Bobbi Brown is a beauty industry titan, world renowned makeup artist and best-selling author. She has recently launched EVOLUTION_18, a line of lifestyle-inspired, wellness and beauty, ingestible products. Here, Bobbi shares her knowledge and offers some tips for your wedding day beauty.
Skin is the canvas for beauty product. What is most important in maintaining good skin?
I know 100 percent that lifestyle is everything and if you’re someone that wears sunscreen, doesn’t smoke cigarettes, drinks a lot of water, eats healthy fruits and vegetables, your skin is going to be way better than if you are someone who does not take care of yourself from the inside out. You can’t stay up all night partying and expect to have good skin. There’s no cream on the market that is going to fake healthy skin.
If you could only use three beauty products, what would you use?
Everybody has a different list of three products, because everyone has different concerns or things they want to see. Of course, I always need a concealer and the older I get, I always need a mascara (and a lot of it because my lashes have faded) and my third is blush. I like to use a creamy blush with luminosity that I can also put on my lips. If I could add a fourth thing, it would be a brow pencil because I could line my eye and fill in my eyebrows. Honestly, I don’t need anything else.
In your opinion, what mistake are many women making when applying makeup?
I have to be honest: foundation. Full-face foundation? I don’t think anyone needs it. I think spot cover-up is fine, but I find that foundation can look like a mask on people.
What advice would you give to brides regarding their wedding-day look?
I have heard more than one horror story of brides hiring a makeup artist who only arrives in the morning and did not do a trial. It doesn’t matter if someone recommended them to you – everything is personal and individual so you can’t ever just have someone blindly do your makeup. Before you go into the trial, have an idea of what you want. And that could be bringing your favourite picture of yourself, tearing out pictures from bridal magazines, showing the artist what you want. You can say you want to ‘look natural’ but that can mean something different to different people. So show what you mean.
When you’re doing the trial, hold a mirror and look at everything the makeup artist does. Then take pictures in different lights, because brides don’t realize sometimes their wedding photos are at noon and the light is a certain way, but by nighttime, they will look washed up.
Do you have any personal tips to share with brides?
My biggest piece of advice for wedding makeup is do not go for a trend. Like contouring. Do not contour anymore! It’s a trend and hopefully it will be going away one day. I am not a fan. I am more of a fan of bringing light and luminosity to the face and highlighting all the good things, not trying to ‘fix’ things you may not like. You may not like the shape of your nose, but you know what? It’s your nose and I am sure it is just perfect.