3/13/15

A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO MAKEUP ~ WITH BOBBI BROWN

So the much-awaited launch of Bobbi Brown is slotted for next week in India and thankfully I got a sneak peek on the spectacular experience that they're going to bring into our country! I was treated to a 2-hour private session with ridiculously talented Mr Eliano Bou Assi, Bobbi Browns Director of Artistry and every question, query and confusion I had about my makeup routine was strategically solved.
I like wrapping up my beauty routine in under 10mins and at the same time prefer to keep it light, fresh and not over the top - and this is precisely what I decided to base my lesson with Eliano on. But I'm not keeping these priceless beauty formulas a secret, infact, I'm sharing it with you today! So, if you, like me, are not sure whether your foundation should go first or your concealer, go ahead and read this post.


Step 1 - Absolutely Essential
Use moisturiser and eye cream followed by primer to set your face for a healthy glow. This combination will prepare your skin, keep it healthy and make the rest of your products stay firm for long hours. Exfoliate your lips and rub on some lip balm to have them lipstick-ready.
*I usually skip the eye cream - but the times I've tried it, its made a huge difference to my entire look, so I'd say make it a habit if you can!

Step 2 - Corrector & Concealer
I've been told by Eliano to repeat this mantra almost daily - 'Concealer is your best friend'. A major mistake I was making before my session was using Concealor without Corrector (I've got dark circle issues). I was recommended a pink/peach-ish corrector followed by a concealer one shade lighter than my skin.
*Instead of swiping on your corrector & concealer to blend it, lightly press it onto your under eyes. Don't miss the inside of your eyes as this section tends to be left out

Step 3 - It's All About That Base
You probably won't believe me but I have NO foundation on in these photographs (Even the After one)! As essential as foundation is - use it only if you need it, not because everyone around you is using it. I was recommended to skip the foundation except for social functions and big events and instead opt for Bobbi Browns BB Cream and I loved the aftermath.
However, if you are using foundation - start from the areas that show discolouration and redness and move in the downward direction with your brush/fingers.
*Skip applying foundation on your under-eye and eyelids 

Step 4 - One Stroke Does It
Set your base (concealer + foundation) with soft strokes of face powder. For a warm look, swipe on bronzer onto key highlighting areas such as forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.
*Instead of applying the powder all over your face, only lightly press it over the areas that need attention to avoid looking cakey

Step 5 - Paint Those Cheeks
Smile wide and roll on some blush on the apple of your cheeks - at the exact spot that you would flush at if you had just walked out of the gym. From there on, move upwards towards your hairline.
*Everyone seems to have their own unique way of applying blush, which always left me confused as to what the right way was. Until, ofcourse, I did it the Bobbi Brown way. Once I saw the difference the application made to my cheeks, I knew I was doing it wrong earlier.

Step 6 - Pout It Out 
Once you make sure your lip color matches your blush, start from your cupids bow and work outwards. Applying lip liner after your lipstick will impact-fully define your lips. I prefer using brown-ish and earthy tones for my skin color instead of the usual bright tints. 
*I used the Bobbi Brown Art Stick in and you guys have got to try it - it has a moisturising effect, stays for hours and works as a lip liner too.

Step 7 - Get Your Brow Game On
Use an Eyebrow Brush or Eye Definer Brush to apply eye shadow (a shade closest to your hair color) through your brows with light strokes, starting from the inner corner and working towards the outer. This step is vital for all you Selfie addicts. Okay, basically everyone.
*Gently swipe on a 1-cm line on the lower corner of your inner eyebrow and then continue blending. This line will make a whole world of a difference by adding definition and making your brows look stronger. 
*You never really know what you're missing until you've defined your eyebrows. This was the first time ever that my brows were defined, and the results were drastic - it changed my entire look!

Step 8 - Eye Base
The game-changer for me was an Eye Shadow Base. I've almost never use eyeshadow (even when I go for parties) - always preferring the 'au naturel' look for my eyelids. As expected, my eyelids would look extremely dark compared to my under eye (now laden with concealer) and the rest of my face. But swiping on a light shadow from lashline to brownbone gave me just the right amount of brightness I needed alongwith making my eyes look bigger.

Step 9 - Eyeliner
Line your upper lashline with whichever medium you prefer - shadow, gel liner or a pencil. Make sure that you pull the liner till the end of your eye without leaving it incomplete. If you line your lower lashline, make sure it meets the upper liner on the outer corner of your eye.

Step 10 - Mascara
Start with your eyelash curler(if you wish to use one) and then proceed to mascara. While applying mascara, feel free to glide it on 2-3 times starting at the base of the lashes and rolling as you move upwards.
*Once I'm done applying it 2-3 times throughout the lashes, I like to use the mascara on just the tips and roll them out for an exaggerated effect.


I do hope this post helped your beauty routine. Since Bobbi Brown as a brand, majorly emphasises on the importance of teaching, it allows you to walk in any time into one of their stores and take a makeup lesson of your own! The entire staff has been personally trained by Eliano so prepare yourself for a thorough treat into the magic world of makeup.

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