Charlotte Tilbury – arguably the most famous face painter on the planet right now – has long been a fan of iconic fashion photographer Norman Parkinson, using his images on moodboards backstage at shoots and when creating concepts for her cosmetic collections.

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Although Parkinson died in 1990, thanks to a friendship with his grandson, the make-up artist was given access to his archive of work, sifting through almost 800,000 negatives and original prints. Such inspiration has led to the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson collection, a capsule line-up of make-up bags, compacts and lip colours, many featuring his unmistakable images.

Case in point: the Bathing Beauty Bag, adorned with Jerry Hall diving into the Black Sea for Vogue in 1975. Or Wenda Parkinson – the photographer’s muse and third wife – by the Tobago shoreline in 1956, printed onto the lid of Colour of Youth, a lip and cheek tint in fresh pink. Given Parkinson’s talent for capturing colour and radiance in sunlight and enriching it with sophistication, each product fittingly imparts luminosity and elegance too.

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From the Filmstar Bronze & Glow tan and highlight compact to the 1975 Matte Revolution true red lipstick, this summer collaboration will surely up the glamour ante in those beach and poolside selfies for now – and prove to be goodies to treasure forever too.

The Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson collection is available to buy online here.