Collection we want: Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson

Collection we want: Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson

Photo perfect

Text: Renée Batchelor

The cult beauty brand digs deep into the photo archives of legendary English photographer Norman Parkinson for this inspired collaboration

Sometimes it pays to have friends in high places. Makeup artist and founder of her eponymous brand Charlotte Tilbury was referencing old Norman Parkinson images on her Instagram so often, that his grandson Jake (a close friend of Tilbury's) suggested a collaboration.

"I have always been fascinated and inspired by the incredible work of Norman Parkinson. He is a legendary fashion reference that, in the fashion world, we turn to again and again. As a makeup artist, I share a library of classic visual references with the photographers, creative directors and stylists that I work with on shoots and shows. Norman Parkinson's work is part of this heritage and is so often featured on the visual moodboards that I create for beauty concepts and behind the scenes."

Tilbury and Jake went through a gallery of 750,000 negatives and 3,000 original prints, and came up with the idea of creating a limited-edition line in homage to his grandfather's incredible body of work. "It is a dream come true to feature his images on this series of compacts and makeup bags. It is something that I never thought would be possible, to feature so many iconic images on my products. I'm so proud of how each piece looks — like covetable vintage compacts that you can proud to use in public. The makeup bags are like carrying around a mini piece of art in the clutch of your hands."

Most importantly, Tilbury hopes to share the legacy of Parkinson with a new generation. "With the collaboration of the archive, we knew that we would honour Parkinson in the best light possible. I'm incredibly proud to be honouring one of the fashion greats in this way, and bringing his work to life for a new millennial generation."

The makeup bags bear iconic images of one of Parkinson's most well-known muses, Jerry Hall. The Bathing Beauty bag (below) was shot in secret at the edge of the Black Sea for Vogue in 1975 and was styled by Grace Coddington.

The Bathing Beauty Bag

'On Call' Make Up Bag

Besides makeup sets, there are also individual makeup pieces available. There are two limited-edition lipsticks and three multi-purpose lip, cheek and skin products. The Lip & Cheek Glow features a gorgeous and previously never-before seen image of Parkinson's wife Wenda relaxing on Pigeon Point, Tobago. Her vintage swimming cap alone will make you hanker for the elegance of the past.

The Dreamy Glow Highlighter meanwhile has a striking portrait of model Carmen Dell'Orefice. Inspired by the iconic model's cut-glass cheekbones, Tilbury created the highlighter for the perfect peaches-and-cream complexion. We can't wait to get our hands on these beauties.

Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1975 RedMatte Revolution Lipstick in Miss Kensington

Colour of Youth Lip & Cheek Glow

Dreamy Glow Highlighter

Available at the Charlotte Tilbury website and on