Princess Diana's go-to low-key makeup look always accentuated her striking features and gave her a youthful glow. She typically sported only a swipe of blush on her high cheekbones, a soft pink lip, and blue eyeliner that perfectly matched her eyes. However, as she spent more time in the public eye, Lady Di retired her blue liner in favor of more neutral shades—and now her makeup artist is spilling the beans on why she decided to switch up Diana's look.
In an interview with Yahoo! Beauty, Mary Greenwell, who has also worked with Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham, and Jennifer Lawrence, said there was a very logical reason behind the eyeliner swap. "I think beiges and browns are just so much prettier. Simple as that," she said, but she added that she continued to accentuate Diana's beautiful eyes. "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," Greenwell said.
The MUA also revealed that Princess Diana, who she remembers being "charming, delightful, and friendly," often grabbed the reins from Greenwell and tried out new makeup looks on herself. "She loved makeup and loved experimenting. 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 said.
Despite her love of playing with makeup, though, the late princess fully understood the limitations of her position and what she could and couldn't wear in public. "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."
Last week, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Diana's untimely death, Greenwell shared a gorgeous black and white photo of her on Instagram. "I am so blessed to have spent so much time with this extraordinary lady who helped change the attitude to #HIV among other things. Her beauty and sincerity touched us all," she captioned the picture.