Since the launch of her eponymous cosmetics collection, she’s changed the game with Pillow Talk (her best-selling mauve-y pink matte lipstick), Wonderglow Face Primer (a dewy base to keep your foundation looking flawless) and Magic Cream (an Allure Best of Beauty-winning moisturizer) — and the list goes on. Product after product, she bottles her glamour and iconic glow to bring us the makeup and skin care we’ve always wanted. And this generous queen graciously shares her beauty secrets with the world, one tutorial at a time.
So it comes as no surprise that Tilbury was voted your favorite makeup artist for our Readers’ Choice Awards. And in honor of the win, we asked her to answer your top makeup questions. Below, Tilbury gives you all her tips on applying foundation, contouring correctly, and how to do her famed liner look — the “feline flick” — like a pro.
Is there a way to use less foundation and still get allover coverage?
Tilbury: Start with several drops of foundation on the back of your hand; use a foundation brush to apply it, starting at the center of your face and buffing outward. If there are spots where you want more coverage, use concealer on top.
How can you contour without wiping away your foundation in the process?
Tilbury: Use a cream formula so it blends seamlessly with your foundation. Target your contour shade on the cheekbones, temples, forehead, and down the sides of your nose using a contour brush. Soften harsh lines with a buffing brush.
What’s one of your favorite makeup tricks that anyone can do at home?
Tilbury: Try my signature look — I call it the “feline flick” — to lift and elongate your eyes. Using a liquid pen liner, start in the inner corner and trace a thin line along your upper lashes. Halfway across your lid, begin to thicken the line, slowly sweeping the pen upward. Stop at the outer corner; draw a dot slightly up from the outer corner where you want the flick to end, and complete the look by connecting the dots.
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A version of this story originally appeared in the June 2020 issue of Allure. Learn how to subscribe to the print magazine here.
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