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Circus performers, psychics, pop darling Lily Allen, So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley and Kim Kardashian looking positively radiant in the ‘Golden Goddess’ palette? Yes, it’s true: the Charlotte Tilbury VIP Launch Party on October 9 was a decadently gorgeous affair.

Held outside our store at The Grove in LA, Charlotte Tilbury’s Makeup Your Destiny Launch Party and two-day Beauty Festival was a carnival-themed extravaganza, including a Mesmerizing Eye Bar, a K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lip Bar and one-on-one ‘Tilbury Transformations’ with members of the British beauty maven’s varsity squad. 

The powerhouse turnout was no surprise, of course. You might recall that Tilbury crafted Amal Alamuddin’s makeup look—using the ‘Sophisticate’ eye palette and Chic to Cheek Blush in ‘Love Glow’—when Alamuddin married George Clooney. Her client list is star-studded. But devotees of the renowned expert’s holistic approach also appreciated the presence of notable naturopath Dr. Nigma, who demonstrated the incredible age-erasing capabilities of Charlotte Tilbury’s cult-status skincare line.

Our photo album is like a retroactive full-access pass. Enjoy!

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Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, ran into the ineffable Charlotte Tilbury hard at work behind the scenes of New York Fashion Week.

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Charlotte was creating a “no makeup, makeup” look for the Edun show.

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Charlotte Tilbury & model.

The world-class makeup artist has created her own collection, including cult-status skincare and complete makeup looks to fit any style. Check out our new Charlotte Tilbury Beauty.

Bombshell | Ingenue

Rebel | Glamour Muse

Vintage Vamp | Dolce Vita

Rock Chick | Sophisticate

Golden Goddess | Uptown Girl

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After 20 years of helping top-notch models and actresses to look their most beautiful, British beauty and makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury decided it was time to channel all of her expertise into her own line. Since its launch, Charlotte’s incredible lineup has been taking the UK by storm, and starting this September, it will be available right here at Nordstrom. So excited! Luckily, none of us have to wait until fall to try one of her amazing products, because we’re offering the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Killer Cheekbones’ Set right now as a limited-time Beauty Exclusive during our Anniversary Sale.

Packaged in a compact that’s inspired by the elegance and glamour of the 1920s, these genius powders allow you to sculpt your face just like the stars in Tinseltown. Apply the shading color where you want to sculpt (the hollows of your cheeks, temples, jawline and the sides and tip of your nose), then apply the highlighter on top of the cheekbones and down the center of the nose, cupid’s bow and brow bone. Just blend, and bam—you’re ready for the red carpet!

We can’t wait to bring on even more from Tilbury. Stay tuned for official dates and more highly coveted beauty products from this much-adored Brit makeup maven.

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Killer Cheekbones’ Set

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World-class makeup artist. Brit beauty. Force of nature. We’ve got 10 reasons you’ll want to know more about this industry It girl, mum and modern maven. Find out all about what she loves, who she hangs out with and her pro picks for looking fab. Meet Charlotte Tilbury.

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London-based makeup artist and mother of 1.5 (son Flynn, pictured above, is 4; baby #2 is due in June), Charlotte Tilbury has long been on the industry’s short list for styling top-tier cover shoots, fashion editorials and ad campaigns around the world. A flame-haired beauty herself, Charlotte counts Kate Moss, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow among her loyal clients and friends, relationships bolstered no doubt by a common bond of having young children. In honor of Mother’s Day, we caught up with the endlessly energetic, effervescent industry star to get her refreshingly honest—and uniquely British—take on being a modern mum.

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Kate Moss for Topshop is here, and we’re loving the makeup in the campaign and on the model below as much as we do the clothes! Top makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created this covetable beauty look, and we’ve got all the details so you can get it right now.

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Penélope Cruz stepped out on Oscar night in fine form, looking amazing (especially for being the new mom of a 7-month-old). The Oscar presenter, who donned a pale pink Giambattista Valli draped gown, tapped British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury for her red carpet preparations, and we’ve got the scoop on the sultry eye statement directly from the woman who created it.

“When I am creating a look for the red carpet, it’s so important to marry the makeup with the dress. Because Penélope’s dress was so bold, I wanted to keep the look neutral and glossy but with that touch of old-school Hollywood glamour,” says Charlotte.

