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Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual Top Tips

Eight Great Tips From the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

As a long-time admirer of Bobbi Brown's no-nonsense approach to makeup, I knew I was in for some serious beauty education when I opened the bright fuchsia-colored cover of her fifth book, the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual.

Chock full of tips, the book proves that Brown knows her stuff. You'll have to pick up a copy to truly get a sense of her style and approach to beauty, but in the meantime, I've put together a list of my top eight favorites below:

  1. ACE it — Don't forget your antioxidant vitamins: A for aging, C for clarity, and E for environmental protection.
  2. Go lighter — When it comes to under-eye concealers, go one to two shades lighter than your foundation. If your under eye circles are rather dark, use a corrector before. Depending on your skin tone, pick a pale pink for the fairest skin to dark peach for the deepest toned skin.
  3. Set and forget — Set your concealer with powder (yellow toned for most, white for very fair) to actually prevent under-eye caking.

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  1. Bye-bye blemish — Don't use your under-eye concealer to cover pimples. Dab on an oil-free cover stick in the same color as your foundation instead.
  2. Pop of blush — We all know to choose a blush shade that's the natural color of your flushed skin. so, if you find that your blush is fading too fast, perk it up by applying a bright pop of color over it.
  3. Choose your color — The best lip color will be about a shade deeper than your natural lip tone. You'll know it when you see it because your face will look brighter.
  4. Out of line — If you have dark under-eye circles, don't line them. Just conceal up to the lash line and apply mascara
  5. Black eye — Layer black liner on top of your everyday liner for a sexier look.
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fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
I love Bobbi's approach to makeup. She is a genius.
swati05 swati05 8 years
good advises
mletrav mletrav 8 years
I love her makeup for the basic stuff, and I think her books are great... I don't need some other book to tell me how to be creative - that's some kind of oxymoron situation right there. BB's stuff is great for showing me how to cover the basics so I can forget my "flaws" and focus on the fun! I'm a fan.
rellicDragon rellicDragon 8 years
too basic for me ... makeup should be fun ... n lip shades should be bright
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Boots has an amazing under eye concealer! I also love the whole ACE it play. Ha.
Miss-Tat Miss-Tat 8 years
lol I agree with Jello Wanabe... I for one don't like to stick to so many rules in makeup. bobbi is good and her products are equally good, but it's just not for me. Makeup is supposed to be fun, creative, a form of expression. I rather dislike these cookie-cutter manuals she puts out every single time. Give me some Aucoin any day of the week!
tamint tamint 8 years
me too ally, even the lightest shades of concealers still dont look right on me b/c im sooo pale. . and ive had deep dark circles under my eyes since i was in 2nd grade! anyone know of where to get really naturally pale pale pale concealers? i feel like ive tried everywhere!
Jello-Wanabe Jello-Wanabe 8 years
Please, as if the world needs another boring basic make up manual. When it come to BB I can't even bother...her looks are natural, natural and natural. It is actually an inside joke at BB counter, even people that work for that line think it's funny.
quietriott quietriott 8 years
i've used the bobbi brown undereye correctors for the past few years and they really do help.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i'd love to get a concealer that is two shaeds lighter than my foundations... my foundations is the lightest they do and it's still too dark... :(
Allytta Allytta 8 years
daily dose of vitamin A is too much for your bones, they become thinner and wicker. Has been prooven ;) So I concenrate on E and C.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I recently started using the BB Corrector and Concealer and I LOVE them! I have to say, they work the best of any product I have tried yet!
Jasmin14921509 Jasmin14921509 8 years
Thanks, Bella! I'll give it a whirl on my next shopping trip :)
CityStyleLife CityStyleLife 8 years
great tips! i'm with you Bella I don't understand under-eye correctors lol i'm so damaged when it comes to makeup
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Jpatel036, I have to admit that I am fairly new to the concept of under-eye correctors. I am actually planning on trying Bobbi Brown's:
Jasmin14921509 Jasmin14921509 8 years
Any recommendations on an undereye corrector?
emalove emalove 8 years
I added this book to my Xmas looks great!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I've been wanting to check out this book, Bella, thanks for this post!
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 8 years
Awesome! Thanks, Bella!
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