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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.

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] 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...

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 learned a lot of valuable tips about makeup application. I appreciate Bobbi's natural approach and enhancing a woman's beauty rather than trying to make her fit a mold or look "different"

I love Bobbi's approach to makeup --that it should be natural and only used to enhance the beauty that is already there. Her techniques are incredibly helpful and I'm looking forward to applying them into my office-makeup routine.

This class thought me to better understand how to chose and apply the right make up for myself and that it's ok not to wear foundation!

Bobbi was so comprehensive in this, covering a lot of ground. Appreciated hearing, at the end, of her business/life balancing act. She's a giver and it came jumping off the screen. Wishing her continued success.


A fellow student

I don't like how foundation feels on my skin, so I usually use something like bare minerals powder foundation. Do you have any tips on using something like this with concealer? do I still use a make up sponge to blend after applying? what about a setting power on top? any suggestions would be great.

Shereen F.

Help please: If nude make up is same as the color of my skin, then what's the point of doing nude make up?

A fellow student

i love her she is awesome. i wish she can do my makeup she resembles me in a younger model

A fellow student

Glad to know I am not the only person looking for the perfect red. Now I'll look for something to go better with my own life color. I have known about undertones, but it's interesting to incorporate information about women of different ethnicity.

Lola Y.

LESS IS MORE. I love the natural look and not correcting is my key to natural beauty. Bobbi is an amazing makeup artist!

caroline O.

One of the best classes in here. Useful tips and down to earth even for beginners. I love this Class.

Trace M.

The lipstick advice on matching the natural colors of the lip, and playing with texture as well as hue, and undertone, is wonderful in itself. This is some of the most useful instruction I've received in any MasterClass yet.

Giorgia D.

I didn't know much about Bobbi Brown and I was sincerely impressed! I am a make up artist and I used to use lots of make up, especially when I started, just cause I was too excited about colours, different techniques, theatrical makeup, but things changed. I definitely like something more natural now.

Amy S.

This is the best advice I could get. I never knew what color I should use. My skin color in all areas is the perfect answer. Love it.

Lydia P.

I enjoyed this lesson but I'd have loved to have seen examples of different undertones. I've always struggled to figure out what my undertones are and I find it helpful to have something/someone to compare it to. I know there are videos later in the lessons with actual models and makeup application and I'm looking forward to applying what I'm learning when I watch those. Can't wait for more!