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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,

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Five Days of Glitter: Part One


Glitter. The sparkly stuff is synonymous with over-the-top drama both good—dusted across lids, lips, and fingertips at an endless array of runway shows each season—and bad: a certain 2001 Mariah Carey movie. Save for the occasional necessary usage as part of Halloween costumes, I’ve steered clear of the shimmery flecks for years. Chalk it up to overuse in my pacifier-as-accessory stage circa 1994, but these days I tend to defy the stereotype that women are suckers for anything that sparkles. Or rather, I did, until I watched Gucci Westman’s holiday makeup tutorial. Now, I can’t wait to bring out my inner disco ball. To help you wade through the countless twinkling offerings currently on shelves, I give you day one of my glitter re-education.

The Glitter: Bobbi Brown Glitter Liquid Eyeliner.

The Application: Those of you who usually shudder at the thought of liquid eyeliner ( need not fear: This one is particularly easy to handle, just be sure to keep lids closed for about 15 seconds to let the product properly dry. With the silver variety I went the traditional route, swooping it across the lash line cat-eye-style; for added drama, you could use the silver as a top coat over a classic black liquid liner. With the gold, I took a cue from Sass & Bide’s Spring beauty look and drew a glittery line below my lower lashes before lining my top lids with a classic black, follow by plenty of mascara.

The Upside: This was the perfect product for easing back into the glitter groove. It gives you just enough sparkle to feel like you’re doing something special, but not so much that you resemble a wayward teenager. Also, it doesn’t budge, even when, say, you start rubbing your eyelids after a few too many Manhattans.

The Downside: Because it’s budge-resistant, removal is kind of annoying. The liner gets a bit sticky when you’re trying to get rid of it, until it almost peels off.

The Final Word: A fantastic example of glitter for grown-ups.

Photo: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown; Yannis Vlamos /