How to Create Charlotte Tilbury’s The Sophisticate Look

Whether you’re giving a big presentation at work or heading to a wedding in the Hamptons (can we get an invite?), sometimes you want your makeup to scream sophistication. Fortunately, celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has just the thing for you: The Sophisticate, a Charlotte signature look that simply oozes elegance and class. The look, which pairs a subtle, neutral-toned smoky eye with a classic nude lip, emulates the understated, refined beauty of icons like Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Portman. Read on to learn how to add this effortlessly chic look to your beauty wardrobe in just a few steps.


Start with Polished, Glowing Skin

Prep and Prime the Skin

The Sophisticate always starts with an even, polished complexion. Massage Charlotte’s Magic Cream into clean skin to create a smooth, plumped-up base for makeup. Smooth a dab of light-diffusing Wonderglow over the skin and blend well for what Charlotte calls “an instant spotlight effect.”

Apply Foundation and Concealer

To minimize uneven tone and blur imperfections, tap a few dabs of Light Wonder Foundation to the center of the face and blend outwards with the Charlotte Tilbury Foundation Brush. Conceal any remaining blemishes, discoloration, or redness with a small amount of The Retoucher. Pat lightly with your ring finger to blend.

Set with Powder

Using a fluffy powder brush, dust Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder over the T-zone and under the eyes to lock in a perfect, cashmere-soft finish all day.


Accentuate the Eyes with The Sophisticate Luxury Palette

Prime the Lid

Charlotte’s The Sophisticate Luxury Palette comes color-coded so that you can create a sophisticated smoky eye in a flash. Start by using a flat eye shadow brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 18, to pat the Luxury Palette’s Prime shade over the entire eyelid.

Enhance the Crease

Blend the Enhance shade, an earthy tan, into the crease with a fluffy, tapered eyeshadow brush. We recommend Wayne Goss Brush 03 for this step.

Define the Lashlines

Blend the Enhance shade into the upper and lower lashlines with a small blending brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 04. This adds soft, warm definition to the eye.

Smoke It Out

Sweep the Smoke shade, a gorgeous taupe grey, across the crease and into the outer corner with a small blending brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 04.

Add a Pop of Color

Blend the Pop shade, a deep chocolate brown, onto the center of the lid and the lower lashline with a small blending brush.

Line the Eyes and Add Mascara

Use The Classic eye pencil in Audrey to line the upper and lower lashlines. Curl your lashes with the Life Changing Lashes eyelash curler and apply a few coats of Full Fat Lashes.


Sculpt and Highlight with Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Add Definition to Cheekbones

Softly suck in your cheeks and sweep Filmstar Bronze & Glow’s Sculpt shade along the hollows with the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush. For a more subtle contoured look, dab the brush on the back of your hand to remove any excess powder before applying.

Highlight Your High Points

Using a clean brush, apply Filmstar’s Highlight shade to the high points of your face: the cheekbones, tip and bridge of the nose, brow bone, and cupid’s bow. Don’t forget the inner corners of the eyes!


Last But Not Least: Cheeks and Lips

Add a Flush with Cheek to Chic

Add a Flush with Cheek to Chic

Tap a blush brush in your favorite shade of Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush (we used the shade Sex on Fire) and blend onto the apples of the cheeks. Lightly sweep the color towards your temples.

The Classic Nude Lip

For a classic nude pout, line your lips with Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude. Apply Hot Lips lipstick in Super Cindy, a timeless taupe nude, with a lip brush in layers until you’re happy with the level of coverage.

The Audrey Hepburn Look

To truly capture Audrey Hepburn’s covetable style, line your lips with Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. Apply K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Hepburn Honey, a classic peach bisque, with a lip brush in layers until you’re happy with the level of coverage.

Voilà! Add perfectly coiffed hair (and a tailored Céline suit, Charlotte suggests) to glide from board meetings to gallery openings in sleek, sophisticated style.

