Earlier this year I was extremely excited to see that US born model, Tiara Young, who currently resides here in the UK, was revealed as one of the faces of the eponymous Charlotte Tilbury brand! I have featured Tiara on my blog in the past when she graced the cover of Stylist Magazine in July 2012.
Charlotte, a world famous, British make up artist, launched her make up and skincare collection just over a year ago to much acclaim.
Charlotte is feted for the high octane, glamorous looks she creates and this influence can be clearly seen in the development of the range. Opulent packaging, exquisite formulations and high performing skincare products are the hallmarks of the brand and it has garnered a swathe of fans since the launch.
When the brand did launch however, fellow blogger Lynda, author of the wonderful lifestyle blog Wonderlusting, reviewed the products and made mention of her only disappointment – that there were no shades for darker skin tones in the foundation offering.
Lynda tweeted Charlotte about this and she graciously responded. [Note to brands: please, please, PLEASE acknowledge our genuine grievances about product availability! Charlotte Tilbury was not only quick to respond, but was honest and showed her gratitude for the feedback].
True to her word, Charlotte Tilbury did launch two darker shades to join the Light Wonder Youth-Boosting, Skin Perfecting Foundation SPF 15 and Tiara was announced as the face sometime after this! I really commend Charlotte Tilbury and her team for acting on this so speedily!
I was keen to try the foundation and I was sent the darkest shade (shade 10) along with the Air Brush Flawless Finish in Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder in Dark.
When I swatched the foundation, I initially wasn’t convinced that the colour would be suitable, it looks very light on the hand, but once I applied it to my face (with a touch of MAC concealer in NW45 underneath) I was converted! The formula is rich and creamy and builds up to provide a full but not overly visible coverage.
The foundation adapted to my skin tone and was actually a much better match than other darker foundations I have used in the past, as my neck and chest area is much lighter than my hands and the colour disparity is minimised.
The foundation is long lasting and used in conjunction with the powder, the staying power is pretty impressive…and of course, the packaging is DIVINE!!
More about Tiara!
I asked Tiara a few questions with regards to her motivations, her appointment by the Charlotte Tilbury brand and her life as an international model!
Question 1: When did start modelling? Were you scouted?
I began modelling when I was 17 years old. I sent pictures to Shameer Khan (model scout/photographer) whilst I was still in high school. He liked me, I flew to NYC…and the rest is history!
Question 2: What has been the most memorable job/the most challenging situation in your career to date?
The most memorable job so far has to be my Harper’s Bazaar cover. It has opened so many doors for me.
My career is still pretty fresh, so I haven’t yet experienced anything too challenging. Fingers crossed it stays that way!
Question 3. It was fantastic to see you front the Charlotte Tilbury campaign! How did the collaboration come about?
Thank you! I’m beyond happy to be a part of her brand and working with her was an honour. I was requested to meet Charlotte whilst I was in London working. I went to her home, she tried a few make up looks on me and the next week I was shooting with her!
Question 4: What are your favourite Charlotte Tilbury products?
Question 5: What 3 tips would you give to those who aspire to follow in your footsteps?
I feel there isn’t really a linear ‘guide’ to become a model. I took a chance and sent pictures to Shameer Khan and it all worked out for me. If you have what it takes and it’s something you really want to do, go for it!