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How to Create Charlotte Tilbury’s The Vintage Vamp Look


Do you love a good vampy lip? Is your closet full of designer vintage duds instead of the latest runway trends? Are your beauty idols old Hollywood icons like Lauren Bacall and Louise Brooks? If so, we’ve got just the makeup look for you. The Vintage Vamp, a seriously seductive look from the mind of celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, evokes everything we love about retro glamour: think smoldering bedroom eyes, killer cheekbones, and a deep, wine-stained pout. Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to make this sultry siren’s intoxicating beauty all your own.


Start with Bright, Even Skin

Prep and Prime the Skin

Smouldering eyes and a dark pout may be her calling card, but the Vintage Vamp never goes anywhere without polished, blemish-free skin. Start by massaging Charlotte’s Magic Cream over clean skin to create a smooth, plumped-up base for makeup. Smooth a dab of light-diffusing Wonderglow over the skin with your fingers and blend well for what Charlotte calls “an instant spotlight effect.”

Even Out Tone with Foundation and Concealer

To minimize unevenness and blur imperfections, tap a few dabs of Light Wonder Foundation onto the center of the face and blend outwards with the Charlotte Tilbury Foundation Brush. Conceal any remaining discoloration with a small amount of The Retoucher, concentrating on the area around the eyes, base of the nose, and corners of the mouth. Pat lightly with your ring finger to blend.

Lock in Your Look 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 flawless, cashmere-soft finish all day.


Smolder with The Vintage Vamp Luxury Palette









Prime the Lid

Charlotte’s color-coded The Vintage Vamp Luxury Palette makes it incredibly simple to master this plum-toned smoky eye. Start by using a flat eye shadow brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 18, to pat the Luxury Palette’s Prime shade all over the eyelid.

Enhance the Crease

Blend the Enhance shade, a rich plum, into the crease with a fluffy, tapered eyeshadow brush. We used Wayne Goss Brush 03 for this step.

Define the Lashline

Using the Enhance shade again, blend into the upper and lower lashline with a small blending brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 04. This adds depth and definition to the eye.

Smoke It Out

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

Add a Pop of Light

Using your finger, pat the Pop shade, a gorgeous rose gold, in the center of the eyelid and blend out below the crease.

Line the Eyes and Add Mascara

Use Rock ‘N’ Kohl in Barbarella Brown to line the upper and lower lashline. 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

Define the 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 areas of the face where light hits: 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 Love is the Drug) and blend onto the apples of the cheeks. Lightly sweep the color towards your temples.

The Vintage Vamp Lip

For the Vintage Vamp’s signature vampy lip, line your lips with Lip Cheat in Bad Romance. Apply Hot Lips lipstick in Hel’s Bells, a deep magenta mulberry, with a lip brush in layers.

The Fiery Red Lip

If you prefer a bright, traffic-stopping lip, line your lips with Lip Cheat in Kiss ‘N’ Tell. Apply Hot Lips lipstick in Tell Laura, a bright geranium red, with a lip brush in layers.

That’s all it takes to capture the Vintage Vamp’s sexy, sensual allure. Pair this look with sleek, polished hair and antique jewels to go from boudoir to late-night soirée without missing a beat.

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