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A celebration of beauty across the generations.
This positive-outlook guide for women reflects, as Bobbi says, "What happens to us as we make our way through life, and how we can continue making ourselves better." Bobbi shares her candid views of her own beauty odyssey, as well as her formidable makeup expertise, to help women feel good about themselves at every age. In the engaging, down-to-earth style that's pure Bobbi, she addresses the need-to-know issues we all face at one ...
A celebration of beauty across the generations.
This positive-outlook guide for women reflects, as Bobbi says, "What happens to us as we make our way through life, and how we can continue making ourselves better." Bobbi shares her candid views of her own beauty odyssey, as well as her formidable makeup expertise, to help women feel good about themselves at every age. In the engaging, down-to-earth style that's pure Bobbi, she addresses the need-to-know issues we all face at one time or another -- from how to deal with changes in skin to what adjustments in makeup application are really necessary (and appropriate) as we get older. Also included are the personal, heartfelt thoughts of women from all walks of life -- all ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities -- reflecting on what beauty means to them. Their words serve to underscore Bobbi's message that true beauty "comes from having confidence and feeling good about who you are."
|Bobbi's Own Evolution||1|
|1||Beauty Illusion vs. Beauty Reality||7|
|2||Beauty Odyssey: Two Sisters Share Their Photo Album||11|
|8||Your Seventies...and Beyond||45|
|9||Getting Better with Age: A One-Hundred-One-Year-Old Beauty||51|
|10||Celebrate! A Beauty Birthday Party||53|
|11||Antiaging Medicine: How Diet, Exercise, and Your Lifestyle Can Keep You Young||59|
|12||Beauty Getaway to Canyon Ranch||67|
|13||Caring for the Skin You're In||71|
|14||Your Toolbox: Brushes, Sponges, and More||85|
|15||Purge, Then Splurge: What to Keep, What to Toss, What to Buy||91|
|16||Creating the Perfect Canvas||97|
|17||All About Eyes||105|
|18||Just Add Color||111|
|19||Timing Is Everything||117|
|20||Beauty by Skin Tone||121|
|21||Beauty by Hair Color||139|
|22||Make Me Over||147|
|23||Making Up for Anything||153|
|24||Beauty Emergency: Quick Fixes for Bad Days||161|
|25||Lines, Lines, Lines: Learning to Love Them (or How to Lose Them)||167|
|26||Plastic Surgery: What You Need to Know||171|
|27||The Beauty of Having a Baby||177|
|28||Coping with Cancer...Beautifully||183|
|29||Beauty Book Group: Women Share Their Beauty Questions, Concerns, and Secrets||187|
|30||A Grooming Guide for the Man in Your Life||193|
|31||It Runs in the Family||199|
|32||Beauty Is a Lifelong Evolution||211|
This book is about our constant evolution and the changes that come with each passing year. It's about what happens as we make our way through life and how we can continue making ourselves better. Women -- whether they're models, actresses, CEOs, friends, moms, grandmothers, or aunts -- all crave the same thing: to look pretty and feel good. I know because I spend my life with women and listen to their complaints, their desires, and their dreams.
As I sit down to write this book, I am right in the middle of my forties. But sometimes I still feel like I'm not quite an adult. I still respect my elders. I still wear my long-sleeve sweaters so that they almost entirely cover my hands. (And I still hear my mother saying not to.) I still want my dad's approval. I still want to be liked. I still want to be five pounds lighter (and four inches taller!). But here I am, a "grownup." I am happily married, have three great kids, a home, and a successful business.
Sometimes I look in the mirror or at photographs of myself and say, "You look good, girl." And I sometimes look at photos or tapes of TV appearances and say, "Yikes!" But at forty-five, I honestly only feel thirty, and I am quite surprised when I look in the mirror and don't see myself at thirty. I'm not saying that I love the fine lines I see on my face or catching a glimpse of my profile (which I've never liked too much). I still think my chest is too big for my body, and I've never loved my arms. But the good news is that I've reached a point in my life where I feel like it's all okay. I am who I am. I'm comfortable with my style-classic silhouettes, simple jewelry, glowingmakeup. And most importantly, I am comfortable in my own skin. And that, I think, is my secret, as well as the secret of many happy people I know.
Of course, it took a couple of decades -- and many mistakes -- to get where I am today. Coming to New York in my twenties as a young makeup artist, I worked all day surrounded by models and mirrors. That was hard. No matter how good I thought I looked when I left the house in the morning, I'd get to the studio and feel like I didn't have it together. Every day I experimented with my clothes and hair and makeup, trying to figure out who I was and how I wanted to look. My turning point came at age thirty-two, when I was pregnant with my first child and feeling really lumpy. I was working at a bathing suit fashion show. I looked up and saw Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Cindy Crawford in bikinis. I said to myself, "Don't go there!" I made a decision that I couldn't for a second feel bad about myself because of the way they looked.
Over the years, I've learned to go with the flow. Whether I'm in an important business meeting, backstage at a fashion show, on TV, or even at an Oscar party, the trick is to take a deep breath, do your best, and just be yourself. I realized years ago that I couldn't compete in the looks department with models, actresses, or those near-perfect friends. But I can put all I've learned together to make myself feel and look better. And the purpose of this book is to share my tips and help all women begin to appreciate who they are.
My philosophy is that all women have the ability to be their best. That's why I chose to photograph so many women (mostly non-models) of all shapes, sizes, and ages for this book. Looking your best is a combination of acquiring knowledge (some great tricks and techniques), accepting the things you can't change, and having confidence in yourself. It's a matter of learning to enjoy your life and feeling good about who you are.
I want every woman who reads this book to put it down feeling better about herself. So much of what we see in the media makes us feel bad about ourselves -- because we don't have the perfect body, skin, hair, or whatever. Of course, there are plenty of things you can do to make yourself feel and look better (just read the rest of the book and you'll learn them all!), but first you need self-confidence. Beauty is the result of realizing what is special about you and not focusing on the things you don't like.
The good news: Looking your best is so simple and so achievable. It takes an open mind, some good advice, and a little work, but you can do it!
Posted October 15, 2002
Bobbi Brown writes simply and reassuringly about what is real beauty. That is, confidence, personal style and simplicity. I love her products and I love her books. She doesn't just focus on super model, young beauty. Her point is that all ages are beautiful and our imperfections just add to our own uniqueness. It is a lovely book and Bobbi Brown writes like a good friend. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.