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Behind the Scenes with Celebrity Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury

By DONNA FREYDKIN

Charlotte Tilbury is the Jennifer Lawrence of makeup artists.

She's the go-to. The must-have. The secret weapon deployed by some of Hollywood's biggest names, the pro who did Amal Clooney's makeup at her wedding, for starters. Plus she's charming, effusive and immensely chatty.

And this week, she was named the makeup artist of the year at the InStyle awards in LA. She got ready with her dates, models Alessandra Ambrosio, Olivia Culpo and Miranda Kerr.

"We were drinking champagne and putting lipstick on," says Tilbury, still giddy a day after the event. "My makeup wardrobe is designed for red carpets and celebrities and campaigns. All my girls came together and were there for me in such a wonderful way. They're so kind and supportive. I felt really loved yesterday."

The award was presented to her by Kim Kardashian, who had just blogged that she felt like a whale.

"Kim was amazing. She's so supportive. Eight months pregnant, she came out. She's a great girlfriend," says Tilbury.

Doing someone's face, says Tilbury, is akin to getting between the sheets with them.

"It is very intimate. You feel like you're a sister. We have a laugh and we have fun together. That's the best part of my job. I get to have these intimate situations. I don't think you get closer or more intimate than a lover. You get to know people incredibly well incredibly fast. I make people the most beautiful versions of themselves," she says.

We grilled her about a few of her most-famous clients.

Kim Kardashian: "She is a dream. She's so still. She's got such an easy, beautiful face to work on. Makeup goes on her like a dream. She's really patient and attentive. She has natural lashes -- they're totally natural. She's got symmetrical features. She has these amazing eyes. She's fun. We giggle. It's just a joy. It's quite cozy. It feels like having a chat with a girlfriend. She's bright and clever and very kind."

Sienna Miller: "Funny, naughty and very charismatic. She's very bright and quick. And she's got a great sense of style. In Cannes, we had all these looks. She's got a real opinion. Who should we channel? Let's do Audrey, let's do Marilyn Monroe. She has fun with it. She's got a great set of references."

Penelope Cruz: "We speak Spanish all the time together. She's got that Latin warmth. My Dolce Vita look is totally inspired by her. She's the modern-day Sophia Loren. All these women are mothers. They have wonderful children. She's very passionate, Penelope. She always says to me, 'You do the best eyes.' I love that. She's got the most beautiful children. They're heaven together, and her husband."

Amal Clooney: "Oh my god, that brain of that woman. She is such an impressive woman. Unbelievable sense of style. People always ask, who is her stylist? There is no stylist. She gets an outfit. She's quick. She is just so graceful and charming and really, I have to say, a very impressive person. The work that she does -- she's very altruistic in the way that she thinks and what she's doing for the world."

Miranda Ker, Charlotte Tilbury, Alessandra Ambrosio and Olivia Culpo. Getty.

Tilbury's collection is sold at Nordstrom.com. For discounts, check out RetailMeNot.

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) George Clooney and Amal Clooney leave at the end of 'Un Muro o Un Ponte' Seminary held by Pope Francis at the Paul VI Hall on May 29, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 29: George Clooney and Amal Clooney leave at the end of 'Un Muro o Un Ponte' Seminary held by Pope Francis at the Paul VI Hall on May 29, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 29: George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend 'Un Muro o Un Ponte' Seminary held by Pope Francis at the Paul VI Hall on May 29, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 29: George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend 'Un Muro o Un Ponte' Seminary held by Pope Francis at the Paul VI Hall on May 29, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 29: George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend 'Un Muro o Un Ponte' Seminary held by Pope Francis at the Paul VI Hall on May 29, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend the 'Money Monster' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Jodie Foster, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, and Amal Clooney attend the 'Money Monster' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: Lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney (L) and actor George Clooney attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Our Brand Is Crisis' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
IBIZA, SPAIN - AUGUST 23: Founder of Casamigos Tequila George Clooney (L) and Amal Clooney attend as Casamigos founders Rande Gerber, George Clooney and Mike Meldman host the official launch of Casamigos Tequila in Ibiza and Spain at Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel on August 23, 2015 in Ibiza, Spain. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)
US movie star George Clooney (R), accompanied by his wife Amal (L), arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo on May 24, 2015. Clooney is now here for the Japanese premiere of his new film 'Tomorrowland', a retro-futuristic spectacle mixing environmental themes with sci-fi wizardry. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 25: George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend the Tokyo premiere of 'Tomorrowland' at Roppongi Hills on May 25, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 09: Actor George Clooney (R) and wife/attorney Amal Clooney attend Disney's 'Tomorrowland' - Los Angeles Premiere at AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater on May 9, 2015 in Anaheim, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin leave the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 04, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JOCE/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Photo by: KGC-146/STAR MAX/IPx 4/7/15 Amal Alamuddin Clooney is seen in New York City. (NYC)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Amal Clooney and George Clooney are seen on May 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Amal Clooney, George Clooney get dinner at Caravaggio in Upper East Side on APRIL 28, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 18: Amal Clooney and George Clooney PDA on the set of Money Monster on APRIL 18, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Clooney are seen on the set of 'Money Monster' on April 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nancy Rivera/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Baria Alamuddin, Amal Clooney and Ramzi Alamuddin are seen in the East Village on May 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: George Clooney and Amal Clooney are seen March 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor George Clooney (L) and Amal Clooney attend the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 28: Actor George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin sighting at Hotel Cipriani September 28, 2014 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/GC Images)
George Clooney, left, and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrive in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, are expected to get married this weekend in Venice, one of the world’s most romantic settings. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
George Clooney is flanked by his wife Amal Alamuddin as they cruise the Grand Canal after leaving the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
US actor George Clooney and British lawyer Amal Alamuddin arrive on September 29, 2014 at the palazzo Ca Farsetti in Venice, for a civil ceremony to officialise their wedding. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE TEYSSOT (Photo credit should read PIERRE TEYSSOT/AFP/Getty Images)
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