The Top 5
Makeup Products Mary Greenwell Swears By
Makeup Products Mary Greenwell Swears By
Mary Greenwell needs little introduction: her glittering career has seen her work with everyone from Princess Diana to a whole generation of supermodels, and she counts Cate Blanchett and Jessica Chastain as regular clients. Today she's sharing the five makeup products she always has in her kit, including the lipstick that suits almost every single person.
The Light-As-Air Complexion Perfector: Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint

If you’re forever seeking products that will enhance, not hide, your skin’s natural beauty, Chanel’s Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint – which Mary cites as her personal go-to foundation – is sure to please.

“Everyone layers skincare now and this product is like the last layer,” she explains. “It’s a water tint that is SO light. I think there’s a big move away from heavy makeup and this for me is the most extraordinary foundation.”

“I rub it in like moisturiser and it completely evens out my skin tone and makes it look divine. Because it’s a water tint it dries: it doesn’t leave skin feeling oily or greasy. Instead it makes the skin look amazing without looking made up at all.” Sounds like a firm no-makeup makeup winner to us.

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The Concealer That Hides Everything: Armani Power Fabric Concealer

Mary is a big fan of this high coverage concealer that still reads as real skin. “It is unbelievable and it takes everything away,” she shares. “It’s incredibly fine and not drying at all and no matter your age it doesn’t settle into fine lines around the eyes.” Available in 20 shades, it provides a comfortable matte finish and can either be paired with a foundation or worn by itself for a natural yet groomed look.

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The Lenghtening and Smudge-Proof Mascara: Sensai 38° Mascara

This Japanese mascara has been a cult favourite since launching in 1997, thanks to its waterproof formulation that is also incredibly simple to remove. And it certainly gets Mary’s seal of approval: “(The mascara is) so-called because you take it off with warm water that’s over 38 degrees, which has the added bonus of meaning you are gently soaking your eyes every night, which is something opticians advise,” she explains. “I love it.”

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The Eyeshadows Palettes To Always Have To Hand: Guerlain and Surratt Palettes

Mary has no time for individual eyeshadows, swearing instead by palettes: “Singles annoy me: you always want another colour,” she laments. Her go-to palettes? “I love both Surratt and Guerlain makeup and I always have their eye palettes with me.” We’re currently lusting after Surratt’s Beyond Beige palette, a chic assortment of ultra versatile shades that can create both everyday and smokey looks – plus, the shades can be applied both wet and dry.

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The Lipstick That Works On Everyone: MAC Crème in Your Coffee Lipstick

A universally flattering makeup product is pretty much a beauty unicorn – that is, too good to be true. But Mary has concluded just that about MAC’s Crème in Your Coffee Lipstick, having had the benefit of trialling it on not just herself but on a myriad famous faces of different skin colours and tones. “I’ve been using it for years and it’s the most incredible dark nude to enhance your natural lip colour,” she says. “It’s my personal favourite but I also love using it on other people as it suits pretty much everyone.” We’ll be immediately adding that one to cart, thanks.

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