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Why Charlotte Tilbury Is Not Joining the #NoMakeup Movement (Even at Home)

The #NoMakeup trend is currently catching Insta-fire among celebs due, in part, to Alicia Keys. Earlier this year, the singer penned a Lenny essay explaining her choice to abstain from makeup in order to regain her confidence. A series of barefaced selfies and stunning red carpet appearances solidified Keys’s decision and turned it into an official movement.

It may not come as a surprise, but we have many makeup enthusiasts here at the Allure HQ. We’re fans of the singer’s choice (and her au naturel skin-care routine), but that doesn’t mean everyone has to jump on the makeup-free bandwagon and ditch their favorite products. There’s nothing inherently wrong with using makeup or even loving it. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is someone who has declared her love for makeup, adding that she believes makeup is “empowering.” She even went as far as to call it a “secret weapon.”


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“I always wear makeup,” she told The Telegraph. “I’ve been wearing it since I was 13 years old, and it’s changed my life. When I started using mascara, overnight people from the age of seven to 70 years old reacted to me in a different way and I soon realized how powerful makeup can be.” She went on to say that nobody sees her without it—not even her husband, to whom she has been married for almost three years.

But Tilbury also argued that it’s more than just an aesthetic choice. “It’s every woman’s secret weapon,” she said. “Makeup is hugely empowering. It has the incredible power to transform and boost every woman’s confidence. Makeup isn’t a mask—it enhances the very best version of you! It’s not giving you something that isn’t naturally there, it’s just highlighting what you already have. If you look good, you feel good.”

Her points are beyond valid, and it just goes to show that what’s right for one woman may not be for another. At the end of the day, it comes down to intention: If you’re using makeup out of fear or insecurity, it can be hurtful to your self-esteem in the long-run (and who wants to think they have to look different to feel better?). On the other hand, a little grooming never hurt anyone, and expressing who you are through cosmetics is akin to choosing clothes or a hairstyle that suits you. As they say, different folks, different (contour) strokes.

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