I came across this fabulous video of the original makeup artist to the supermodels, Mary Greenwell, which is an amazing insight into what the business used to be like (here she recounts the first time she made up Brooke Shields, which was her entree to the business).
You may not have heard of Mary but you undoubtedly know her work – responsible for some of British Vogue’s most iconic covers (working with the unbelievable British hairdresser, Sam McKnight) she did Linda, Christy, Kate and Naomi on a daily basis in the 80’s and 90’s, and also worked with the late Princess Diana. Now her work can be seen on red carpets and front covers constantly for the like of A-list clients such as Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman and Gwyneth Paltrow.
She speaks of a very different fashion industry to the one we know today, and she has just released her first perfume, Plum, which is supposed to be extraordinary. (I am sadly no longer a perfume wearer myself as my olfactory senses changed after the birth of my son and the only perfume I can now wear without feeling ill is L’eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake. Go figure). But perfume fan friends tell me it is absolutely gorgeous.)
Plum by Mary Greenwell is available at House of Fraser in the UK.