Design & Style, Business

Color and Makeup

Bobbi Brown

Lesson time 8:38 min

Color is critical: It can make a statement and reveal your individuality. Bobbi discusses how color and style are key to self-expression and how undertones can help you find the right colors. She also clears up a misconception about nude makeup.

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Topics include: Understanding Undertones · Choosing the Right Colors · What Is Nude Makeup? · Accentuate Your Lips


[MUSIC PLAYING] BOBBI BROWN: Color in makeup is everything. It brings out your eyes. It makes a statement. It shows off your personal style. It just lets you be the best version of yourself. It's about finding what looks good on you, and it's about using color-- whether it's in makeup, your home, your clothes-- to just be more flattering and just work with your style. Even though I like things really simple, there's things that make a difference-- whether it's your earrings, whether it's your bracelet, a big watch you wear, your nail color, there's ways to do simple adaptations. And one moment I'll never forget, this absolutely stunning model came to visit me at work, Yasmin Le Bon. And she came into work and she was wearing a white Hanes t-shirt, a pair of jeans, no makeup on, but short red nails. I've been wearing 'em ever since. I just think it looks cool. It looks polished. It's together. So my normal bobby ponytail, no makeup, my nails are always done. [MUSIC PLAYING] I learned a lot about coloring, in makeup and in skin, from understanding undertones. When I was a makeup artist starting in the industry and I would buy foundations, I would put it on, and I couldn't blend it. So I would say, oh, should I blend it down into the neck? And I realized that doesn't make sense. I need to find a foundation that actually matches the skin. It didn't. I discovered that women and men, we have natural undertones-- yellow, orange, some have pink. Even within each ethnicity, there are a giant range. And many women, especially women who have dark skin, they have different needs than the fair women. The fairest women have a lot of pink, some women, and you've gotta counteract the pink. Yellow is not gonna work because it's gonna look yellow on the skin, so that's when they need a little bit more cooler tones. For many darker-skinned women, especially women that are mixed, you might need more than one foundation. Often, women have yellow undertones or orange undertones. Some really dark women are more red or blue. And if you have dark circles, there's different tones. For Indian women. An orangey tone is amazing. For women that are lighter-skinned, they need, almost, one that has no yellow in it, a little bit of pink. That makes a difference. For black women, sometimes you have to cut it with a little bit of a pinky tone, will cut the darkness under the eyes. For myself I go with a little bit of yellowy peach. That works in the dark corners under my eyes. So everything really varies depending on the color of your skin. [MUSIC PLAYING] The best time to really look at your skin and make sure that you are using exactly what's right is when you have no makeup on. You should have a makeup artist look at you without makeup on. You should look at your own skin without makeup on. And that way, you could almost assess what you need. I always like choosing colors for women that really mimic the natural things I see in their skin. I m...

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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