wear heels.
After the mask, I put on Charlotte’s Magic Cream and Wonderglow, then my Light Wonder foundation. Sometimes I just do a feline flick, soft brown along the lash line, or I’ll do a bit more of a smoky eye. Then I do lots of mascara, on my top and bottom lashes. I use The Retoucher concealer underneath my eyes and then I put on Cheek to Chic blush in “Ecstasy.” I wear my lip liner in “Pillow Talk” and “Penelope Pink” lipstick, and Filmstar Bronze & Glow—always. I wear fragrance, but it’s a secret mix until it comes out. For my hair, I diffuse it and then backcomb it, and I blow-dry the fringe.
For breakfast, I have hot water and lemon, and either grapefruit or pineapple juice. I have eggs and bacon—I need to eat. My days are jam-packed, so I have to have energy. I also take homeopathic drops every morning.
Then, I either go to the office or I have a mobile office on the road. During fashion week, in between shows, I’ll be designing a beauty counter or updating my Instagram, having a board meeting or talking about product development. I also try to stay in contact with my friends because I have a huge social life.
If I’m in London, I try to get acupuncture or see a homeopath once or twice a week. I have to avoid caffeine or anything that makes me more hyper; I need everything to calm me down. I put out a lot, so I believe I have to put stuff back into the tank.
I’m still very active as a makeup artist, so I do Vogue and Vanity Fair covers. I still do celebrities on the red carpet, but I’ve had to scale back on the shows. I say no to a lot of stuff, which is sometimes painful because I really want to take it on. You can’t do everything, otherwise you’ll explode.
At night I see my kids before they go to bed. I always read bedtime stories to my five-year-old son. I normally lie with him until he goes to sleep. Then I go out. I go to events, dinners, parties. If it’s a crazy season, I’m out five nights a week. When I was in New York, I went to see Sienna Miller’s play at Studio 54. I always stay at fun hotels, like the Chateau Marmont in L.A. A lot of my friends congregate there. I’ll go down to the lobby and it’s like, “Hi! Hi! Hi!” I find it very difficult to finish work and just go back to my room. I’m an active relaxer.
I don’t ever go to bed before 12 a.m., and I’ve developed a terrible penchant for these very thin black cotton nighties. I put the satin dressing gown overtop so I look fetching for my husband. I remove my eye makeup and reapply it, but not as much. I don’t really like seeing myself without makeup—it’s my thing. It’s not only about men. I feel more confident with it.
—As told to Lesa Hannah
CLOCKWISE FROM LOWER LEFT: VISITING SIENNA MILLER BACKSTAGE AT STUDIO 54; HANGING OUT WITH RIHANNA AND KATE MOSS; THE TILBURY CLAN
FROM LEFT: WONDERGLOW ($65) AND CHARLOTTE’S MAGIC CREAM ($125)