There’s only one reason why 60 of the world’s leading supermodels would don a pair of angel wings and take to the runway: the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show. We spotted the likes of Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, and Stella Maxwell transform into glowing goddesses, complete with magnificent custom-designed outfits and an ethereal beauty look. And who better to create this beauty look than Charlotte Tilbury?
The legendary makeup artist is known for her glow-getting products and love of feminine, natural glamour, so it was a match made in heaven. Inspired by Gisele – the OG of all Victoria’s Secret Angels – and her “healthy, happy, naturally flawless beauty look”, Tilbury enhanced the natural beauty of the Angels with radiant, glowing makeup. “This look is all about enhancing the most beautiful, dreamy angel version of you. I designed the look to act like a glowing, angelic filter for the face and body, and to enhance what nature naturally blessed you with,” explained Tilbury.
“I also wanted the makeup to channel that Victoria’s Secret feeling. Victoria’s Secret is all about pure fun, joy, and abandon! It is a world of confidence, glamour, sexiness, power, and magic that we all sail off to for the night!”
Below, we have the inside scoop on all the products (and techniques) used backstage by Tilbury and her team.
“The skin is all about enhanced goddess skin, it’s natural and flawless at its best!”, described Tilbury. This meant a lot of prep went on backstage to create the perfect, healthy glow from which to build upon. First, she used her secret to supermodel skin: the ‘Instant Magic Dry Sheet Facial Mask’, which is infused with a powerful blend of vitamin B3, crocus bulb extract, peptides, oils, and butters. It penetrates deep into skin to provide nourishing nutrients where skin needs it most, all without the mess and hassle of a ‘wet’ mask.
Next, she applied her ‘Magic Cream’, which – as its name suggest – is pure product magic. Not only does it instantly plump and smooth skin, but it also floods it with moisture and hyaluronic acid for an instant radiance-enhancing boost. But, being Charlotte Tilbury, she didn’t just slather it on – she used her famous ‘Angel Wing Motion Magic Skin Massage’ technique. The models’ eyes, meanwhile, looked younger and more radiant with the help of ‘Magic Eye Rescue’,
The first step to achieving the perfect base is to prime, so – like Tilbury – use a light layer of the ‘Wonder Glow’ to load skin with hydrating hyaluronic acid and build up that Angel glow. Next, buff on the ‘Light Wonder Foundation’. Tilbury used one shade up on the models to create a warmer feel and sun-kissed effect. For any areas that need a little extra coverage – we’re looking at you, undereye bags – apply a touch of the ‘Magic Away Concealer’. Tilbury then applied a light layer of her ‘Hollywood Flawless Filter’ to add instant illumination; it gives a soft-focus finish to skin and puts Instagram filters to shame.
An Angel’s look isn’t complete without a killer contour, so Tilbury used the bronze shade from the ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette’ to sculpt features before using the glow section to add a celestial shine to the high panes of the face (cheekbones, down the nose, and on the Cupid’s bow). But, no, the glow still wasn’t complete. She went on to use the rose-gold ‘Hollywood Beauty Light Wand’ along the cheekbones to enhance shine and a combination of the ‘Beach Stick in Las Salinas’ and ‘Beach Stick in Ibiza’ to create a dewy, fresh finish. The base was complete with a dusting of the ‘Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder’ on the T-zone to blur away imperfections and set the base.
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To create her gorgeous golden eye look, Tilbury curled eyelashes with the ‘Life-Changing Lashes’ curler to give them definition before using an array of shadows to give eyes a high-shine gleam. First up was her sell-out ‘Exagger-Eyes Palette’, which she brought back especially for the show. Working to make eyes appear bigger and brighter, the ‘enhance’ shade was swept back and forth across the eyelids, while the ‘smoke’ shade was applied along the lash line to add definition. She then used her ‘Eyes to Mesmerise in Rose Gold’ underneath the lower lash line to make peepers really pop.
Nothing is more seductive or sexy than an elongating winged liner, and Tilbury created hers using a soft-to-medium brown eyebrow pencil entitled ‘The Classic in Sofia’ for a more feminine feel. For extra depth, she applied her ‘Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze’ pencil along the lash line before completing the look with a slick or two of the Victoria’s Secret ‘Major Lash’ mascara for flirty Angel lashes.
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For the ultimate supermodel smile, Tilbury started by reshaping lips with her iconic lip liner ‘Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk’, which mimics the natural shade of your lips and gives you the perfect pillowy pout. She then applied the Victoria’s Secret ‘Velvet Matte Cream Liquid Lip in Showstopper’, a luscious peach-nude matte that makes lips look fuller and wider. The only bad news? It’s not available in the Middle East yet, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. Tilbury then applied her ‘Collagen Lip Bath’ for a natural-looking veil of gloss.
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For the ultimate finishing touch, Tilbury applied her glossy ‘Supermodel Body’ down the center of the limbs to make skin look and feel firmer, more toned, and more supple while imparting a high-shine finish for the ultimate Angel gleam.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Supermodel Body’
If that wasn’t enough, Tilbury has just released a YouTube tutorial that makes it even easier to channel Angel vibes – and you can watch it right here.