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The 411: Bobbi Brown


Bobbi Brown’s highlight reel has many major moments: the launch of her revolutionary Bobbi Brown Essentials collection of lipsticks that “didn’t smell, wasn’t dry or greasy, and looked like lips, only better” (’91); her iconic yellow-toned foundation stick (’92); her skin-nourishing prep creams (’95); and a best-selling book, Bobbi Brown Beauty: The Ultimate Resource (’96). She’s also raised the profile of numerous causes during her tenure as the undisputed master of the no-makeup makeup look, including “Pretty Powerful,” the campaign in which she encouraged women to forgo foundation and cover-up of any kind to prove that bare skin is beautiful—wrinkles, freckles, and all. But despite her über-stardom, Brown hasn’t given up her first love: being behind-the-scenes—makeup brush in hand—which is where she’ll be this week (we’ll be eagerly watching her mastery unfold at Rachel Roy). Here, the New Jersey native tells what keeps her energy up between shows, her single favorite product, and how she unwinds in her SUV.

The All-Time Favorite Product: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

“It’s the secret of the universe for me, and the one product that when chosen and applied correctly, instantly lifts and brightens the face. It’s something I’ll never leave the house without—it makes you look as if you’ve had eight hours sleep when you’ve only had five in my case.”

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, $22,

The Under-the-Radar Obsession: Bobbi Brown Party Fragrance

“It was inspired by old Hollywood glamour. I have vivid memories of my mother finishing her look for a cocktail party with a few spritzes of her signature perfume—she always looked so glamorous.”

Bobbi Brown Party Fragrance, $60, available November 2011 at

The Country Escape: Canyon Ranch

“I’ve been going to Canyon Ranch for years. Every year my sister and I go for Mother’s Day to relax and rejuvenate. My favorite treatment is [any of] the massages. After I get one, I always look and feel better.”

Canyon Ranch, 165 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-4100,

The Hairstylist Healer: Eric Dominguez of Eric Salon

“Eric is my go-to stylist. Whether it’s needing a blow-out for press or just on days when I’m not looking my best, a visit always makes me feel better.”

Eric Salon, 343 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, (973) 746-3742.

The Fashion Week Fuel: KIND Plus Bars

“They’re delicious and a great meal on the go. They give me an extra boost of energy when I really need it. My favorite is the new Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein.”

KIND Plus Bars,

The Mind-Body Transformation: Spinning at 3Sixty Cycling Studio

“I have been taking Mark Cohen’s class for years, as exercise has always been an important part of my life. Spinning is the best release for me—it’s where I have some of my best ideas. It allows me to de-stress and focus. I loved it so much that I decided to open my own spinning studio with Mark—he’s always been such a motivation.”

3Sixty Cycling Studio, 4 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, N.J., (973) 746-3663,

The Shopping Distraction: My Inheritance

“It has amazing vintage jewelry, shoes, and clothes at reasonable prices. I’ve been shopping there forever. My favorite purchase was a vintage Louis Vuitton trunk I picked up years ago.”

My Inheritance, 202 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, N.J., (973) 233-1112,

The Beauty Stand-Bys: Keeping It Classic

“Bumble and Bumble Crème de Coco Shampoo and Conditioner are the best for moisturizing dry hair, Dr. Bronner peppermint pure castile soap smells amazing and is gentle on skin, and Essie nail polish has every shade to chose from and nothing lasts longer. I love Sugar Daddy for summer and Wicked for winter.”

Bumble and Bumble Crème de Coco Shampoo, $22, and Conditioner, $23,; Dr. Bronner Organic Shikakai Spearmint Peppermint Body Soap, $16.99,; Essie nail polish, $8,

The Pre-Show Lunch spot: Balthazar

“Since my offices are located in Soho, Balthazar is my go-to. Always alive with energy, it’s the place to go to people-watch and the food is amazing. For lunch, I love any of their salads—they’re always fresh and colorful. It’s a little bit of Paris in NYC.”

Balthazar, 80 Spring St., NYC, (212) 242-1274,

The Post-Show Grab-and-Go: The Pump Energy Food

“You’ll find me eating takeout from the Pump in the back of my Crestwood SUV. I love the peanut butter and chocolate energy shake made with whey protein or the grass-fed spicy bison burger. It keeps me going when running from show to show.”

The Pump Energy Food, various locations,

Photo: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

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