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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Bobbi Brown


Beauty Nostalgia is a new, weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Bobbi Brown, makeup artist and founder of Bobbi Brown cosmetics.

The Product: “The first beauty product I ever fell in love with was a gel bronzing stick by Ultima II. I loved the way it felt on the skin. I loved it so much that when I started my own line I developed my own version of the stick. (It has since been discontinued but I vow to bring it back!) I discovered the [Ultima] stick because my mother used to apply it every day. I started wearing it on my face as a teenager. I had just come back from Florida where I was visiting my grandparents and I wanted my friends to see how tan I was. I’ve always loved a healthy, outdoorsy look, even back then. It reminds me of how I used to watch my mother apply her makeup for hours. I loved the ritual. I thought she was so glamorous with her pale eye shadow, pale lips, and bronzed cheeks. She was my idol and inspired my love of makeup. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the original product left…but that chubby bronzing stick will always remain the first cosmetic product I ever loved.”

Photo: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

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