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Interview With Leslie Blodgett Founder of Bare Escentuals 2008-10-13 13:00:11

Bella Interview: Leslie Blodgett, Part One

As promised last week, here's more of my interview with Leslie Blodgett, the founder of Bare Escentuals. In this installment, she imparts her wisdom about what she sees way too much of, how to update your makeup for Fall, and shares her best beauty advice.

What do people ask the most about on your tours?
Leslie Blodgett: The master class is mostly about eye looks. The smokey eye is the number one thing people are so intimidated by, how to make it smoke out without looking like too much. We just launched The Rocker Eye, it's a fun look, too. Even for day, you can do a soft-rock look. Go over the whole lid with a very dark shade. We like a little metallic in there. Then take the pointy part of the brush and go under the eye, as close to the lash line as possible. You could also do the light shade and the contour, but it's easier to just do the lid and blend it out under the eye.

What's the best beauty advice you've ever heard or given?

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Leslie Blodgett: Always take off your mascara. I know so much about lashes now — when they fall out, they take so long to grow back in. You really have to treat them with care. If you sleep and you roll around, they're going to crunch up and fall out. Don't wear waterproof mascara unless you're extremely greasy or you swim. Waterproof is not recommended.

What's the biggest mistake you see people make?
Leslie Blodgett: Too much blush. And I'm a huge fan of blush. I recommend you wear it, but put a little bit, sweep it once. Don't go back a couple times. Especially in bad lighting, it looks hideous. But another mistake is to not wear it at all.

What's the best way to update your makeup for the Fall?
Leslie Blodgett: Lavenders and plums and grey tones on the lids. We have a shade called Soft Black. Lipstick instead of lipgloss. We want more of an opaque mouth. Lots more mascara.

Check back later this week for more of my interview with Leslie!

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Miss-Info Miss-Info 8 years
I'm sorry but I have to beg to differ. Leslie's advice to only wear waterproof mascara if you're very greasy or swimming goes completely against my experience. If anything, waterproof mascara is more of a mess when you have a greasy skin because the mascara spreads around the eye until you get a remover on the scene, lol. So don't even think about trying to go to the ladies room and wet a little tissue. You'll rub your delicate eye skin raw. If you have greasy skin...go for a mascara that seemingly coats the lashes with a latex tube....i.e. Kevyn Aucoin's mascara or Clinique's Lash Power one. Just my 2 cents
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I would ask Why does your face rever upper smell like glue?
Bebeshopper Bebeshopper 8 years
I love to watch her when BE is on QVC. Her presentations are usually hilarious. I'd love to hang out with her. She seems so fun.
shhbabytee shhbabytee 8 years
I LOVE Bare Escentuals. She forgot to add one makeup tip-- Doesn't matter what season it is, the Bare Minerals foundation works year round. I love the Buxom lip glosses too. Too bad they're too sheer for fall.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Yes. Just... yes. Her point about blush is spot-on. I never used to wear it, because it made me look like a clown (white face, bright pink cheeks!) and my skin is already naturally pinkish. But with makeup, I'm just a pale face, and I look ill without a bit of color. Just a little tiny bit of blush is all that's needed, but it's taken me so long to get it just right...
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
BE and Leslie rock!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I love reading and hearing her interviews. She's fantastic.
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
I love the Rocker Eye set. It's awesome.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
She a doll and I love BE!
foxie foxie 8 years
I'm a fan.
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