“She loved to exaggerate her gorgeous eyes and wear loads of mascara,” Mary Greenwell said.
Princess Diana has always been known for her personality, impeccable fashion as well as beauty. Her iconic look included flushed cheeks and striking blue eyeliner. Have you ever wondered why she stopped wearing blue eyeliner? Diana's makeup artist Mary Greenwell was the one who created that look for her. Known to have a popular clientele that included Naomi Campbell and Victoria Beckham, Greenwell was also the one who trained Charlotte Tilbury and Lisa Elridge. The makeup expert revealed, in an interview with Yahoo News, that she told Diana that blue eyeliner might not be the most ideal choice for someone who isn’t necessarily a celebrity, musician, or artist of sorts.
“She was someone who was in the public eye presenting herself all the time to the public," Greenwell said. "It isn’t particularly appropriate to go on changing your look every five seconds. She did change her makeup a bit. It’s just that it wasn’t changed dramatically. I think dramatic change is not really something for somebody who’s in the White House or in office or in a royal family, as it’s just not really appropriate.”
Since then, Princess Diana started opting for softer hues which became her signature aesthetic later. "I think beiges and browns are just so much prettier. Simple as that," Greenwell shared. "Even though the blue eyeliner was out, there was still a heavy play on the eyes when it came to the princess’s makeup. She felt no need to be showy, so she kept her makeup subtle and appropriate for the occasion. She loved to exaggerate her gorgeous eyes and wear loads of mascara,” she added.
A tribute to Princess Diana’s blue eyeliner obsession https://t.co/ptnMMdRPPj pic.twitter.com/UaTRmXrgI5— Vogue Runway (@VogueRunway) November 15, 2020
Greenwell shared that Princess Diana had amazing makeup artists for special appearances but she also personally liked makeup and would try out different looks. “She loved makeup and loved experimenting,” Greenwell said. “It wasn’t to the point of going from green eyeshadow to blue eyeshadow, but just experimenting with ways to bring her eyes out more. It was just much more about really getting her to look absolutely beautiful all the time,” she recalled.
Greenwell also spoke about how easy it was to be in her company, describing the princess as “charming, delightful, and friendly” and "always present."
Princess Diana’s blue eyeliner appreciation post 💙#PrincessDiana pic.twitter.com/6A1K4LnzqT— 𝐶𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ 🥀 (@caileighrose_) December 10, 2020
According to a new study on the "most influential style around the world," Princess Diana, despite her death in 1997, holds the 10th position. The study was conducted by fabric experts, Dalston Mill Fabrics, and stated that Diana has 41,800 average monthly searches made globally for her fashion.
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