BE­HIND THE SCENES

Heels, fresh eye makeup for bed­time and no caf­feine— wel­come to a day in the life of makeup artist Char­lotte Til­bury.

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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)

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