Iles Formula Woman : Let’s introduce you this week to Mary Greenwell, one of the world’s most sought-after makeup artists. Her influence over the fashion and beauty industries is undisputed. From creating new trends on the catwalk to winning numerous beauty awards, Mary continues to be one of the best makeup specialists in the industry.
Editorially she’s worked with Vogue UK, Vogue USA and Vogue Italia alongside legendary editors Grace Coddington and Liz Tilberis on cover shoots featuring supermodels Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour and Cindy Crawford. Whilst her celebrity clients range from Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried and Uma Thurman to name a few.
A defining moment in Mary’s career was when Liz Tilberis introduced her to Diana, Princess of Wales. Mary helped to re-define her image and worked on some of the most iconic photo shoots with her. Mary now has continuing collaborations with Chanel, Estee Lauder, Sisley and SK11.
Not only has Mary done makeup for Princess Diana, Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford, but she’s trained some of the most successful artists in the industry including Lisa Eldridge and Charlotte Tillbury. We are proud to feature her today as our Iles Formula Woman.
Make Up Artist
IF : Relationship with your hair?
MG : Love !
IF : Best Hair Inspiration decade ?
MG : Every decade has inspired me.
IF : How did you hear about Iles Formula ?
MG : I was sitting at Claridge’s one day when Wendy approached me to say hello. We first worked together years and years ago and so it was great to reconnect.
IF : What is the most inspiring thing you’ve learned at your job ?
MG : Where do I begin … I think it’s that I love people, interacting with them and making them look their very best.
IF : Do you read direction for use ?
MG : Never ! (But of course it depends on the product.)
IF : Do you read the composition of a product ?
MG: No I don’t. I trust the products I use and that I am given.
IF : Your favorite Iles Formula product ?
MG : They are all great. The shampoo though is truly exceptional.
IF : Your favorite shower dance ?
MG : Lying horizontally as I’m a bath girl !
IF : What makes you the happiest ?
MG : Just being with those I love.
IF : If you were to share one beauty tip with us today, what would it be ?
MG : I would say that sleep is the one beauty tip that I would give everyone. I know it’s often quoted but it’s very true.
IF : Being a woman in 2016 ?
MG : I have to say, regardless of if you’re a woman or a man, I am anxious for the future. There’s a lot of global unrest and that worries me.
IF : Thank you very much Mary for your time.
And for you dear Iles Formula readers, here’s Makeup legend Mary Greenwell’s 8 minutes morning routine. Just remember her most important advice : “Practice makes perfect”.
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