Gifted Giver: Beauty Guru Charlotte Tilbury

For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

charlotte-tilbury-interview-with-nordstromTalk about gifted. As one of the most in-demand artists in the industry, Charlotte Tilbury pretty much has the Midas touch when it comes to makeup. So, what’s on Charlotte’s list to give and receive this year? We know, we know! (Because she was nice enough to tell us). See what this gifted giver has in store for her family and A-list friends this holiday season.

What stands out as the best gift you’ve ever given?
This year I’m giving all my friends—including Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr and Amal Clooney—my Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe. I’ll definitely be sending one to Kim Kardashian too! Makeup can be a hard gift to get right, so this gorgeous set is perfect for gifting to the people I treasure the most.

This lipstick wardrobe is an incredible collection of 10 traffic-stopping, modern matte lip looks from the dialed-up glamour of Red Carpet Red for the perfect party pout to the elegantly understated Very Victoria—named for Victoria Beckham’s sophisticated style. The formula contains nourishing orchid extracts and gives an amazing 3D effect for fuller, wider lit-from-within lips. I can’t live without it!

What I love most about my job is to see the emotional reaction once a makeover is complete. Makeup and skincare have such amazing transformational powers! I want to make every woman the MOST BEAUTIFUL VERSION OF THEMSELVES. I truly believe that is the greatest gift of all.

What is “the perfect gift,” anyway?
For me the perfect gift is something incredible and magical that makes the recipient feel instantly more confident and beautiful! I think that makeup is the perfect gift, of course… because what could be better than the gift of being the most beautiful you?

What’s your go-to host or hostess gift, either for a party or for a weekend or extended stay?
I’m a makeup artist, so my friends and family expect to receive makeup from me—I think they’d be disappointed if I turned up with just champagne or flowers! This month I’ve been giving everyone my magical Rock ‘n’ Kohl Smokey Cat Eye Kit. I’m known for my Smokey Eye (Kate Moss and Stella McCartney call it “The Tilbury Eye”). This genius kit is packed with all the backstage beauty essentials for an incredible smokey eye, whether you’re running from desk to disco or want to dial up your look for the party season! Containing my iconic Rock ‘n’ Kohl eye pencil in Bedroom Black for the ultimate Rock Chick Bedroom Eye, Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil in Black Diamonds and my amazing Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara in Glossy Black, it’s like having your own personal makeup artist on hand to give you a sultry, smokey eye in an instant. What could be a more ultimate gift than that?!

Feel free to allow us to alert your friends and family in this very public format: what would you love to unwrap this year?
The best gift is spending time with my husband George, my sons Flynn and Valentine and the rest of my family and close friends. I also love high heels from Tom Ford, Prada, Miu Miu and Alaia—a woman can never have enough high heels!

See more from all our Gifted Givers.

—Jeff Powell

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