Test Driving the Brit Celeb Makeup Artist’s Line at Selfridges

 

I had a mission in London. The beauty industry had been buzzing about celeb makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s new line. The mascara was said to be next level. The concealer able to camouflage a decadent night of partying. And, the Wonder Glow Primer able to deliver a lit-from-within effect that filled in wrinkles creating an anti-aging optical illusion. With a cadre of celeb clients that range from Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and the new Mrs. Clooney, I was intrigued. Especially because this makeup is tough to find stateside.

 

I hightailed it over to Selfridges and challenged the talented Oliver Simpson to transform my fatigued complexion into something resembling Sienna Miller. The counter was MOBBED. We found a stool and got to work. Charlotte’s Magic Cream infused my jet-lagged visage with verve,  brightening the complexion and adding a dewy glow. Next, the Wonder Glow Primer evened out my skin tone. The foundation added another level of luminosity. I have a zillion blushes at home. But, I found the Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher alluring. The effect was sun kissed and natural. Finally, what girl can resist a lip gloss at the end of the day? We finished the look with a moisturizing swipe of Sweet Stiletto Lip Lustre.

 

I may not be Sienna Miller, but, damn, I felt good!

Light Wonder Foundation: $45, Nordstrom + Wonder Glow Primer: $55, Nordstrom
 

Here’s what I bought:

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Magic Cream Moisturizer, $100, Nordstrom + ‘Cheek to Chic’ Swish & Pop Blush: $40, Nordstrom

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‘Lip Lustre’ Lip Lacquer: $22, Nordstrom + ‘The Retoucher’ Conceal & Treat Stick: $35, Nordstrom

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Makeup artist Oliver Simpson & Amy Tara Koch at the Charlotte Tilbury in Selfridges


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GET THAT PREGGO GLOW: 8 STEPS TO RADIANCE!

Some pregnant women are blessed with that goddess like glow from within. Not me. My face was peppered with a smorgasbord of dermatological atrocities from the moment I learned of my pregnancy. Red spots appeared on my cheeks. Water retention caused Samsonite sized luggage to take up residence under my eyes. Itchy eczema patches came and went on my face and body.  I went through a bout of acne that would put a teenager’s volcanic complexion to shame.

Great skin requires a quality skin care regime that encourages cellular turnover: frequent exfoliation, hydration and SPF application. But, what worked pre-pregnancy, may not work now. Step one? Evaluate your products and avoid the host of contraindicated ingredients for pregnancy. Look for ingredients that exfoliate but are not overly drying. Next up? Makeup.  Dewiness and a soft, healthy looking glow is a direct result of neutralizing discolorations and blending foundation with light reflective particles.To achieve the goddess like perfection of, say, Jennifer Lopez, yank a page from the playbook of celebs’ glam squad and become a master of calculated subtlety.

1.      Start with a low lather, oil based cleanser. Belli Skincare has an  Acne Cleansing Facial Wash with  lactic acid which gently exfoliates dead skin and increases collagen production for firmer, younger looking skin.

Belli Facial Wash

BELLI Acne Cleansing Facial Wash, $22

2. You may not be knocking them back these days, but customizing a “cocktail” (beauty parlance for layering a variety of gentle but active products on the face for increased efficacy) of products for the face and décolleté is integral to great skin.

Sonya Dakar Omega Booster

Sonya Dakar Organic Omega Booster, $42

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair Cream

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair Cream with Peptide K8, $150

3.      Apply a creamy under eye concealer. Patting (not rubbing) the product gives more coverage.

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil, $18

4.      Apply a powder foundation and follow with a sweep of luminizing powder on cheeks, forehead and nose top

Bare Minerals Foundation--Get the Glow

Bare Escentuals Mineral Foundation, $25

Jane Iredale Mineral Foundation

Jane Iredale Amazing Base Mineral Foundation, $42

5.      Find a mellow shade of bronzer that matches your skin tone and brush on only where the sun would naturally hit the face: cheeks, forehead, bridge of nose, chin and chest. Don’t blow your cover by forgetting to bronze your ears, décolleté and neck.

Sue Devitt Bronzer

Sue Devitt Bronzed Pressed Powder, $30

6.   Apply a shimmer based blush to the apple of your cheeks and blend with puff

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Rose Blush

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Rose, $38

7.   Pat oil or moisturizer on your face for added dewiness

Darphin Jasmine Aromatic Care

Darphin Jasmine Aromatic Care, $100

8.  Now that you have a glow, wake up the eyes and mouth with a lengthening mascara and some lip gloss

ULTRAFLESH Panthera Mascara

Ultraflesh Panthera Mascara, $26

Stila Lip Glaze Papaya

Stila Lip Glaze in Papaya, $22

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