Monday, July 9, 2018

How to use Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Filter!

One of my most frequently asked questions is how I use Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Filter and while I've featured it in a couple of my one minute videos on Instagram, I thought a blog post might be a bit more helpful!

Full disclosure, I was given this bottle to test out and I'm so grateful because for me, this was a grower.  I wasn't sure how I felt about it initially and I think I'd have been raging to have not been instantly blown away with it the way everyone else seemed to have been.  I definitely used too much when I first started playing with it and ended up looking almost robotic, but as always, with Charlotte herself, less is more!


Coming in seven shades, this is shade 3 Light/Medium and can we have a second for the packaging.... The glass bottle and rose gold lid is fierce weighty and absolutely gorgeous.  It's pure luxury, but not very travel friendly, so you'd have to decant it if you wanted to bring it on holidays and not have to worry about the glass smashing.  Inside is a massive doe foot applicator that I totally forgot to photograph, but it's huge and makes quick work of dabbing it where you need it.

Described as a "customisable complexion booster for super starlit skin", it can be used in a few different ways, and my scaldy face and I are ready to show it to you in action!

Use it on its own or under foundation!


Used alone, it gives instant radiance to the skin and if you want to go foundation free for the day, but still want a bit of a glow, then you're sorted.  As you can see in the photos above, it doesn't add any coverage, so don't assume it replaces your foundation.  For the photos, I applied it all over my face, but as an oily skinned person, I'd usually leave my nose and chin alone and keep it to the dryer parts of my face like my cheeks.  It gives a wonderful sheen to the skin but leaves it slightly tacky, and my oily girls out there will feel me in that I spend 42% of my life trying to not feel sticky or tacky!


Use it mixed in with your foundation!


This is my favourite way of using it and love how it makes my skin look.  For the photos here, I mixed it with the matte Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation which made it look like my beloved Luminous Silk foundation!  It helps give my foundations a natural dewiness that makes it look like skin and doesn't affect the coverage levels either. And because it's not a runny product, it doesn't change the texture of the bases I've mixed it with.  You could either dab both products on your face the way I have or apply them to the back of your hand and mix them there.  Either way, healthy looking skin is minutes away!  The photo below cuts out the application part so you can see the before and after easily.  Obsessed!


Use over your foundation!


Again, having to keep my oily bits in mind, when I'm using it this way, I tend to keep it to my cheekbones, cupids bow, all non shiny areas really.  I pat it in with my finger or with a makeup sponge and I'm good to go.  Because it leaves an almost glossy finish on the skin, fans of a drier finish might like to apply a powder highlight over the top, but I love how it looks like a natural non sweaty sheen on my skin!  As a highlight, it's not a wow in your face finish, and I'll be honest, I'm too old to wear the blinding highlights that are all over Instagram these days!  This is more my type of sheen.  Natural, soft focused and gorgeous!

The Hollywood Flawless Filter is €40 in Brown Thomas or Arnotts or £30 on the Charlotte Tilbury website.  They're always going in and out of stock, so keep your eyes peeled!   Will you be trying it out?
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