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Trump or Clinton – Can I Have Neither?

Hopefully we’ve all had time to recover from yesterday’s cringe-, laugh-, and cry-worthy debate. There was real talk, post-apocalyptic scenarios, and conspiracy theories in the making. We also learned about “bad hombres” (and bad ombres!); the depths of Trump’s limited knowledge on abortion; and why dumb sexist insults make great feminist hashtags. At least now we have memes. for. days. Also, thankfully, we were spared the paternity test segment of what felt like a very special episode of The Jerry Springer Show. Some, however, wisely chose to just watch these chill sea turtles instead. Moving on, edible drones are on their way; these California restaurateurs are serving up piping-hot LGBTQ rights; sentient Teslas are coming for us (but not as our Ubers); this animated interactive game is keeping an indigenous language alive; a new exhibit lets you see through the eyes of refugees; Trump continues to ruin the lives of people he’s never met; these Missouri frat dudes who doled out roofies are sadly not the first (or last) group to do this; to wear or not wear the hijab isn’t so black and white; and these thousands of dead frogs may be a sign that the world is coming to end. If not, maybe just wake us up when it’s November 9th. —Laura Feinstein

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When to Replace Key Things in Your Life

  • inde1xMattress: Every Seven Years

    If you’re vacuuming the surface regularly—an easy way to zap dust mites—your mattress should last quite a while.

    Bed Pillows: Every Two Years

    Just like your mattress, pillows are a haven for dust mites, which—ugh—can cause allergy-like symptoms to develop.

    Duvet: Every Five Years

    Just be sure to wash it at least once a season so it doesn’t get gross.

    indexTowels: Every Two to Three Years

    If you notice they’re losing their absorbency—or worse, starting to smell—it’s time to head to Bed, Bath & Beyond and restock.

    Bath Mat: Every Two Years

    This actually gets more wear and tear than your towels, but you should replace it for similar reasons: It’s less absorbent or it starts to fade or smell.

    indexSneakers: Every Six to 12 Months

    Runners refer to it as the 500-mile rule. Once they’ve crossed it, it’s time for a new pair.

    in4dexBras: Every Eight Months

    That’s why you need up to eight in rotation. As long as you wash them properly, they’ll hold on to their elasticity and support.

    i1ndexPhones: Every Two to Three Years

    While it’s smart to time your purchases with the release of the new model, as long as the operating system is still supported (find out which OS you’re running here), your phone is in good shape.

    Plastic Food Storage Containers: Every Two to Five Years

    Be on the lookout for scratches and cracks. If you spot one, toss the container now to steer clear of food spoilage or germs.

    ind44exBrita Water Filters: Every Two Months

    Any longer and you’ll start to notice a change in the taste.

    i123ndexToothbrushes: Every Three to Six Months

    The second the bristles start to splay, it’s time for a replacement.

    i12magesMakeup Brushes: Every Two Years

    Just be sure you’re washing them at least once a week.

    mindexMascara: Every Three Months

    That’s about how long a tube should last, assuming you use it daily. Beyond that, the formula will probably dry up—or worse, bacteria will form.

    bindexBike Helmet: Every Three to Five Years

    Keep up with the new technology, people. If you’ve experienced a crash, you should replace the helmet right away.

    miindexMicrowave: Every Ten Years

    If the cook times suddenly lengthen or you notice a buzzing sound, the motor might be burning out, which means it’s time for a new appliance.

    sindexSmoke Detectors: Every Ten Years

    If it chirps after you’ve replaced the batteries or there’s no sound when you perform the monthly test, it’s done.

    aindexAir Conditioner: Every Ten to 15 Years

    It’s all about energy efficiency. The newer your AC unit, the lower your electric bills.

    adindexHair Dryer: Every Five Years

    If your blow-dryer rattles or your hair starts to take a really (really) long time to dry, it’s time for a new one—like maybe a Dyson.

    rindexRefrigerator: Every Ten Years

    If you notice excessive condensation and your freezer looks like a blizzard hit it, start keeping an eye out for sales.

