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Makeup ta-dah!

Rubbish at putting on slap? This makeup by numbers eye, cheek and face palette by Charlotte Tilbury will sort you out good and proper.

When it comes to makeup, I’m a classic case of all the gear and no idea. And no flippin’ time either, of course. So anything that demystifies and speeds up the art of slap application gets a big tick from me. Step forward Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Look In A Palette (£49) – it’s basically easy-peasy painting by numbers, so even an imbecile (*raises hand*) can rustle up a presentable, polished face in minutes.

There are three eye colours – I just use a quick swish of the palest one over my lid for daytime; a bronzer; two blushers (the paler one to swipe across the whole cheekbone, the brighter one for a pop of rosiness on the apple of your cheek) and a highlighter for a dash of sparkle.

It’s a lotta product for a decent price, the formulations are excellent (Tilbury’s entire range is brilliant quality), you don’t have to cart around a heavy make-up bag and the compact’s mirror is pleasingly big – Tilbury totally gets that modern busy women are often putting their face on while on the move.

And if even following the palette’s numbers is too much of a challenge, Tilbury’s online how-to videos provide great back-up, if you can get over calling you darling every two seconds.

Loads of other makeup artists have embraced the video tutorial too, it’s been a huge trend in the beauty industry of late. So in the interests of educating myself – and finally learning how to do non-wonky winged eyeliner – I’ve had a (well-powdered) nose around online to discover the major MUA players. Gather your makeup around you, grab a mirror, sit in front of your computer and learn from these mascara maestros…


Down-to-earth British sisters Sam and Nic Chapman are veterans of the how-to beauty vid. Their comprehensive YouTube channel covers everything from basic beauty to party looks to celebrity styles.

Lisa Potter-Dixon

Benefit’s head of makeup is the most upbeat person in the world, which makes her vids a joy to watch – and her enthusiasm is contagious. She’s especially good on eyebrows and lashes – accordingly Benefit mascaras and brow products are the best in the biz.

Lisa Eldridge

A celeb and fashion mag MUA, Lisa does everything from deciphering catwalk trends (yellow eyeshadow, anyone?) to summer event looks to transforming herself into Aladdin Sane-era Bowie. She often uses herself as the model, so you see what products looks like on a normal – albeit very pretty – person.

Wendy Rowe

Top fashion magazine MUA and Burberry beauty range honcho Wendy has a sleek, useful website. She’s not as big on vid tutorials as some of the others, but there’s loads of info, including step-by-step guides to recreating her looks for her celeb clients. Her speciality is glowy, gorgeous skin.

Feeling inspired? If you do follow a vid tutorial, send me a pic of your finished face!

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