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Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury Takes Us on an Exclusive Closet and Bathroom Tour

On functionality: A large, central island (custom marble-topped, scalloped edges) comprises Tilbury’s mission control. Only the most worthy lab samples move from a cupboard to this countertop to — hopefully, eventually — vanities across the world. 

On visual reminders: Tilbury commissioned artist Paula Haenlein to hand-paint a series of goddesses on antique mirrored panels, which were then hand-cut to frame her wardrobe. “I believe that all women are goddesses,” she says. (The ones in her boudoir include Nike, Qetesh, and Tanit.)

On indulging: After soaking in the bath, Tilbury applies her signature Magic Cream from head to toe. To those who critique her habit (1.7 ounces retails for $100), “I’m like, ‘Sweetie, if I own the company, I can use Magic Cream wherever.'”

On stocking up: Tilbury stocks multiple shades of complexion products. “Sometimes I fake tan, but I don’t ever put my face in the sun,” she says. (“I’m actually working on the most incredible product, but anyway…” she trails off. If a tinted sunscreen is forthcoming you heard it here first.) She mixes shades to match her skin tone, plus one shade brighter under eyes.

On setting the tone: The key to achieving a zen space, says Tilbury, is to engage all five senses. She might light a candle (Diptyque Baies), apply a face oil (Kora Organics Noni Glow), dim the overhead lights, and chime a crystal sound bowl. “It calms the frequency of the room down,” she says. “We live such busy lives. It’s important to have that sacred space.”

Ready for the full tour? Watch her video below: 

A version of this story originally appeared in the April 2021 issue of Allure. Learn how to subscribe here.

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