6 Successful Women That Rock and 1 That I Adore To Death

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Producer, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”; Founder, Ellen Digital Network

Most famously known as the host and producer of her eponymous, Emmy-award-winning talk show, Ellen DeGeneres is one of today’s most visible entertainment personalities. She’s also perhaps one of the savviest businesspeople in Hollywood.

In May, the comedian launched Ellen Digital Network, an original programming and user-generated-content platform that will unify her wildly popular entertainment, lifestyle, and social media brands. Already, “The Ellen Show” rakes in more than 600 million average monthly video views across all social media platforms.

DeGeneres’ current digital assets include viral video website Ellentube; No. 1 party game app “Heads Up!”; Ellentube original reality-TV competition “tWitch & Allison’s Dance Challenge”; and interactive “Ellen Show” segment “Epic or Fail.” Under the new digital network, she’ll introduce an animated show produced with Warner Bros. and an exclusive content project with social media superstar Tyler Oakley, among other projects.

Through a steady stream of fresh, energetic, and positive content, DeGeneres — who has more than 60 million followers on Twitter — has crafted a growing brand that’s only elevated by her creed: Be kind to one another. The apparel designer, interior decorator, and New York Times best-selling author also uses her platform to help steer national conversation on topics like gay rights and to give generously to her talk show guests and to charities.

indexSara Blakely

Founder and owner, Spanx

In 2012, Sara Blakely became the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire at the time, thanks to her invention — Spanx, the revolutionary body-shaping undergarments. The idea grew out of Blakely’s own needs. One day, she cut up her pantyhose to create the slimming effect she wanted under a pair of pants.

Keeping her day job in sales, Blakely went to work developing her idea, despite having next to no knowledge about fashion design, retail, or business. She spent two years — and $5,000 of her own money — diligently patenting the idea, finding a hosiery manufacturer, prototyping the product, and successfully pitching it to Neiman Marcus. Blakely, then still in her 20s, launched Spanx out of her Atlanta, Georgia, apartment in 2000. Her big break came shortly thereafter, when Oprah chose Spanx as one of her favorite products.

Spanx is wholly owned by Blakely. The company does not release its financials, but recent reports estimate annual sales of around $400 million. In its 16-year history, the company’s inventory has moved beyond hosiery to include bras, bodysuits, leggings, activewear, and even a line for men.

Blakely has signed The Giving Pledge, promising to donate half her wealth to philanthropic causes. She created the Sara Blakely Foundation in 2006 to “help women globally and locally through education and entrepreneurship.” And in 2010, she established the Leg Up program to give women entrepreneurs one-on-one mentoring and provide their businesses a platform to scale.

indexMary Barra

CEO, General Motors

Mary Barra is the first woman to ascend to CEO at a major global automaker. The job caps a career spent at General Motors — a career that has seen the largest car company in the US endure a government bailout and subsequent bankruptcy, a return to its market-leading position, and a costly recall scandal that hit as soon as Barra became chief executive.

Barra’s highest priority as GM CEO has been to keep the 100-plus-year-old industrial giant from being blindsided by the technological disruption currently sweeping through the industry. To that end, she has presided of a substantial investment in ride-sharing service Lyft; the acquisition of Cruise Automotive, a self-driving car startup; and the creation of Maven, a separate division at GM exclusively focused on the mobility solutions of the future. According to Barra, GM under her leadership is seeking to disrupt itself.

