HOLLYWOOD A LIST STARS’ MAKEUP ARTIST
Mary Greenwell, a London-based makeup artist is known as an expert on photogenic skin, fuller lips, natural browns, and more. With over 25 years of beauty experience, Mary always the first choice of every Hollywood A-list star whenever they want to be classically gorgeous on the red carpet. From Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Cindy Crawford, Cate Blanchett and even the Princess Diana, all choose Mary Greenwell. So, why they do that? “”Basically, what you want for the red carpet is for them to walk out feeling like they’ve never looked so good in their lives.” Mary explains: . “That’s my intention, and it happens with a kind of smoky eye, a gorgeous defined face, and a soft mouth.” Here are Mary’s valuable rules:
1. SWAP PRIMER FOR MOISTURIZER
Mary Greenwell claims that the skin will keep that glow much longer without the worry of looking oily. “I love Kevyn Aucoin and Giorgio Armani. Natura Bisse The Cure is like a moisturizer, but it also has a bit of cover so that’s great as well,” she says. She considers it as the first coat of foundation, and then use the foundation on it.
2. SKIP SETTING POWDER
Since powder is a key to control the oil on face, everyone uses powder (including loose powder and compact one) to set everything. However, Mary reveals that she usually skips this step. “Powder is a pretty dirty word these days. It has to be so fine and so sheer that it’s become like a word that you almost don’t want to use any longer.” In spite of skipping setting powder, she will always use contour and bronzer in a powder format so that the face is shimmered and shined. The Hourglass kit is highly recommended by the makeup artist to get a lovely highlight and shimmer and slightly bronzed effect to the cheek.
3. GLOW, DON’T BLUSH
“Blush has also become a bit of a dirty word, especially if you’re doing someone who’s pale,” she states. Instead of blush, Mary suggests to use highlight powders and tinted powders for the cheeks.
4. CONTOUR WITH POWDER
For nighttime, she recommends to use a powder contour because it sets the face a little bit more, and it will last much longer without slipping away all over the place. “It’s what I use on Rosie H.W for a red-carpet look. For me, powder with loads of shimmer in it will give that much stronger, better effect,” she explains. A powder contour is definitely enough for an amazing definition and amazing bronze-y gorgeousness.
5. SHIMMER AT NIGHT
Shimmer, shimmer, that the key to eyeshade because the shimmer works for everybody, especially in neutral tones. “When you start to use grays and blues and blacks, then you should move away from shimmer. When you’re using earth tones, then you can stay with the shimmer”, Mary states. A shimmer neutral eye look is surely classical and gorgeous for the red carpet.
6. LAYER MASCARA LIBERALLY
“As many coats as you want. Slap it on, babe.” She asserts that no one cares whether the eyelashes are perfectly separated or not. The matter is how great the mascara’s effect is.
7. NUDE LIPS LOOK THE FULLEST
According to Mary, the secret of a fuller lip look lays on the color lipstick you choose. Simply picking up a lip color that’s two tones darker than your normal lip tone will make your lips look bigger and fuller and more luscious. There are several choices for nude lip colors such as Laura Mercier whose a wonderful natural lip tone that’s quite brown. Then you can have any color lipstick on top of that to get out a little bit color.
8. OVER-FILLED EYEBROWS ARE OVER
Time for a full-filled shaped eyebrows has gone. Nowadays, people are crazy about a naturally beautiful brow shape. Luckily, Mary breaks down the secrets to those natural brows. “They’re always brushed and slightly defined, but not filled in too much.”
9. LEAVE THE WATERLINE BARE
“I don’t like dark pencils inside the eye because I think it closes up the eye for red carpet. I think in life it’s amazing, but I think for the red carpet you want your eyes to be sparkly and open and wide,” Mary shares. She explains: “The camera is going to catch you at all angles, so I don’t really like very dark eyes for the red carpet, especially dark inside.” Therefore, she prefers to use liner, but not liquid liner, something soft and “smudgeable”. It must be soft from every angle.
10. OIL IS YOUR FRIEND
A classical gorgeous makeup look is wonderful but a healthy skin is more important. You have to clean and keep it absolutely clear if you don’t want to get any ance or other troubles. Mary thinks every oily makeup remover will do it well. “I think good old Lancôme makeup remover is one of the best,” she suggests.