Celebrity Charity: BEAUTY THERAPY: Lighten up, it’s summer!
Published: 19:02 EDT, 22 June 2019 | Updated: 19:02 EDT, 22 June 2019
Lightweight is the catchword this time of year, from sheer make-up to fragrance notes and grooming tools that make holiday packing a breeze. Here are my favourite five
The Manta Hairbrush, Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier
The Manta Hairbrush (£25, mantahair.com).
A relatively new launch, this brush is unlike any I’ve used before. It looks a bit like a manta ray – in lightweight silicone form and with a side of bristles, that is. The handle slides between the fingers to give good grip, and its flexibility and long teeth mean that it glides through the hair and detangles easily for minimum breakage and gives the scalp a gorgeous massage that makes me feel a bit like a cat in scratching heaven. I haven’t quite done the upward eye-roll into the head yet when using it, but I’m not far off…
Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier (£110 for 100ml eau de parfum, libertylondon.com).
Indulgent price-wise but it’s utterly charming – light yet sophisticated, citrus yet floral, and it speaks of warmth and joy and high hopes. Key notes of lemon tree flowers, jasmine and musk. Swellegant stuff.
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Old Flame (£22, spacenk.com). One of those sleight-of-hand lippies: it’s bright orange in colour but actually works with the pH of your lips to transform into more of a peach (though, truth be told, I have quite naturally pigmented lips so mine turned more of a deep berry). But all it takes is a whisper to get results.
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Cheek Colour, Boots No7 Match Made Custom Blend Foundation Drops
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Cheek Colour (£16.50, danielsandler.com).
Not a new launch, but some new shades have been added – including my favourite, the light-peach Caress – to give 21 options. And the texture has been updated to make it even more silky. I wouldn’t claim that blushers ever feel heavy, but this is air-light and gives a long-lasting and flattering flush to cheeks.
Boots No7 Match Made Custom Blend Foundation Drops (£16, boots.com).
Truly one of my favourite ‘foundation’ options, this has been in my retinue since it launched. And no matter who I give it to for testing, they always report back that it’s brilliant. It works simply: add a drop (or two or three depending on the amount of coverage you’re after) to your moisturiser or serum, blend them together then apply for a very natural, glowing finish. You can choose from 25 shades and a bottle lasts for quite a while. A true make-up star.
‘Wake up and wear the lipstick’
Lessons from Charlotte Tilbury’s mum and make-up muse
Charlotte with her mum Patsy
Last week Charlotte Tilbury, make-up artist extraordinaire and founder of her eponymous make-up brand, launched her Hot Lips project take two – a collection of 11 suits-all lipsticks with a charitable slant: a guaranteed £1 million from proceeds will go to Women for Women International. Charlotte is a global ambassador of this charity that helps women survivors of conflict to rebuild their lives.
With Hot Lips 2, shades are again inspired by and named after her celebrity friends and clients – this collection includes Kylie Minogue, Amal Clooney and Susan Sarandon. And, for the first time, the lipsticks (£28) will be refillable (£19) with a choice of five cases.
With one of the colours inspired by Charlotte’s mother Patsy, we thought we would take the opportunity to ask the 72-year-old mama of this modern-day cosmetics mogul a few beauty questions of her own…
What have you taught Charlotte about make-up?
The importance of looking after her complexion and moisturising her lovely skin every day. We lived in Ibiza and I always reminded her that the sun was beauty suicide and to never go out in it between noon and 4.30pm. The sun is very ageing, especially on the décolletage, so always protect to perfect. Charlotte was a natural with make-up – from a very young age she was so inquisitive about it. She often picked up magazines, inspected them and asked how the women looked so good – she would study those images for hours.
You seem to love a bold lip – has that always been your look?
I’ve got good lips and believe that old saying: ‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it.’ For me a red lip is instant glamour. When I was growing up, Brigitte Bardot was my beauty icon: with her fabulous blonde hair and gingham frocks, those seductive smoky black eyes and that standout pretty pink lip. It was total glamour and I wanted to re-create it. Now I only wear red or orangey red – they suit my colouring. I always say, ‘Wake up and wear lipstick – wherever you are’. If you’ve got a nice kimono on, as well as your shades and favourite lipstick, you can go anywhere.
Have you changed your make-up as you’ve got older?
I don’t do age. I don’t even think about it when it comes to make-up, I just prefer to be more subtle. I would describe my look now as elegant with an edge. I never use black on my eyes – instead I go for soft brown powder pencils, such as Charlotte’s beautiful Rock ’n’ Kohl in Barbarella Brown (£19). I find it lifts and elongates my eyes for a more youthful look. When it comes to lipstick, Charlotte taught me that the best way to make lips look fuller is by adding a little Lip Cheat Lip Liner (£16) to the areas that need more definition and plumping.
Above, from top: Charlotte Tilbury’s Hot Lips 2 Lipsticks in Patsy Red (after her mum), Angel Alessandra (in tribute to supermodel Ambrosio) and JK Magic (in honour of Ms Rowling), all available at charlottetilbury.com
Need a refill?
More lippies with wow – and less waste
Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim Refillable Lipstick, Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain
Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim Refillable Lipstick (£31, and refill, £20, spacenk.com) is more of a gloss in a stick, giving a light shimmery dose of colour. It’s housed in a chic pen-like case.
Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain (lipstick, £26, and case, £18, selfridges.com). This satin-finish lipstick is one of the most elegantly housed and its changeable case includes a flip-up mirror and comes in a variety of colours.