Charlotte Tilbury Thomas Lohr for BoF

Charlotte Tilbury

Makeup Artist

Having discovered makeup’s transformative power at a young age, she has worked for top brands and launched her own cosmetics line.

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Having discovered makeup’s transformative power at a young age, she has worked for top brands and launched her own cosmetics line.

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Biography

British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is one of the United Kingdom's most famous exports in the makeup industry. She has created campaign looks for Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, Michael Kors, Dsquared2, Stella McCartney, Loewe and H&M. She has been responsible for beauty campaigns for Burberry and Tom Ford, two of fashion’s biggest beauty players.

Editorially, Tilbury has contributed covers and editorials to French, British, Spanish and Brazilian Vogues, among many more titles. She regularly works as a show makeup director for brands as wide ranging as Hakaan, Zadig & Voltaire, Vionnet, Mugler and Donna Karen.

Having moved from Ibiza when she was 9 years old, Tilbury discovered the power of cosmetics while at boarding school in England. “Makeup literally changed my life. I put on mascara and the whole world’s reaction to me changed. I remember feeling kind of hurt about that. And then I realised, actually, I’m just like everybody else.” Tilbury attended Glauca Rossi School of Makeup in London to learn her trade.

Tilbury launched the Rock & Khol festival at Selfridges in 2013, with the unveiling of a lenticular image of lifelong friend and muse Kate Moss. As evidence of her popularity in the industry, many friends turned up in show of their support, including Nicola Formichetti, Cara Delevingne, Bay Garnett, Laura Bailey, Mario Testino and Moss.

Tilbury is in the process of launching her own line of cosmetics. “Beauty is power, and makeup is something that really enhances that; it’s a woman’s secret weapon," she told BoF.

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