Illuminating Makeup Routine for Dull Skin

Revive the look of your complexion with Charlotte’s illuminating makeup tutorial featuring glow-boosting products that are perfect for dull skin.

Darlings, a busy schedule can leave your face looking tired and dull. Of course, a supercharged skincare routine will help to keep your skin looking radiant and refreshed, however, for those moments where you want an instant makeup pick-me-up, follow Charlotte’s illuminating makeup routine featuring her best products for dull skin.

Lily James Hollywood Flawless Filter model shot

How to Illuminate the Look of Dull Skin with Makeup

  1. Thick and luscious pearly-white moisturiser in an open glass jar with its gold-coloured lid placed behind it.

    Step 1: IMMEDIATE SKIN REVIVAL with Charlotte’s Magic Cream

    Charlotte never does makeup without her AWARD-WINNING Charlotte’s Magic Cream! This first, illuminating step is essential for flooding the skin with moisture and can transform the look of a dull face with its instant-turnaround effects. With Charlotte’s Magic Matrix of 8 SUPERCHARGED INGREDIENTS including hydrating hyaluronic acid and nourishing shea butter, Charlotte’s Magic Cream BOOSTS HYDRATION BY 226% IN JUST 1 HOUR* and gets dull-looking skin GLOWING in just 28 SECONDS, leaving your complexion looking ILLUMINATED and feeling RECHARGED and ready for makeup!

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  2. A closed, luminous primer in a light cool-toned-beige shade in a glass bottle with a gold-coloured lid.

    Step 2: PRIME & GLOW with Hollywood Flawless Filter

    To get the GLOWING complexion of a HOLLYWOOD STAR, apply Charlotte’s ICONIC glow booster, Hollywood Flawless Filter. Formulated to be smoothed effortlessly over the skin to create a radiant, buildable base with a superstar glow, this ILLUMINATING ELIXIR is perfect for BLURRING and BEAUTIFYING the look of a dull complexion to give it the perfected look of a social media filter. Darlings, not to glow prime is a BEAUTY CRIME!

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  3. An open foundation wand in gold packaging with a pump dispenser and a medium-brown-coloured body to show the shade of the foundation inside.

    Step 3: BEAUTIFY with Beautiful Skin Foundation & Concealer

    Give dull skin a healthy-looking glow with Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin complexion icons! Dreamt up to give EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE their best skin day, every day, Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin heroes are perfect for illuminating the look of dull skin with radiant, medium-buildable coverage and a healthy-looking finish. First, perfect with Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Foundation, then add coverage under the eyes and over blemishes with Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer.

    Tilbury Tip: To illuminate under the eyes, reach for a shade of Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer that’s one or two shades lighter than your skin tone for a beautiful, brightening effect.

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    Discover the answers to your concealer FAQs with Charlotte’s Concealer Guide

  4. Airbrush Brightening Flawless Finish brightening pressed powder in translucent shade for fair and medium skin tones

    Step 4: LIFT & BRIGHTEN with Airbrush Brightening Flawless Finish

    Create a brightening effect using Charlotte’s Airbrush Brightening Flawless Finish! Inspired by her AWARD-WINNING Airbrush Flawless Finish, this brightening powder is designed to illuminate the high points of the face such as under the eyes and on the tops of the cheekbones, capturing the light and acting as a beautifying spotlight. Sweep a soft veil of powder onto the face and create a brighter-looking complexion with an instant lift effect!

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  5. Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer is a glowy cream bronzer infused with hyaluronic acid

    Step 5: BRONZE & GLOW with Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer

    Capturing the SUN-KISSED GLOW of a day at the beach, Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer is the key to getting the BRONZED BOMBSHELL look with a SUNLIT GLOW! This cream bronzer is perfect for adding dimension to the face while creating a glowing finish that helps to lift and add warmth to the skin. Buff and blend the bronzer onto your face, focusing it everywhere that the sun would naturally hit – across the forehead, cheekbones and on the nose – and make dull-looking skin BRONZE and GLOW!

