Makeup artist Stéphane Marais talks Rihanna

i-D: His incredible career cannot be condensed into one paragraph, but here are just a few of make-up maverick Stéphane Marais’ achievements to date; a 34-year-collaboration with Peter Lindbergh; a 15-year-collaboration with Comme des Garçons and even longer with Jean Paul Gaultier; hundreds of magazine covers including 12 for i-D’s The Best of British Issue in 2009; and campaigns for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Dior. Fresh from beautifying Rihanna for her Dior campaign, Secret Garden, filmed by Steven Klein in Versailles, and just before he jets off to Cuba with RiRi and Annie Leibovitz, we got the French make-up superstar to spill his secrets to success. […]

What’s your proudest achievement to date?

“(…) My latest one was huge: Rihanna for Dior. The clue was to be adopted by her entourage. On the first day, the manager asked me to do her make-up while she was sleeping. I refused but then I decided I could try. And it worked. The manager understood that I was able to cope and everything went smoothly after that. On the second day, when chatting to Rihanna I discovered that she knew everything about me. I was impressed. She’s very professional on set although the ambiance is a bit rock’n’roll.”