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Bonus: Bobbi’s Business Philosophy

Bobbi Brown

Lesson time 8:04 min

Bobbi discusses the business of beauty and offers advice for aspiring leaders. She shares lessons from her time in the boardroom, from building a team to giving a business time to grow.

Bobbi Brown
Teaches Makeup and Beauty
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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[MUSIC PLAYING] - When I first started being a makeup artist, there wasn't even a lot of women makeup artists. There were mostly men, and the beauty industry has traditionally been male dominated, especially the corporate boardrooms. Things are definitely changing. More and more women are getting a seat at the table. And with the new entrepreneurs, the new beauty entrepreneurs, all the new brands that are coming up, there are so many women. And for me, I'm really lucky because I had the experience of being in corporate America. I've had the experience of being freelance. I've had the experience of having a very big, giant network to help me do whatever I needed. And now I'm back again being an entrepreneur and being in charge again. And I'm really excited because things have changed, and it's an opportunity to do things different. I work with a lot of founders of brands. I have a lot of incredibly successful founders where we talk about everything from what it's like being a working mom to what it's like when you don't have enough money to grow your business. Everyone has different situations, so it's interesting to hear about them and to help. Some of the challenges I have had being a businesswoman is a combination of do I go to a business meeting, or do I go to a family event? Do I go to a business meeting, or do I take a job for a magazine that I want to do? So, yes, there's always choices. There's no sense regretting what is in the past. I made my choices. I think I only missed one of my kids' sing-a-longs all-- all of those years. And my advice to working moms. Be really nice to the principal. Get them on your calendar what days-- what days the back-to-school night is, the things that are really important, and try not to plan a trip around that time. So try to be a little bit in control of the things that are really important. I did that, and I'm really grateful I did. I remember when I literally had to choose between my family and something cool. I was doing-- this is a crazy true story. I was doing a cover at Cosmopolitan. And I-- my husband said, I'll come in with the baby when you're done. I said, great, meet me. We didn't have cell phones. Dressed Dylan in a striped blue shirt. My husband was wearing, I think, a Brooks Brothers stripe shirt. And he met me at Scavullo's studio. And Scavullo 10 minutes before said, hey, we're going out for dinner and drinks with Jean Paul Gaultier. Would you like to come? And I was like, oh, my god, yes. But my husband was coming in. I couldn't call him. He walked in the studio. Jean Paul Gaultier walked in the studio. And being a visual person-- my husband in a striped shirt with the baby in the striped shirt, Jean Paul Gaultier in his striped shirt. And I remember looking and saying, pick a door. I went with my husband and the baby. Yeah. [MUSIC PLAYING] Building a team is really important. And, honestly, what you have to look for, especially if you're just starting out, ...

Be your own best makeup artist

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.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I really loved Bobbi's approach. She's amazing, so glad I took this class, I really feel like I learned a lot even though I thought I had a pretty good handle on my makeup!

This course has changed my life for the better. Thank you Bobbi!

I loved all the tips and especially your philosophy around nude make-up. I wish you would have touched on lip color that bleeds on older women with fine lines around their mouth. I am sure you have a trick for that.

I am not into makeup,but I loved Bobbi Brown's classes!


A fellow student

Great! I was an athlete and never paid much attention to hair and makeup. Bobbi Brown's simple techniques will help me in my ActII, Real Estate. I'm feeling good about walking in the door and getting started. She says she sold her line, so it would be EXTRA HELPFUL to maybe suggest some products like the bronzer balm and who has extra soft black pencils. The youtube crews say scroll down for the list of products I used today, where to get them and approximately how much they cost. Thanks!

A fellow student

I absolutely loved this class and hated it when it was over. Jus the calming voice and Bobbi's positive philosophies made my day every day that I listened to it.

A fellow student

As a woman in her 50's, I wish there was a lesson about adapting makeup as you age.

A fellow student

Overall useful and entertaining. I wish there was a list of products and brushes. I saw many brands used. Looking forward to stores re-opening so I can try some new products and colors.


I can't wait to try techniques Bobbi taught us. I don't like putting a lot of makeup, so lessons about nude makeup, was perfect for me. Thank you for the great class!


Interesting class. What is in your makeup box. Trying to find the products.


I learned a lot and enjoyed it so much, that I was actually having fun and learning at the same time. Loved the masterclass! Thank you Bobbi!


I love bobbi brown, she is a genuine humble person. She sees good in people and flaws is beauty. We need more people like her in the world!

Evgenia S.

It was an amazing Class and this bonus lesson was also very inspirational ! Thanks Bobbi and all Team of Masterclass!


out of the entire lessons, the last lesson is the best one, other lessons, you can find on youtube for free. for makeup tips I think it's very basic, but for the business insight, I think it's very good advice! Go work in a company to find out how to grow your business in the future, build networks and you might figure out what you like or what you don't along the way. Thanks Bobbi!