Design & Style, Business

Bobbi’s Beauty Philosophy

Bobbi Brown

Lesson time 06:32 min

Bobbi shares her beauty philosophy: Makeup should be quick and natural, and it should enhance who you are. She explains what her class will cover and why she’ll be demonstrating on models of different ages and with a range of skin tones.

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[THEME MUSIC] BOBBI BROWN: I fell in love with makeup when I was a kid. I used to sit and watch my mom put her makeup on in the bathroom. Her hair was this beautiful beehive, and she was very much into the look of the '60s, definitely part Jackie Kennedy, part Marilyn Monroe, part Twiggy. She looked so glamorous, so stunning. I never ever thought in a million years I could look as glamorous as her. When I was 15 years old and I told my mom I loved makeup, she said, my friend owns a makeup store, let's go. I said, great. So I came in, and she said, would you like a makeover? I said, I'd love a makeover. And I sat there, and I watched her do my makeup, and I never felt uglier in my life. She changed the color of my skin, because she said it was too yellow. She contoured my nose and said it was too big. She drew over my lips, said they were too small. And my eyes were too small, and she showed me how to paint in a lid. When I got done, I remember looking in the mirror. I don't remember crying, but I remember saying, oh my god, I look awful. I went home. I washed my face. I looked in the mirror. I said, I look much better. [MUSIC PLAYING] I think makeup is an individual way of making yourself feel better about how you look. Pretty good. You look gorg. - Thanks. - I don't believe in following the exact same rules on everyone. Everyone's different. What's beautiful to one isn't always beautiful to someone else, but I've always found beauty in interesting faces. I really do love helping people, and makeup is a really powerful tool. My beauty philosophy is really simple. Beauty is what you like to look at. It's what makes you feel good. And to me, beauty especially in a face, is someone that is nice, happy, and authentic. To me, being authentic makes people beautiful. And we are all different, and I think celebrating the differences is what's interesting, and I find all women beautiful. And I also believe that-- the right makeup, the right exercise-- anyone could be a better version of themselves. [MUSIC PLAYING] - Hey, what makes you so sure I went to prep school? - You look stupid and rich. - Actually, I'm smart and poor. - Uh-uh. I'm smart and poor. - What makes you so smart? - I wouldn't go for coffee with you. - Yeah well, I wouldn't ask you. - Well, that's what makes you stupid. BOBBI BROWN: When I was a teenager, I went to the movies and saw "Love Story," and saw Ali MacGraw, hair parted in the middle. I think I still do the same. And her makeup was, like, oh so natural. I don't even know if she was wearing it. But she had thick eyebrows. You couldn't really see the eye shadow. There might have been a little brown. I started just to realize I couldn't change who I was, and I just needed to find a way to feel good in my skin. And that's when I kind of looked at myself and said, oh, I could be pretty too. So I graduated high school. I went to college. I designed my o...

About the Instructor

Bobbi Brown’s philosophy is that makeup should be quick and natural, and it should enhance who you are. A beauty industry icon, Bobbi shares her expertise in step-by-step tutorials, using models with a range of skin tones. You’ll learn how to choose the right foundation, do a smoky eye and a statement lip, and take your look from day to night. But most of all, you’ll learn how to feel confident in your own skin.

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Bobbi Brown teaches you the tips, tricks, and techniques for applying simple, natural makeup that makes you feel beautiful in your own skin.

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