Beauty Boss: How Charlotte Tilbury Built Her Makeup Empire

In our new series, Beauty Boss, we’re highlighting individuals who are owning the beauty space and turning it upside down in new, innovative ways. You’ll be able to get an exclusive look at their very personal journeys to success, as well as hear their advice to anyone wanting to follow in their footsteps. First up? Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury.

The last time we saw Charlotte Tilbury, she was hosting an event at Nordstrom in Los Angeles and the line of people waiting to meet her wrapped around the block—we’ve seen celebrities draw in smaller crowds. Which isn’t surprising, considering Tilbury is a celebrity in her own right—or perhaps the term “makeup royalty” is more fitting. With clients (and close friends) like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Sienna Miller, a hugely popular makeup and skincare line that just launched stateside, and legions of adoring fans who look to her for beauty guidance, Tilbury is the definition of someone who has turned her passion into a burgeoning, blossoming business.

We caught up with the beauty guru for our first-ever Beauty Boss series and asked her everything we wanted to know about her career path—from her first job, to how exactly she started her business, and all the lessons she learned along the way. Keep scrolling to learn Charlotte Tilbury’s secrets to success!