Princess Diana loved to play up her striking blue eyes with makeup and for the longest time was hardly ever seen without her signature blue eyeliner. But it soon gave way to a different set of hues, and now, her longtime makeup artist is revealing why.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Diana, Princess of Wales, attends a State Banquet at Parliament Building during her official visit to Hungary on May 8, 1990 in Budapest, Hungary.The princess wears a Catherine Walker strapless dress. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)

In a new interview with Yahoo, Mary Greenwell revealed why she convinced the princess to ditch the blue eyeliner, saying, “I think beiges and browns are just so much prettier. Simple as that.”

While the princess took more risks with her fashion choices, Diana stayed within her own comfort zone when it came to her beauty look. “She felt no need to be showy, so she kept her makeup subtle and appropriate for the occasion,” Greenwell explains. “She loved to exaggerate her gorgeous eyes and wear loads of mascara.”

Of course, her royal position is part of the reason why the Princes William and Harry’s mother wasn’t able to go crazy with her makeup. Greenwell says, “She was someone who was in the public eye presenting herself all the time to the public. 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.”

The late princess and pro approached those subtle differences in products and shades with a purpose in mind. “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,” Greenwell says. “It was just much more about really getting her to look absolutely beautiful all the time.”

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