Plus, the must-have makeup items that she says inspires power, joy, and confidence—for her fans and herself.

By By Kate Sandoval Box
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Magic is a word makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury says a lot. Before she launched her beauty brand, she spent years mixing her own "magic cream" back­ stage at fashion shows and photo shoots to transform her clients' tired skin. The hyaluronic acid and peptide formula, now called Charlotte's Magic Cream ($100,, has reached cult status worldwide. (Her brand was the official beauty brand for the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.)

And when Tilbury wants a magical recharge, she heads to Ibiza with her husband, George, and two sons, Flynn and Valentine. "It's where I spend time with them, relax, and dance late into the night-it's my magic beautifying fuel."

The first time she wore makeup? "Com­pletely magical! I was 13, at boarding school, and I put on mascara. Everyone at every age reacted to me differently. I felt mesmeriz­ing and so confident." (Related: The Absolute Best Mascaras On the Market for Every Lash Look)

Creating that magic-the transformative power that makeup has on your persona-is what Tilbury is all about. Her prod­ucts aim to bring outer and inner beauty to life. A few, in particular, keep Tilbury pretty happy: "Lipstick! I wear my Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk ($34, for everything from a meeting to a date because it brightens my complexion and my mood. This shade is the perfect nude-pink that suits all. It is happiness in a tube." And concealer: "It turns a bad­skin day into a perfect­ skin day," she says. "It's a universal truth: When you have a flawless complex­ion, there's nothing you can't conquer."


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