The Barnes & Noble Review
"Bobbi has made a major contribution to the beauty industry with her no-nonsense approach to color and her simple, pared-down collection of cosmetics. Her natural yet sophisticated approach to color and skin care steers clear of trends, instead offering women options to enhance their individual beauty." Leonard Lauder
As a leading makeup artist, Bobbi Brown has made a name for herself using subtle, neutral colors, and her cosmetic line, Bobbi Brown Essentials, is one of the hottest on the market. In Bobbi Brown Beauty, now available in paperback, Brown shows readers how to use makeup to create a natural, elegant look that will never go out of style.
Brown's beauty philosophy is simple: Create a beauty style that works for you and is expressive of you. Keep it simple, real, and approachable. With that aim in mind, her book helps you recognize your own distinctive features and provides easy-to-follow beauty advice in an unintimidating tone. Brown shows you how to transform any "flaws" into striking features, providing examples of celebrities and other women who have capitalized on unique aspects of their appearance.
Bobbi Brown Beauty addresses important beauty concerns, covering tools, makeup elements, and frequently asked questions, and offering three- and five-minute makeup sessions. Readers learn the essential techniques for any woman who wants to look and feel her personal best, such as how to do makeup fast, how to handle bad beauty days, how to get out of a makeup rut, how to make lipstick last, and how to wear foundation correctly.Detaileddescriptions of makeup elements clarify what to look for in products and how to apply them; questionnaires help to define existing attitudes toward makeup and personal care. Issues that have been ignored or glossed over in other books are also covered, in such chapters as "Bad Day Beauty," "Beauty for Asian, Latina, and African-American Women," "Travel Makeup and Skincare," "Beauty for Pregnant Women and New Mothers," "Interview Makeup," and "Bridal Beauty."
Encompassing all aspects of beauty, from exercise to eyebrow care, lip color to lashes, Bobbi Brown Beauty provides a realistic, honest approach to achieving your personal best.
Read an Excerpt
"Imperfect" Beauty: Taking a "Flaw" and Making It Your Most Striking Feature
I love a cleft in a woman's chin. I love really pale skin. I love deep-set eyes, extremely full lips, and strong, hooked noses. For me, it's not "Oh, how do I fix it?" Rather, it's claiming the features that make you who you are and making the most of them. Some call these qualities "flaws," but I find that they are the key to finding one's own beauty identity.
My definition of perfect beauty is that it be unique and completely individual. Unfortunately, my way of thinking is not yet universally accepted. No one ever told me as a child that my deep-set eyes were beautiful--but I now know that they are a striking element of my look. No one ever says that freckles are nice--but I think they are beautiful and should never be hidden.
It happens all the time: The very feature women complain to me about is precisely what I find most beautiful. And it's no wonder women don't like these features, since most of us have never heard them complimented. In a perfect world, mothers would remind their daughters each morning how beautiful their strong noses are, how lovely their deep-set brown eyes or pale skin, and how special their curly red hair or full lips. In a perfect world, we would grow up to accept ourselves for our special traits and to be genuinely content with our natural looks. We would possess an endless amount of self-confidence.
But too often this is not the case. Mothers, themselves feeling insecure about a particular feature, pass that feature on to their daughters along with a sense of shame or insufficiency about it. Boyfriends or husbands pick up on a woman's feelings ofinadequacy, sometimes making her feel even worse. It is an unhappy cycle.
I refuse to accept that the only perfect beauty is that of a Barbie doll or a supermodel. Instead, I find beauty in the flaws, those characteristics that don't fit society's narrow definition of beauty. Sadly, women who have these characteristics have been taught not to like them. The challenge is to reverse this way of thinking. Bobbi Brown Beauty. Copyright © by Bobbi Brown. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.