Going to Peru really opened my eyes up to all the things and opportunities I take for granted. In America, we have so many high-quality, beautiful things and it has really got me "on-a-kick" to take advantage of getting out of my Yoga pants, doing my makeup, and getting out of the house. When I started my capsule wardrobe experiment (now a lifestyle) a few years back, my attention on my outer appearance was in many ways consuming my life. However, I now find it re-entering my life in a healthier, creative, "choosing-over-chasing," sort of way. Previously, I felt like I HAD to look a certain way to be taken seriously which put a lot of pressure and stress on my life. Now, I feel like I want to look a certain way as an act of gratitude for all of the opportunities that I've been given.
The output may look the same, but the input is so, so different.
I'm cool with going makeup free and dressing in sweats. And I'm cool with going full-face and putting effort and care into my dress. Instead of feeling chained to trends and powerless, I'm able to choose from a menu of options for my life that is limitless.
So, with that said, I've been redoing what was in my makeup drawer (which at this point, wasn't much, because I had thrown a lot away that was expired). I initially thought to try to DIY and go natural with my makeup and check out some eco-brands, but quite frankly, with all the other things going on in my life right now, I'm choosing to stick with what has previously worked. Is it the "best" and most "healthy" for my skin--probably not.
But, I also really trust Bobbi Brown as an artist and brand, and this is just one area that I'm not going to jump on the eco-sustainable makeup bandwagon because it just doesn't resonate with me or bring me joy in this present moment.
Preivously, much of my makeup was from MAC (what I used during my pageant days), but in my heart, I've always only had one makeup love, and that is Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. I used to work in a department store at the Bobbi Brown counter as a makeup artist in a former work life, and so during slow times I had the luxury of trying on all the makeup brands. There are pieces that I really like from other brands (example: lip gloss from Chanel, crazy eyeshadow from Nars, mascara and eye makeup remover from Lancome...) but I was trained and raised with Bobbi Brown and she's never let me down. I really love the dewy, natural, inside-out beauty vibes that her line promotes, plus I've had multiple trainings with her brand, so I understand her philosophy, know all the colors and understand how it's all supposed to go together.
So without further adieu, here are my top 5 favorite Bobbi Brown makeup things, some things I really love about her brand, and some buying tips (from a former Bobbi Brown makeup artist!)
Must Have: Bobbi Brown Brushes
There are three things that transform makeup from being "okay" to looking professionally done. First, of course, you have to have a good canvas, meaning your skin. What you put on the inside, affects what comes through your skin on the outside! Your skin is your body's largest waste organ so if you put not-so-good things in, you will get not-so-good things out! Things enter and exit your body through your skin, so it's important to balance your hormones, eat healthy, stay hydrated and preserve what you have with high quality, natural, organic skincare (which is one of the very few beauty things I do not purchase from Bobbi Brown for this very reason).
Second, the quality of the makeup you use definitely makes a difference. More costly brands not only give a heightened user-experience and offer free education on their products, they wear better and have a more refined color selection to really match your skin tones. While you can probably get away with drugstore eyeshadow, gloss, and mascara, spending more on things like foundation, lipstick, bronzers, blush, and makeup application tools really makes the difference...which leads me to one of my favorite, must-have, Bobbi Brown makeup things--her makeup brushes!
They are super soft, professional quality brushes created to work specifically with her products, and made to last. I still have Bobbi Brown brushes that I bought when I first started working with her and they're almost ten years old! I also have a lot of MAC brushes that I purchased a long the way, but eventually I want to swap them all out because I'm kind-of obsessed about having all my makeup brushes looking the same.
While Bobbi has a lot of wonderful, award-winning, quality brushes, this particular brush, the eye shader, is my absolute favorite and this particular shape is not really found (to my current knowledge) in other makeup lines.
As I said previously, I'm a very simple, natural, dewy makeup type of girl. I'm not a fan of really putting a lot around my eyes. For a basic, daytime look, I use one color of eye shadow and maybe, the same color in a shimmer to highlight under my brows. Because I keep it simple when it comes to my makeup, this eye shader brush makes it super quick and easy to apply and move on. The large surface area and contour of the bristles fit right onto the lid of my eye. It's usually a single swipe, done and moving on.
Must Have for Foundation, Highlighting & Contouring: Bobbi Brown Tinted Cream and Stick Foundation
So, like I said above, when you're going for foundation, it's important to go with a line that enhances your skin tone and works with your skin. Most of Bobbi's foundations are not oil-free because oftentimes, when you use an oil-free product without absolutely needing to, you will become even more oily and break out more than ever because your body overproduces to compensate. Also, Bobbi's foundations yellow-based, so they will give you a warmer tone for a more natural, dewy look. If you prefer your makeup to look more like a mask (pink-based foundations), then Bobbi Brown foundations are not for you.
I also like going with the minimum foundation required. For a natural, daytime look, I use a combination of Bobbi's tinted moisturizer cream and her foundation stick for some natural highlight. The nice thing about her foundation sticks are that they are full coverage and buildable and super easy to apply. For a more polished look, you can contour and highlight with two different shades of the foundation stick. A Bobbi Brown artist can help you match your color in the store because there is a color for everyone! Personally, I use the light-to-medium cream and the foundation stick in warm sand (2.5) for my highlighter.
Must Have for Dimension & Bronzing: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick & Bronzer
So, after I've evened out my skin tone with Bobbi's foundation, I add dimension by highlighting and contouring even more with her shimmer brick and bronzer. I have tried a few different bronzers from MAC and NARS and just had to come back to the Bobbi bronzer (I use Golden Light). It's the perfect amount of "tan" for me and again, has never let me down.
Bonus Tip: For All the Extras, Consult in Store but Order Online!
You can usually get sample packets in-store by asking the artist. However, there are usually much better bonuses + free shipping when you shop online. For example, this eye palette and mascara came for free because I ordered online. I like keeping these for stocking stuffers and gifts to give during the holiday season. They are also perfect for your travel makeup bag! I like getting the single serve packets of cleansers and creams to I don't have to deal with potentially getting my liquids confiscated when going through security.
So, there you have it! My top five favorite Bobbi Brown makeup things! If you have any comments or questions, let me know below or by connecting with me on Instagram! If you need any advice on which products and colors are best for you, check out the Bobbi Brown counter in your local mall because they are there to help you!