Gotta have it

Rubbish at putting on make up? This make-up by numbers eye, cheek and face palette by Charlotte Tilbury will sort you out good and proper.

I’m a bit out of touch with slap. I’ve got a make up bag that’s filled with a combo of ancient stuff (not quite white lead as used by Liz the First but not far off) and new stuff given as gifts that I don’t know how to use (a classic case of all the gear and no idea). And no flippin’ time either, of course. So anything that demystifies and speeds up the art of slap application gets a big tick from me. Step forward Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Look In A Palette (£49) – it’s basically easy-peasy painting by numbers, so even an imbecile (*raises hand*) can rustle up a presentable, polished face in minutes.

There are three eye colours – I just use a quick swish of the palest one over my lid for daytime; a bronzer; two blushers (the paler one to swipe across the whole cheekbone, the brighter one for a pop of rosiness on the apple of your cheek) and a highlighter for a dash of sparkle.

It’s a lotta product for a decent price, the formulations are excellent (Tilbury’s entire range is brilliant quality), you don’t have to cart around a heavy make-up bag and the compact’s mirror is pleasingly big – Tilbury totally gets that modern busy women are often putting their face on while on the move.

And if even following the palette’s numbers is too much of a challenge, Tilbury’s online how-to videos provide great back-up, if you can get over calling you darling every two seconds.

Loads of other make-up artists have embraced the video tutorial too, it’s been a huge trend in the beauty industry of late. So in the interests of educating myself – and finally learning how to do non-wonky winged eyeliner – I’ve had a (well-powdered) nose around online to discover the major MUA players. Gather your make up around you, grab a mirror, sit in front of your computer and learn from these mascara maestros…

Pixiwoo

Down-to-earth British sisters Sam and Nic Chapman are veterans of the how-to beauty vid. Their comprehensive YouTube channel covers everything from basic beauty to party looks to celebrity styles.

Lisa Potter-Dixon

Benefit’s head of make-up is the most upbeat person in the world, which makes her vids a joy to watch – and her enthusiasm is contagious. She’s especially good on eyebrows and lashes – accordingly Benefit mascaras and brow products are the best in the biz.

Lisa Eldridge

A celeb and fashion mag MUA, Lisa does everything from deciphering catwalk trends (yellow eyeshadow, anyone?) to summer event looks to transforming herself into Aladdin Sane-era Bowie. She often uses herself as the model, so you see what products looks like on a normal – albeit very pretty – person.

Wendy Rowe

Top fashion magazine MUA and Burberry beauty range honcho Wendy has a sleek, useful website. She’s not as big on vid tutorials as some of the others, but there’s loads of info, including step by step guides to recreating her looks for her celeb clients. Her speciality is glowy, gorgeous skin.

Feeling inspired? If you do follow a vid tutorial, send me a pic of your finished face!

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