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A Tilbury Transformation with Selfridges Manchester

Beneath the designer concessions of Manchester's most premium department store, lies the hustle and bustle of the Selfridges Beauty Hall. A haven for any makeup lover, the beauty hall houses luxury brands such as Dior, Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, NARS, Illamasqua, Bobbi Brown and Clinique. On a busy Saturday afternoon you can expect to see make up artists working their magic and transforming bare faced beauties into any persona they choose.

Charlotte Tilbury offers the unique concept of 'Tilbury Transformations' where you can select from ten different make up looks and a member of team Tilbury can find your most beautiful look. I was invited to a one-to-one tutorial and makeover with lead makeup artist, Grace Sloan, at Charlotte Tilbury Manchester to discover more about the makeovers and products available.

Grace has been the lead make up artist at Charlotte Tilbury for a year, and a make up artist for the last six years. She wears a perfectly made up face of Tilbury products (as a personal preference) and can match your foundation to your skin tone from across the room. The appointment started by looking at the ten different looks to decide which transformation was for me. I was immediately drawn to THE DOLCE VITA, seductive lips, chiselled cheeks and a smouldering gaze - an ultra feminine look and utterly alluring.

My appointment with Grace allowed her to transform my face into The Dolce Vita but also worked as a tutorial so that I could recreate the look at home, with the Charlotte Tilbury products. We started with skincare and moisturising my face with the Magic Cream followed with the Wonder Glow. The Wonder Glow is a miracle for tired, dull and dehydrated skin which created a relaxed, dewy and effortless look and could have been worn on its own.

The next stage of the transformation was in my complexion where we opted for the Magic Foundation for a long lasting and flawless complexion which has full-coverage but feels completely weightless. The Retoucher Concealer was used to brighten up dull areas and the silky Fair Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder to set the look. I had a much needed lesson in contouring using the Filmstar Bronze and Glow and number three motions from my temple onto my cheek and to my jawline. This created the chiselled cheek effect of The Dolce Vita.

Next up was my favourite part of any makeover, the eyes. Grace demonstrated how to use the Brow Lift eyebrow pencil to add extra hairs where your eyebrows need filling in, rather than having an unnatural block brow. Grace then created the smouldering gaze using the Colour-coded Eyeshadow Palette, Rock'n'Kohl liquid eye pencil,  Feline Flick liquid eyeliner and the Full Fat Lashes mascara.

To complete The Dolce Vita look, Grace used the lip cheat, lipstick and lip lustre from the Dolce Vita look gift box. You can buy all of the looks available as a Tilbury transformation at Selfridges and you get everything you need to recreate your desired look all in a complimentary makeup bag.

I would recommend a trip to Charlotte Tilbury in Manchester to anyone who is looking to learn more about their products, application or transform yourself into one of the ten signature looks. I walked into Selfridges feeling like the beast and ended up leaving 45 minutes later feeling like a beauty. The ten signature looks vary from quite natural to dramatic, rock chick to uptown girl and golden goddess to vintage vamp. The products are magical and you can feel the difference between Charlotte Tilbury and other luxury beauty products. The foundation in particular offers full coverage and is still lightweight and the eyeshadows have good pigment and last throughout the day and the night.

The price of a full Tilbury transformation is £35 with a member of the Tilbury team or £55 with Grace and are fully redeemable against product purchase. The team also offer appointments for eyes or complexion only available upon request. To book in for your own makeover at Charlotte Tilbury, Selfridges Exchange Square, Manchester you can call on 0161 838 0600 or email

Full product list for my makeover


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