“Penélope’s look was inspired by sultry silver screen siren Sophia Loren. I wanted to really exaggerate her incredible almond-shaped eyes and make them the main focus of her look. I did this by filling in her gorgeously lush brows into an arch shape and gelling them into place. I took a black kohl liner onto the top lash line, right into the root of the lashes and into the inner corner of the eye, for a hypnotizing look. I lined the inner rims of the water line and created a copper smoky eye, with smoky browns all over the lid and metallic coppers into the socket. I curled the lashes, coated on layers of black mascara and added a few individual lashes to the outer corner of the eye to really exaggerate and create intensity for a mesmerizing, red-carpet ready look.”

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Braving the polar vortex of the Northeast and dressed in my trusty all-black backstage outfit (accessorized with Valentino Rockstud rain boots and purple-streaked hair), I headed to NYFW with Debra Redmond. Not only did we see new products and techniques but also some welcome updates to classic and retro makeup.

Tadashi Shoji, Nicole Miller, Alice + Olivia

Imagine if The Road Warrior married Sleeping Beauty, or if Blade Runner dated Snow White, and you’ll have a good idea of the beauty looks we saw for fall 2014. Futuristic influences (dramatic eye makeup and dark nails) contrasted with whimsy and femininity (luminous skin, hints of rose on cheeks and lips), all resulting in the ultimate dark fairytale.

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Wine-Stained Lips
From winter rose to deep cognac, lips were stained as if lipstick had been applied very intentionally with fingers (at many shows, it was). While the color was deeply pigmented, the edges were somewhat blurred to create an undefined yet very sophisticated (i.e., not messy) and wearable look. The textures leaned toward velvets and satins—some with a subtle hint of shimmer for added dimension—to complement the rich fabrics of the clothes.

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Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in ‘Berry Noir’
stila stay all day vinyl lip gloss in ‘Merlot Vinyl’
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in ‘Port’

Nicole Miller

Charcoal-Smudged Eyes
The classic smoky eye transformed into a more smudged, slept-in* look in dusky shades—from soft pewter and mouse grey to intense coal and transparent (not chalky) onyx. Layering in deep blue, green and purple shadows added cool interest to basic black, while hints of burnished gold and liquid silver added a slight 3-D effect (and had us thinking ahead to fun holiday looks).

Start Practicing Now:
M•A•C Pro Longwear Paint in ‘Blackground’
Smashbox Photo Op Palette in ‘Smokebox’
NARS The NARSissist Eye Palette

Rebecca Minkoff, Nicole Miller, Peter Som

Two-Tone Nails
Nail art has evolved into a more sophisticated and user-friendly (yeah!) trend of simply using TWO colors. Dare I call it “grown-up” nail art? Many designs were modern takes on classics like the French manicure, and while most were black-based, femininity raised her hand with a new take on nudes. Best of all, almost every design was doable at home!

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One to Watch…
Keep your eye (pun intended) on exaggerated black liner: winged, double-winged and Charlotte Tilbury’s “feline flick” added serious eye interest and drama to a variety of looks.

And that’s my take!
—Kate

*As any beauty devotee knows: always remember to remove makeup before bed. While we all appreciate the LOOK of smudged shadow and mascara, we recommend you create it yourself the next morning v. irritating your eyes or damaging your skin (or pillowcase!) by sleeping in your makeup.

Photos: Gorunway.com, Alice + Olivia, Rebecca Minkoff, Peter Som.

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Donna Karan‘s 30th anniversary show featured the biggest models in fashion, and to put their best face forward the New York-based designer turned to Charlotte Tilbury for M•A•C, who created a glossy, metallic lid paired with a gorgeously youthful complexion.

Charlotte shares how she created the look:

“To start, I used a luxurious moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and dewy, and then a concealer on any blemishes and areas of redness. The moisturizer was then used again on top of the cheekbones as a highlighter to catch the lights as the girls walked down the runway. I lined the waterlines of the eyes with M•A•C Eye Kohl in Phone Number and smudged a bit on the top lash line. Silver metallic creams were washed onto the lids toward the brow bone, and later a layer of gloss was added for a liquid silver effect. The lips were kept dewy and soft with lip balm. Concealer was added to them to tone down any redness.”

Karlie Kloss boldly wears this soft, smudged eye statement.

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