The glamour questionnaire.
Charlotte Tilbury.

By Loïc Prigent

The glamour questionnaire. Charlotte Tilbury. - © System Magazine

Loïc Prigent: What’s your advice to a young model?

Charlotte Tilbury: Really visualize what your dream campaign would look like and hold on to that. There will be challenges, darling – even at the very start of my career I had moments of self-doubt.

What’s your advice to a veteran model?

If you stop being a model you can use your talents elsewhere, advising and supporting others in campaigns. Don’t be limited in your thinking; you could also work on your own beauty blog.

What’s your advice to a young English designer?

Always, darling, think about how clothes inform the make-up – it’s good to work closely with make-up artists.

What word should we use instead of ‘nude’?

Express the nuances of it by referring to the women who have inspired the shades.

What word should we use instead of ‘modern’?

I always talk about ‘next-generation’ skincare and ‘next-generation’ colours; challenge the norm and push the needle.

Who are the two fashion people you would want to be sat next to at a fashion dinner? 

Two?! I dream of having dinner with Coco Chanel, Estée Lauder and Helena Rubinstein. They inspire me every day.

Who are the photographers with the best vibe on set?

Mario Testino – he has the most incredible energy; Mert and Marcus – they push boundaries! Sølve Sundsbø – just incredible (and I shot my latest campaign with him).

What guidelines would you give us for a good selfie?

Hold the camera from the most flattering angle: instant contour and facelift. And you always need great lighting – it can change the entire photo.

What is your top tip for always looking confident?

Keep a lipstick in your handbag – it’s instant glamour!

What was the last text you sent Kate Moss and what was her response?

Darling, I never give away those secrets, but we are in constant communication. I absolutely adore Kate.

What is the oldest and best make-up trick to look fabulous?

Contouring is an old Hollywood secret to create film-star killer cheekbones, and siren skin.

What do you do to avoid boredom on a set?

I never get bored on set. If I’m not creating magic moments, then I’m talking with my incredible Team Tilbury! There’s never a spare moment with me.

What makes you happy today? 

My handsome husband, George, and my two gorgeous boys, Valentine & Flynn.

Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury

Taken from System No. 8.