Barra is also revamping GM’s infamously hidebound corporate culture, bringing levels of accountability to the automaker, pushing for steady profitability and growth over the chase for market share, and refusing to accept excuses for the failure to innovate. Working for her is a daily challenge, but if you talk to her executives, they’ll tell you that her energy and vision are highly motivating, and that she’s preparing GM to not just compete, but win for another century. That’s good news for American consumers, as well as the more than 215,000 GM employees.

ybimage3Jennifer Foyle

Global Brand President, Aerie

An offshoot of the teen retailer American Eagle, Aerie focuses on intimates and swimwear for teens and young women. But Aerie has one big difference that makes it stand out from competitors: It was the first major brand to ban Photoshop in ad campaigns and deviate from the prototypical model in favor of average women proudly displaying their curves and flaws. Though it launched in 2014, the #AerieReal campaign surged last year, boosting sales 21%.

Aerie’s president, Jennifer Foyle, attributes the 10-year-old brand’s success to its commitment to body positivity — and the results speak for themselves. Despite going against the norm of the fashion industry, especially within the lingerie niche, Aerie saw sales jump while other industry stalwarts suffered, and executives expect the growth to continue, potentially doubling the company’s size.

Aerie also took its dedication to body positivity a step further through a partnership with the National Eating Disorder Association, an organization Aerie model Iskra Lawrence is an ambassador for, earlier this year. Throughout NEDA’s National Eating Disorders Week, Aerie donated 100% of sales from a specific shirt to the organization.

indexKit Crawford

Cofounder, Clif Bar

Husband and wife team Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford launched Clif Bar in 1992 after Erickson, during a 175-mile bike ride, found the only prominent energy bar on the market was practically inedible. He wanted to create a bar that the fitness industry was desperately lacking — one that was wholesome and nutritious but also tasted good.

Immediately a hit with cyclists and hikers, Clif Bar and its wheelhouse of appealing energy bars in flavors like crunchy peanut butter and chocolate chip saw rapid growth throughout the 1990s. The company has since ballooned into a global brand that brings in an estimated $500 million in revenue annually.

But it still remains true to its roots. Above all, Clif Bar strives to place an emphasis on organic ingredients, sustainable farming practices, and healthy living. More recently, those strides have included earning LEED Platinum certification, the highest standard available, in 2012 for the company’s headquarters, which are outfitted with solar panels that generate a majority of its electricity. The company also has a “reduction, recycling, and composting” initiative that has trimmed their local landfill impact by 85%.

Erickson and Crawford encourage employees to live by these tenets of wellness and sustainability as well. Clif Bar will reimburse employees up to $6,500 for purchasing an eco-friendly vehicle and offers similar rewards for biking, walking, or using public transportation to get to work. The company also offers subsidized meals, an on-site gym, free fitness classes, and paid six-week sabbaticals every seven years.

imagesMelinda Gates

Cofounder and co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates made his name and fortune as the cofounder of Microsoft, where he served as CEO until 2000, helping him build a net worth of more than $90 billion. Gates now spends the majority of his time working alongside Melinda, his wife, on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the charitable organization the couple founded in 2000. It issues grants for initiatives and programs across the globe, with a focus on global health and education and alleviating poverty.

The largest charitable organization in the world with an endowment of about $40 billion, the foundation focuses heavily on curbing the devastation caused by HIV, malaria, and other infectious diseases. Its reach is already tangible: Since 2000, four countries have eradicated malaria with the foundation’s help. And in 2014, India became polio-free. The couple is also working on a plan to bring mobile banking to the 2 billion adults who don’t have a bank account.

Not only are Bill and Melinda Gates the wealthiest couple in the world, they’re also the most generous. They have pledged to give away more than 95% of their own fortune, and they have already donated more than $27 billion to to charitable causes.

Together with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the couple cofounded The Giving Pledge in 2010, a promise by wealthy individuals to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. The pledge has already attracted more than 150 affluent members, including Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, and Elon Musk.


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Watch “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Official Comic-Con Trailer (2017) – Charlie Hunnam Movie” on YouTube

Thank goodness the return of the king 👑  of gorgeousness – @charliehunnam 😋

Watch “The Alpha Tiny House Has It All” on YouTube

This is so beautiful and really practical for a tiny house.