Tuesday, 4 August 2015


I hope you enjoyed my previous post regarding Charlotte Tilbury new collection and new counter in Trafford Centre, because today's post is all about the same subject.

To celebrate the launch of the Norman Parkinson collection, Selfridges organized a proper make up masterclass and luckly enough, I was invited, yayyyyy!!!!

Let me start saying it wasn't just a masterclass, it was a proper introduction to the philosophy beyond the brand and the concepts beyond every single product.

Charlotte is not only one of the most famous make up artist in the world but a big name in products development and research, so listening to her team and seeing them in action was a wonderful experience, especially for a make up obsessed like me.

When we got to the event, hosted in Selfridges Trafford Centre, we were saluted by a perfecty set make up table, with all the skincare, make up, a full set of brushes and a face chart, ready for the masterclass.

If you are a Charlotte Tilbury fan, probably this is what dreams are made of.

We started by removing our make up (no photos of this stage of course) using the provided  Genius Eye Make Up Remover and the Multi Miracle Glow, which can be used as a cleanser, a mask and a balm.

We had a go with the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, one of the most gentle clay mask I have ever tried, probably thanks to the sweet almond oil and french peony extract, I did not experience any itching or burning sensation afterwards and skin did not feel extra dry as sometimes happens with clay masks.

After the cleansing stage, we moved to prep our skin and we used, what a question, the hyper famous Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, a face cream formulated by Charlotte in person, that hydrates and prepares the skin, applied with a special deep massage.

It's a very thick and rich formula (a bit too much for my combination skin, I must admit) that adsorbs very well.

We then applied the Wonder Glow, a primer specifically formulated to cancel dull complexion, smooth imperfections and give that signature glowing look.

The following step was extremely interesting for me; we were working with foundations, concealers and powder to achieve a perfectly flawless look.

I bought a Charlotte Tilbury foundation months ago and the color match was completely wrong, so I took advantage of all the MUA there to find the right shade, which turned out to be a mix in between the Light Wonder Foundation 7 and 4.

After pattig it all over with the foundation brush, I added a bit of concealer, The Retoucher number 3 and set it all with the Air Brush Flawless Finish in medium, insisting on the t zone.

Once I applied a tiny bit of Lip Magic (rich in propolis) I followed the MUA tip to do my brows: I used the "Cara D" Brow Lift, a 3 in one product with a brush end to comb, a creamy pencil to draw and a highlither powder to lift. I must admit this was easy and the result was very natural and defined. Good!

At this point, I was ready for contouring (the other bit I was looking forward!) and of course, we used the Film Star Bronze and Glow  from the Norman Parkinson Collection.

The dark shades was blended on the jaw line, the hollows of the cheeks, top of the forehead and side of the nose, whilst the highlither went on the bridge of the nose, centre of forehead, temples and cheeks, following the holy rule of contouring that wants the darker shades where you want depth, the lighter ones on the areas you want to stand out.

The Norman Parkinson collection sees two signature looks: the Miss 1975 and the Miss Kensington.

The lead MUA, Nelson Catarino, demonstrate on a model the Miss 1975, here some pictures. Gorgeous isn't she?

I went for Miss Kensington, with a little variation.

Here are the steps:

* Colour of Youth, a peachy pink gel, was patted with my fingertips on the apple of the cheeks.

* I blended Dreamy Glow Highlither where the creamy highlighter was applied in contouring stage.

* I used Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk to define lips and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Miss Kensington.  

* Eyes were done using Eyes to Mesmerize creamy eyeshadows in Jean (inner corner)  and Marie Antoniette (all over).

* That iconic flick was done with Rock 'n' Kohl in Barbarella Brown, drawing a dot where I wanted my flick to endend and connecting it to the lines previously done (top and bottom) lifting the brows instead of doing the usual pulling of the eyes on the side. 

* Full Fat Lashes is Charlotte's choice for length, drama, curl, definition and volume (maybe a bit too pretentious? It's a nice black mascara, I can agree with that).

As I told you before, I added my personal twist. I was very attracted by the Miss 1975 red lips so after trying the nude option, I went for Kiss and Tell as liner and the Matte Revolution Miss 1975 Red on the lips. Bingo!

Overall I was happy with my results and I indulged in some purchases...but this, once again, is another blog post!



  1. The Charlotte Tilbury Masterclass looks amazing. I would have made use of the MUAs there as well to find my perfect foundation shade, glad you got yours done so you know your correct one now. Your bank balance may not thank you. Charlotte Tilbury makeup is absolutely gorgeous so I am a little jealous you got to have a play with it all lol.

    Great post and photos.


    P.s. I found your link through 30plusblogs.

    1. Hello carrie, it was indeed a very amazing experience. i mean, i could do this with all my fave brands, can you imagine? Would be great!


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