The internationally renowned New York-based makeup artist is the founder and CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. She has just launched a global charity initiative, The Pretty Powerful Campaign for Women & Girls as part of her support for the Dress for Success charity.
We hear that you love renovating your homes? My husband and I really enjoyed the entire process – from choosing the colours to choosing the furniture to the lighting. My husband has such a great eye (their Bay Head home, above and below, appeared in Livingetc).
Do you collect anything? My husband and I are avid collectors of old portraits. We find them along our travels and in antique stores.
What are you lusting after right now? Olatz Schnabel’s bed linens – they’re the softest most luxurious sheets. The West Village store offers a vast array of brightly bordered and embroidered sheets that are simple yet elegant. All the linens are handmade in Italy or hand-embroidered in Portugal exclusively for the store.
What’s your studio/work space like? I work two days a week from my studio in Montclair New Jersey, and two in my New York office, which is about an hour away from my house.
The Montclair studio serves as a think tank, a retail space and education centre for the brand. This space is open, bright – perfect for analysing colours – and really gets my creativity flowing. The overall effect is a fun, exploratory space that’s totally creative. And, most importantly it makes it possible for me to be close to my family.
Our SoHo office has a really laidback atmosphere that I absolutely love. I’ll have high heels in my bags if I need them for a shoot, but I like to come to work in jeans and sneakers. I like being comfortable. I like to sit on the floor with my team and work. I don’t like to sit in fancy chairs. It’s really important to the culture of my company that people understand who they’re working for.
What three make-up essentials should no women be without? I never leave the house without concealer, mascara and blush. Concealer is my ‘desert island’ cosmetic—I wouldn’t dream of living without it. When applied correctly, it instantly makes you appear awake and refreshed, no matter what’s going on in the outside world.
Blackest black mascara makes eyes pop.
Last but not least, blush is the epitome of instant pretty. A tip for finding the most natural look, go for a shade that looks like your cheeks after you’ve just exercised.
How would you describe your personal style? I like to feel pulled-together but comfortable. On the weekends I like to keep it simple and wear a pair of jeans with a crisp white button down shirt or comfy cashmere sweater. In the evening, I feel great in a little black dress and high heels.
Who’s your favourite fashion designer? Working with Katie and Jeanne Yang, who is also a top celebrity stylist, on their Holmes & Yang New York Spring 2013 Fashion Week Presentation was incredible (see below). I’m a big fan of the brand and love its simple, clean lines that enhance a woman’s shape.
As well as being a CEO and make artist, I’m pretty good at…..I love to cook, and my sons like to help me so it tends to become a family activity. I like to experiment and try new healthy recipes. If I wasn’t a makeup artist, I’d be a nutritional chef.
What interesting projects are you working on? We’re proud to announce the launch of the Pretty Powerful Campaign for Women & Girls, our first-ever global charitable initiative and natural evolution of the Pretty Powerful message. This worldwide movement is dedicated to empowering women and girls with education, resources, job skills and work experience. The sale of a limited-edition Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge (£18, see below) will raise funds in the UK for Dress for Success, an international non-profit organisation that promotes women’s economic independence through career development and job retention.
What are your guilty pleasures? A good tequila on the rocks.
How do you relax? On my days off I like to spend time with my family and friends. On the rare occasions when there’s no one else at home, I get in bed with a stack of magazines and the television remote.