August 4th, 2017
Famed for high end skincare, Margo Marrone’s organic make-up follows the same principles underpin all the products from the Organic Pharmacy and the collection covers all the essentials with some clever little extras – Mineral Eye Shadow Shimmers and the Nude Sparkle Palette are our faves. Performance and ethical, popularity and pay-off – ever the product junkies, we jumped at the chance of a chat.
WP: Where did you train as a pharmacist?
MM: Kings College London
WP: Who were your early influences?
MM: Dr Bach, of the Bach Flower Essences, inspired me to study homeopathy and question the origin of disease.
WP: What are the things about your job that you love? Tell us about a typical day.
MM: I love that I don’t have a typical day. One day I am meeting customers, the next doing a workshop, the next developing a new product or doing a sales pitch. But my most favourite part is researching ingredients, formulating and developing products that really works and can change the way someone feels.
WP: With your background in pharmacy, what inspired you to create make-up?
MM: I wanted to create make-up that looked like skin and enhanced someone’s natural beauty. Make-up at the time 12 years ago was very heavy and geared at covering. I wanted make-up, especially foundation, that had added benefits to it, no toxins and looked like the skin close up. I added ingredients like vitamins, minerals and essential oils to enhance their activity – e.g. lavender and tea tree in concealer for spots and arnica in the eye concealer.
WP: You’re known for the high-quality ingredients in your skincare – how does this follow into your cosmetics?
MM: It was paramount for me that the make-up also had really high quality ingredients. Although it means that colours are not as bright, they look more flattering and softer.
WP: It’s notoriously difficult to create a range that stands up to the requirements of a pro make-up artist – how did you overcome this?
MM: This is true and we can never match the synthetic colour palette, but many pro make-up artists use our products on their clients with fantastic results. US pro artist and photographer, Tina Turnbow, called our mascara the best she has ever tried.
WP: As make-up and skincare work so holistically together, what advice would you give a makeup artist when choosing a new range?
MM: The skin is the canvas for the face. A good skincare routine and quality product will result in a flawless complexion and therefore make-up will look so much better. They go hand in hand.
WP: You’ve also added a brush collection – how did you go about creating these?
MM: I wanted to source a natural, cruelty-free range so I sourced goats’ hair that was shaved from the underbelly of the animal.
WP: Which pieces are you most proud of in the make-up collection, and which were your biggest challenges?
WP: Which make-up artists inspire you and who would you love to work with?
MM: I find Lisa Eldridge and Wendy Rowe both inspirational. I’d love to do a collaboration at some point.
WP: What’s next for the collection? How do you wish to develop it?
MM: Formulations have moved on so much, I’d really like to look at improving them all the time.