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  6. Pinkgasm is a bright, shimmering pink shade of Charlotte's liquid blush-highlighter Beauty Light Wands

    Step 6: BLUSH with Beauty Light Wands

    Charlotte’s shimmering Beauty Light Wands are BLUSH SENSATIONS! Perfect for giving the face and cheeks a flattering flush with a gorgeous glow, these liquid blush-highlighters illuminate the cheeks to give your complexion Charlotte’s WORLD-FAMOUS BLUSH and GLOW look! Beauty Light Wands are available in four fabulous blush shades; Pinkgasm for a pretty, pink blush look, Peachgasm for the perfect, peachy flush, and Pillow Talk or Pillow Talk Medium for a nude-pink glow in Charlotte’s most ICONIC shade!

    Tilbury Tip: If you love to BLUSH and GLOW, try layering your blush with Beauty Light Wands in Spotlight, an illuminating champagne, or Goldgasm, a gleaming yellow-gold – Charlotte’s perfect liquid highlighter shades!

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  7. Charlotte's Hollywood Glow Glide Face Architect Highlighter in Rose Gold Glow, a rose-gold pressed highlighter

    Step 7: SCULPT & ILLUMINATE with Hollywood Glow Glide Face Architect Highlighter

    The ultimate secret to illuminated-looking skin is NEW! Hollywood Glow Glide Face Architect Highlighters: Charlotte’s BEAUTY GLOW TRICKS OF THE STARS! Formulated to give EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE a red carpet-ready Hollywood glow, Charlotte’s Glow Glide highlighters are wonderful for illuminating the look of a dull face! Innovated with LIGHT-FLEX TECHNOLOGY and GLOW PEARL FILTER, these light-inspired highlighters help skin to look younger and more luminous, and when used following Charlotte’s 6 GLOW TRICKS, they can create a SCULPT and POP EFFECT that makes your cheekbones, eyes, nose, lips, brow and jawline GLOW!

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    Discover where to apply highlighter with Charlotte’s Glow Glide Guide

  8. Eyes to Mesmerise cream eyeshadow pot in glistening Rose Gold

    Step 8: LIGHT UP THE EYES with Eyes to Mesmerise

    Once your face and cheeks are GLOWING, illuminate the look of your eyes with Eyes to Mesmerise! Charlotte’s eyeshadow pots are seamless cream eyeshadows that add elegant shimmer to the lids with the swipe of a finger. The formula glides on effortlessly, brightening the look of the eyes with radiant pigments in a gorgeous array of eye-enhancing shades from soft pinks like classic Pillow Talk to suits-all nudes like the mesmerising Exagger-Eyes!

    Tilbury Tip: Put the finishing touches on your illuminating eye look using The Classic eyeliner pencil in Classic Brown to create a soft winged liner and Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! Mascara in Super Black to give your lashes a 24-hour vertical lift effect.

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  9. an opened, standard-sized, nude-pink lip gloss with a heart-shaped applicator with a rose gold lid next to it.

    Step 9: GLOSS and GLOW with Collagen Lip Bath

    Match your bright eyes, glowing cheeks and illuminated complexion with a gorgeous, glossy lip! With Lip Cheat lip liner pencil, softly trace the outside of your lips to define and enhance their natural shape. Then, finish your look with a coat of Charlotte’s plump-effect lip gloss, Collagen Lip Bath. Using the heart-shaped applicator, glide Charlotte’s shimmering gloss across the lips to give them a high-shine finish that looks GLOSSY and GLOWING! Available in 6 SPARKLING SHADES from romantically pink, globally loved Pillow Talk to crystal-clear Refresh Rose and lustrous, berry-red Walk of No Shame, choose your favourite shade and bathe your lips in gorgeous gloss!

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Darlings, Charlotte’s illuminating makeup routine is the perfect way to give dull-looking skin an INSTANT GLOW! Her magical makeup products for dull skin add lustre and give a lift effect to the face, lips and eyes, while also illuminating your features to look FRESH-FACED and FABULOUS!

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.

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