Make-up artist Mary Greenwell is something of an icon in the beauty world, having worked with some of the most famous people across the globe, including the late Diana, Princess of Wales and A-listers from Kate Moss to Jessica Chastain, Uma Thurman to Cate Blanchett. So, who better to ask about all things beauty?
From her make-up essentials to her insider tips, here are Mary’s beauty rules…
What do you always have in your make-up bag?
I’ve managed to whittle things down to just the bare essentials – I couldn’t be without a Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, £34, but when I need a little bit more, albeit still light, coverage I opt for a cushion foundation. I also swear by Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer, £27.50. My other essentials include a soft bronzer, mascara, lipstick and a four-quad eye palette, which can be used to create myriad looks.
It has to be Laura Mercier’s new Flawless Fluide Foundation, £35. It's amazing – full coverage but extremely lightweight.
What skincare products do you use?
As I’m constantly trying new products, I don’t tend to use any daily, so I reach for everything from natural and organic brands such as Tata Harper to full-on skincare products such as the Intraceuticals 3-Step programme. If I had to give one recommendation it would be to try Japanese skincare – it never fails to disappoint.
And for body?
To keep my skin hydrated I use a body lotion every day – but this can be anything from Nivea to Sisley (I love their Anti Cellulite Cream, £148).
What’s the secret to taking off make-up correctly?
I always recommend using an oil cleanser or make-up remover as the first step, followed by a regime that feeds your skin overnight. Also, I love using warm water to take off make-up before applying any skincare as it helps the product to sink in.
What’s worth splurging on?
You can’t beat Japanese skincare for innovation, and when it comes to make-up, ensure you have a few good brushes, and in particular a good blush brush.
And what beauty products can you afford to buy cheaply?
Powders are the easiest to get away with – blushers, bronzers and eye shadows don’t have to be expensive to be good.
Best beauty buy under £10?
Anything from Bourjois, it’s a wonderful, affordable brand.
Any hair product recommendations?
I love Iles Formula shampoo and conditioner, from £29, it’s not readily available (you can find it at the Harrods Urban Retreat) but it’s worth the search.
And your ultimate beauty buy?
This Works is an amazing brand, especially their Deep Sleep Breathe In Rollerball, £18. Combined with some sleep-inducing music on my iPad, this sends me straight to sleep.
What’s your top anti-ageing tip?
It sounds obvious but: get as much sleep as you can. It’s nothing new but it’s the best trick I’ve learnt over the years.
Any make-up tips for more mature complexions?
First and foremost, be sure you are looking after your skin with the best skincare you can afford. Secondly, remember the younger you are the more make-up you can wear, so make sure you're paring down your look and flattering your features.
Do you have any tips for contouring?
Keep things minimal. When contouring, make sure you are using a product with no red or brown undertones, instead opting for a grey colour. Rodial have some great products with taupe undertones.
Best tip for applying mascara?
Work the mascara deep into the roots of the lashes first and then up and out for the fullest flutter.
Finally, how can you get make-up to last all day?
Taking your time to apply your make-up first thing in the morning and using the right skincare for your skin type makes a world of difference when it comes to longevity. Take special care not to over-use foundation and where you need extra coverage use a product such as the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, £27.50, to conceal. When it comes to making lipstick last all day, you can’t. You will always need to re-apply to keep the colour looking fresh, so don’t be fooled by products that make 24-hour-wear claims. Just ensure you blot excess colour after re-applying.