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CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE DOLCE VITA PALETTE : MY PERFECT AUTUMN EYESHADOW PALETTE

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THE INSPIRATION

“ULTRA FEMININE AND UTTERLY ALLURING, THE DOLCE VITA PLAYS THE MUSE FOR VERY GOOD REASON. HER LOOK IS ALL ABOUT UNBRIDLED GLAMOUR: SEDUCTIVE LIPS, CHISELLED CHEEKS AND A SMOULDERING STARE.”


No one creates makeup quite like Charlotte Tilbury, celebrity makeup artist, whose body of work dates back 20 years. Having worked with amazing photographers, fashion houses and the likes of Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian West, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna, she’s one of my makeup idols whom I’ve followed for many years. And Let’s talk about one of my first palette from her, The Dolce Vita eyeshadow quad is an old time favourite of mine. A Summer or  Autumn in an eyeshadow, this beautiful collection inspired by Sophia Loren is the perfect choice for giving your smokey eye a twist. Smokey needn’t always mean blacks, greys and charcoals and this point is expertly driven home by the diversity of colours and textures in this eclectic quad. With four-coded shades to prime, enhance, smoke and pop, the combination of reds, bronzes and coppers acts as the ideal way to give your go-to look an innovation shake-up.



“The Dolce Vita: Killer curves, luxe perfume and a sultry smoky eye. You embrace your femininity to conquer the world.”

Charlotte’s experience in the makeup industry really shines through in the Lookbooks she created along with her cosmetics line. She’s designed 10 signature looks and compiled all the products she used for each look in individual sets you can purchase. She also included tutorials as to how you can create each look, taking the guess work out of how to make the most of her products. How amazing is that! What sets Charlotte Tilbury’s products apart is the knowledge and experience that went into creating them. My fellow makeup artists would know, when you’re living and breathing makeup products as a part of your career, you become one with them. You know the colours, textures, what works, what doesn’t on a very different level. This is why I’m particularly fond of makeup brands which have been created by makeup artists themselves. Charlotte Tilbury’s products are definitely no exception.
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So there are four colour-coded shades in this palette:
1- PRIME- a light champagne
2- ENHANCE- a burnt amber 
3- SMOKE- a rich golden brown
4- POP- a shimmery copper

The colour-coded eye shadow palette blends seamlessly into 3 looks, taking you from Desk to Dusk to Disco.

DESK (Day Look)
1.) Using Charlotte's Eye Blender Brush apply Prime to the entire eye-lid, with a backwards and forwards 'windscreen wiper' motion. Then using the Eye Smudger Brush apply the Prime shade to the inner corners of the eyes to open them up.
2.) Nestle the Enhance shade in the outer corner of the eye socket using the Eye Smudger Brush and blend. Then using the same brush, apply the Enhance shade along the upper and lower lashline.

DUSK (Evening Look)
Repeat steps 1 and 2 from the Desk look.
3.) Using the Eye Smudger Brush, blend the Smoke shade from the outer corner of the eye, upwards and into the socket. Then, using the same brush, apply the Smoke shade along the upper lashline and into the socket in a half-moon shape. Also run it along the lower lashline.

DISCO (Night Look)
Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 from above.
4.) With your ring finger, apply the Pop shade to the centre of your eyelid for amped up glamour and some sparkle. (Tip : To get the most from 'Pop' and stop it falling down your face and lasting all of five minutes, I recommend a sticky base like 'Darling Girl Glitter Glue or spray MAC's prep n prime fix on a brush and tap, tap, tap.)

DOLCE VITA LUXURY PALETTE £38
This palette is so versatile. It's a perfect summer and an autumnal palette too. It's my 3rd Dolce Vita quad, that's how much I love it. If you're investing on a new eyeshadow palette this Christmas or New Year, this is a good start!

Does 'La Dolce Vita' take your fancy? Have you bought any Charlotte Tilbury yet?

xoxo





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