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Bobbi Brown On The Style Of Beauty

Bobbi Brown on Beauty

Launching her career with just 10 lipsticks in 1991, Bobbi Brown is known for her natural approach to make-up and has a long list of A-list fans. The world's leading make-up artist shares her thoughts on the industry, personal style and her all-important beauty tips...

What advice would you give someone trying to break into the industry?

My biggest advice to anyone who wants to make it, especially in this industry, is to come up with an idea that doesn’t exist - something new or something you could do better.

I didn’t invent make-up, I just reinvented it. So you’ve got to do something that is truly you, and don’t forget that it requires a lot of hard work. Nothing is easy.

You described yourself earlier as a "rule breaker", how has that been embraced in the industry?

I don’t know if I’m necessarily a rule breaker, I just make my own rules. Because I do believe in rules, but I don’t really like rules that have been sitting around. I like new rules.

Is there any celebrity or A-lister who you think epitomises your brand and what it is to be stylish?

Well there are two women that I think of right away when I think of simple style, and that would be Jennifer Aniston and Phoebe Philo. I think they both have such incredible, comfortable style and that’s what I inspire to be.

  • "They both have such incredible, comfortable style and that’s what I inspire to be."
  • Bobbi Brown on beauty
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  • Bobbi Brown on beauty
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In terms of your own personal style you’re always very pared back and very chic, what’s your go-to outfit?

My go-to outfit is jeans. I have probably 30 or 40 pairs of blue jeans in my closet, different shapes and styles and the same thing with sneakers, I have many sneakers. I wear a lot of dark on the top, whether its black or navy, and I really love different, interesting jewellery.

You became famous for your ‘no make-up’ make-up look, and it’s actually a lot more complicated than it seems. What’s the secret to the look?

For me the best make-up is when someone looks like they’re not wearing it, and it doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot on, it just means they are polished and flawless. The perfect nude face is not washed out, the perfect nude face uses natural colours - your skin is the natural colour you were born with and your blush is the colour of your cheeks when you exercise – it’s just fresh, healthy and outdoors-y.

How To Prep Skin

"Skin definitely optimises how healthy you are, so you always want to have your skin healthy from eating healthily and living a good life, but skincare is incredibly important. You have to make sure you use skincare to enhance your skin. If your skin is dry, you might need to mix two moisturisers together, and you need the right moisturiser so your foundation looks perfect."

If you could only carry three products with you, what would they be?

Number one is concealer, number two is pot rouge because you can use it on your cheeks and your lips, and my third would be a dark brown eyeshadow. You could do your brows; you could do a smudge shadow, or a liner, and even fill in your hair between touch-ups.

What’s your number one beauty tip?

My number one beauty tip is to exercise seriously. If you exercise, your skin looks better, you feel better and you need less make-up.