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Design & Style


Bobbi Brown

Lesson time 31:18 min

Demonstrating on models with different skin tones, Bobbi shows you techniques for applying your foundation.

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.


BOBBI: The reason we wear foundation is really simple. Foundation is used to even out your skin tone. And for those women that are lucky enough to really have an even skin tone, you don't need foundation everywhere. The other thing about foundation is, it has to be the right color for your skin. It has to be the right formula for your skin. And some women, if they have drier skin, will need the right moisturizer. Other women that have oilier skin will need a powder. It varies from woman to woman. What works on one day might not work the next day. So I suggest that women that wear foundation have a few different variations and know what to do to make the foundation look like you're not wearing foundation. Skin should look like skin. And by the way, the only way to know if the foundation is the right color is to apply it on the side of your face. If it disappears, it's the right color. The right foundation is like having the right undergarments. Your outfits won't look good if you don't have the right undergarments. Your makeup won't look good if you don't have the right foundation. The models that you see represent different skin color, different ages. There are so many variations, there is no way we could have gotten everybody. But I think that we chose the models so it'll be easy to relate to and understand different skin colors. The techniques work for everybody. The colors, it really depends what's right for you. I'm hoping to give you all the rules to adapt things to your face. You have to adapt, because skin changes, our age changes, and just day-to-day changes. I will be showing you with the foundation, not only how to pick the right formula, how to pick the right shade, but how to cover up the little pesky spots on your face. How to use anything from a pencil, to a cream, to a stick, to a liquid, to a tinted moisturizer. But also, really important, I'm going to show you how you can make yourself not look tired. Corrector, concealer under the eyes to brighten up, is honestly the secret that women need to know, because you just feel and look so much better. So knowing concealer, knowing corrector, knowing foundation, any woman could be their own makeup artist to make themselves look beautiful. Foundation 101-- everyone has to wear whatever works for their skin. Everyone has different textures, different color skin, and what works for your friend doesn't always work for you. The most important thing when you're choosing a foundation is texture. You have to make sure that the skin is smooth-- not dry, not oily. So we're starting with cream. An eye cream that's a little bit hydrating goes under the eyes. And the trick-- this much. You don't need a lot-- a little bit. But what this does is makes sure that the concealer doesn't get into the lines and just sits perfectly under the skin. If there's any extra cream left, put it on your lips. Because most people don't put moisturizer on their lips, they put lip...

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.


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

I’m used to spending a lot of time on makeup everyday. After watching Bobbi Brown’s Masterclass, my daily makeup routine has COMPLETELY changed!

Loved learning how to properly apply my makeup after years and years of doing it wrong.

was really informative about how to properly apply makeup as well as skin care products over all. The added work book also added product list which was a great help for me as I am just starting to get into wanting to take better care of myself and have the products that will help me get there

It helped me to understand the mistakes I've made while doing makeup, to understand colors y to be more analytical with the makeup and application techniques.


A fellow student

It's weird she calls the white model by name the whole time, but she only refers to the Black girl by name 1x and sometimes not even as a person ("see the skin").


I'm kind of confused: She claims that foundation/concealer, in other words this whole video, shouldn't take more than 60 second, but, even factoring out the time taken to explain everything, this took at least 5 minutes. I feel like it's because she's utilizing complexion sticks. Most of the video was helpful for me (esp. "concealer should be one shade lighter"), but I feel like complexion sticks (for the rest of the face) were tedious and time-consuming, if this is intended for everyday make-up. I wish she'd demonstrated other foundation types (I do see there is a "tinted moisturizer" lesson further on in the course).

A fellow student

It's not helpful to see how to apply makeup on someone who has literally perfect skin. How do we learn coverup of dark circles? What about pigmentation from having a baby? I'd rather we'd seen application on real people than models.

A fellow student

I've watched the first three classes but why is she only speaking to women?! Women aren't the only people that wear makeup! Seems ignorant and narrow-minded.

Vartika A.

Love her classes. She is super nice and makes you feel so good about yourself :) I had a question, is it necessary to use primer before foundation or just cream would be enough?


It was so enlightening to see the foundation, concealer, and powder being applied strategically depending on the skin. I will make changes in my own application. I also love the foundation brush and use it for other purposes besides foundation. It's okay to branch out and use what feels good and works for me. Thanks Bobbi.

Maxine D.

Loved this lesson. Thank you for paying equal time to women of color. Because our skin is usually not all one color I find it difficult to apply the right foundation. Now I see that I may need more than one or at least a cover stick. This is very helpful. Thank you Bobby.

Sonja H.

I really learned alot in this lesson, and I believe that I probably know more about makeup and its application than most. I have no data to back up that statement, but I'm sticking with it! I was able to get good tips that will enable me to change the way I "makeup", to make it simpler and allow me to look as though I'm not wearing make up at all, which is my ideal.

A fellow student

Some good information about matching color to your skin, but promotes some pretty unfriendly environmental habits, like disposable sponges and makeup wipes. There are better options out there today that don't break the bank and don't make your life harder or travelling harder.

A fellow student

I appreciate the natural makeup sentiment, but as someone who has acne and blemishes on her face, I would have liked to see more tips on concealing those. It wasn't as helpful to see makeup application on women with clear skin.