Mary Greenwell is one of the world’s most sought-after make-up artists. Her influence over the fashion and beauty industries is undisputed. From creating new trends on the catwalk to winning…
Mary Greenwell is one of the world’s most sought-after make-up 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 in the industry.
Mary’s foray into make-up started by chance when she moved from England to Los Angeles, and worked for make-up brand Il Makiage, the legendary cosmetics line. Ilana Harkavi, the owner of Il Makiage and a widely respected make-up artist herself, soon noticed Mary’s talent and took her under her wing. Mary began assisting Ilana at the New York boutique and then accompanying her on photo shoots.
In the mid-'80s Mary moved to Paris where she began working with all of the most noted photographers of the time including Patrick Demarchelier, Paolo Roversi and Peter Lindbergh, dividing her time between New York, London and Paris. She also spent a lot of time in Japan whilst collaborating with Yohji Yamamoto.
Notable publications she works for include Vogue, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar. Mary has helped to create some of the most defining covers of the last thirty years, working with phenomenal faces including the ‘Supermodels’ Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Tatjana Patitz to name just a few.
A pivotal moment in Mary’s career was when she was introduced to Diana Princess of Wales. Mary helped to re-define her image and worked on some of her most iconic photo shoots.
Mary has continued to be the must-have make-up artist for celebrities and travels the world to make-up clients such as Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried, Uma Thurman, Lily Collins, Felicity Jones and Gemma Arterton.
She also works collaboratively with Armani, Estée Lauder, SK-II, Suqqu and Sensai, not to mention top make-up houses including Tom Ford, YSL, Aerin Lauder, Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier.
Mary recently announced her own line of fragrances, PLUM and LEMON, which have proved to be very successful in their own right. So much so, in fact, that Mary will soon add two new scents to the range (watch this space).
Mary’s input and taste is coveted by many a beauty editor worldwide, and she also consults for spectacles brand Silhouette, in addition to acting as a brand ambassador for Chanel.
Over the years, Mary has become involved with key charities including Breast Cancer Awareness and NSPCC and gives her services readily, offering up her talent on a one to one basis in auction.
Mary Greenwell continues to define the essence of a ‘Celebrity Make-up Artist’ and still inspires her peers and new generations in the profession with her approach and style.
Mary’s Masterclasses on Get The Gloss have become one of our most popular and aspirational features. Let Mary inspire you too here.
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