When you gather Marie Claire readers for an intimate evening with the incomparable Drew Barrymore – magic happens.

On Thursday evening, 300 lucky guests gathered in Sydney CBD for an intimate evening with one of the world’s most awe-inspiring women, to celebrate the launch of FLOWER Beauty in Australia. Barrymore’s beauty brand has taken seven years to reach Australia’s shores, but it was well worth the wait.

During this inspiring talk, Drew talked about being a true #girlboss, taking power back and being absolutely fearless : “Sometimes you need to feel scared and do it anyway,” Barrymore told the crowd of her decision to start FLOWER. “That’s life. I was terrified, but you just have to put one foot in front of the other.” 

No one knows this more than Barrymore, who as an entrepreneur, mother, award-winning actress, producer and author, also happens to love playing with makeup. So often we’re told that women are one thing or the other, that we can’t do this while also doing that. FLOWER knows that’s not true – and lets women be unapologetically who they are.

“A smile is the best make-up, I always say,” Barrymore told marie claire. “We started this ‘Warrior’ line at FLOWER Beauty because I got excited about make-up being this layer of armour that can help you fight the day. It’s a confidence booster and everyone deserves to feel good about how they look every day, but there’s still nothing better than the look of happiness on someone’s face.”