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For Aspiring Makeup Artists

Bobbi Brown

Lesson time 11:27 min

Bobbi shares personal stories and lessons from her career as a makeup artist.

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] - And now, for you aspiring makeup artists, I'm going to share some of the lessons I've learned from working on sets and the runways of Fashion Week. As a makeup artist, you almost have to be a little bit of a shrink to make sure that everybody is happy. So every time I would go to work, I would have a meeting with the photographer, the stylist, anyone around, and the actress or the person and discuss what we're doing today because, if you understand what you're doing, then, at least, it'll be easier. You won't have to change and fix things. So when you are working with an actress on a press tour or on the red carpet, it's usually she is the one that you have to please. Sometimes there's a stylist you have to please. I've been on shoots where there's a mother you have to please. I've been on shoots where there's a boyfriend you have to please. So you have to kind of work together. And if you are a makeup artist starting out, my biggest advice to you is show a mirror to the model. Make sure that they are happy with the way they look. - Oh, it does look cool. - You're going to get a lot better pictures for your portfolio. She likes it. Yay! - - So make sure that it's a team effort. And if you're struggling with something, because we all have bad days when we're doing makeup, just ask someone to step in and help. I am not good with putting false eyelashes on. My assistants, for years, have been doing the false eyelashes. And that just makes me realize what I'm good at, what I'm not good at. [MUSIC PLAYING] I've been really lucky in my career. I have worked with some of the best photographers. And I seem to work with them for different periods of time. Henry Leutwyler is someone I work with constantly. What I've learned working with him is how perfect the right lighting, the right team is to an amazing photograph. I was lucky enough to work with Bruce Weber a lot who didn't like makeup. And so I would do makeup so it didn't look like the girl was wearing it. I think that's where I learned a lot. I worked with a big "Vogue" editor who liked very beige-y lips and a certain creaminess. And she taught me how to use foundation mixed with things, how to change things on the face. Working with Arthur Elgort for so many years was amazing because, first of all, he's someone that, while you're doing the makeup, he's already done the shot. So he's quick. He's fast. And what I learned from Arthur, he would come in and describe how he wanted the girl to look, depending on some movie, French movie, Italian movie, "La Dolce Vita" I didn't know what he was talking about half the time. So I really had to figure out what he meant. And that's why I tell young makeup artists now, be well read. Watch old movies. Go look at beautiful actresses from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. When someone says we want a Clara Bow something, who is Clara Bow? Like you have to know who it is. I work with a younger p...

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.

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, I will watch it over and over as is it so rich of savoir-faire! It provides me buildings blocks how to manage my own make-up for business, black-tie events and to customize it for my skin type. Thank you!!!!

Excellent class, well organized, notes are very complete and I loved the on screen summaries at the end of each lesson, checking what we had seen. It is really pedagogical and totally approachable. I don't wear makeup, but I will definitely try Bobbi's techniques when I have to do so. Loved it!

I have learned many different artistic tecniques. I have improved the knowledge of them.

Easy to follow and with helpful advice that has made the world of difference to my make up application. Great course.



Assess the situation, don't panic, take time if needed and communicate. Thanks I will be using all of these!

A fellow student

I loved listening to Bobbi about her experiences and giving advice based on years of experience. This advice applies to any field that one is exploring. Be respectful, try news things, ask questions, admit if you don't know something, work with others on the team, communicate, communicate, communicate. Essential in any relationship.

Birgit S.

I'm not at all an aspiring makeup artist but I loved this lesson. It's a take it anywhere lesson that is a great reminder for me and I can't wait to show to my kids. I really didn't know anything about Bobbi personally before this, and throughout the whole Masterclass, I've been saying, "Oh my gosh, she's the best Jewish Mom!" Finally she tells us she is! I just love how real she is throughout the Masterclass. So far, all of my Masterclass experiences have been of our teachers being so real. This authenticity is what sets MC apart.

Chelsy B.

Great lessons! You validated so much for me about keeping it simple, natural and doing what you like rather then following the trends. I really enjoyed how humble and down to earth you are. Thank you for celebrating the unique beauty of all women.

A fellow student

Found myself nodding my head and crying a little. Love you Bobbi. Make-up is fun, but powerful, irrelevant and so meaningful all at the same time. "If just for a moment we feel better..." I love it. Thank you!

Michelle D.

she didn't actually show us anything! she just talked.... who cares!! SHOW me something new, that's how we learn.....


Good on you Bobbi for helping women on welfare going back into the workforce, and for advocating for a compassionate approach. This was my favourite lesson so far.


I love the attitude of keeping calm. We have many occasions in life are totally out of our control, how to handle the very moment is the lifelong learning course. Thanks for sharing actual "backstage" stories. It is truely inspriring!

Julia D.

Wish more of the lessons were like this I really like hearing her actual stories and experiences along with tips for people who love doing makeup!

Todd S.

I would love to know what the brand of foundation pencils are being used for these tutorials