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Mary Greenwell for Chanel

Interview With: Mary Greenwell

What are the beauty trends for Autumn/Winter?

In the summer you can get away with much less make-up, so no foundation, and you have more skin showing so it’s much more about the skin. Come winter, when you’re wearing gloves, a scarf and a hat, what becomes very important is your face. So you actually have to punch-up your make-up to work with the winter that we have in this country. I always go back to the tradition of using more in the winter. There’s nothing better than a red mouth, or a berry mouth - whatever suits you - but a mouth that’s very pronounced. It will bring your face into focus and away from the heaviness of your clothing.

"Come winter, when you’re wearing gloves, a scarf and a hat, what becomes very important is your face."

Do you see any emerging trends for Spring/Summer 2015?

As always, in the Summer collections, things are much lighter skin-wise and that’s been a trend for a while. What’s happening now is that products are just getting better and better. We have such incredible research and technology in make-up - Chanel being an absolute leader in this, the glow of our foundations is incredible. I think the Le Blanc line is amazing; the Les Beige is also wonderful, for the summer particularly. The Lumière Velvet and the Les Beige ranges are my favourite foundations. 

Do you think if you go for a strong lip, then you should pare down the eye?

No, not at all. If you look at make-up over the past five years, due to technology, it’s become really easy to do both without looking too made-up. Products are so good now; before, you wouldn’t want to over-do the eyes, the lips and the cheeks because it would make your skin look too matte and mask-like. But because of the quality of foundation, you can get away with doing anything you want now.

What do you think is the key to being successful in this industry?

Extremely hard work and loving what you do - having a passion – ‘hashtag, I love my job!’ 

How did you get into working in the make-up industry?

I was living in LA and starting working with a brand called Il Makiage. 

What are your make-up bag essentials?

I will always have a foundation, usually from the Les Beige line. And I would always have a Les Beige powder. I’d also have a cream eyeshadow, the Illusion D’Ombre, a bronzer and a blusher, although I don’t always use blusher as when you have a round face you don’t need it! I will always have the Sublime De Chanel mascara and a classic berry shade of Rouge Allure.

Do you find that by doing make-up for so many people, that you have completely honed your routine?

Absolutely, it’s down pat and I’m out the door. I never change it, it takes about ten minutes and I use my fingers for everything - I never use a brush.

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