Type: Creative Essays
Sample donated: Sarah Brewer
Last updated: December 30, 2019
Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown a woman who started as a young freelance makeup artist to a world-renowned makeup artist and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, a multi-million makeup brand sold in 60 countries worldwide and a best-selling author of several books on beauty. In the early 80’s the daughter of Joe and Sandra Brown born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Brown studied at the University of Arizona for a year but she had a love for makeup and wanted to pursue it.
She studied at Emerson college theatrical makeup in Boston and graduated in 1991. Unfortunately, the specific program she studied is not available at the college right now. However, Bobbi herself started a makeup program at Emerson College “Bobbi Brown Program in Makeup Artistry” it is a program open to individuals who have earned a high school diploma or GED. Bobbi started as a freelance makeup artist in New York city signing up for any jobs she can find in the phone book. She started doing makeup for movie sets like special effects but did not find interest in pursuing it so, she diverted to fashion makeup. She collaborated with photographers Bruce Weber, Brigitte Lacombe and Arthur Elgort for American Vogue, as well Francesco Scavullo for Cosmopolitan and Self. She worked with many big supermodels Tatiana Patitz and Noami Cambel for American Vogue are a few of the many.
In 1988 she met a chemist at a shoot for Mademoiselle they both made and launched ten lipsticks in 1991 ” BOBBI BROWN ESSENTIALS” at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, it was an instant success. On her first day of business, Bobbi sold 100 lipsticks. Four years later, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics was sold to Estée Lauder Companies, taking creative control of the brand as the CCO. Kate Middleton wore Bobbi Brown at her wedding to Prince William.
In 2016, Brown Left the company because it started to get out of her hands and she lost autonomy. Two quotes really stood out to me in the New York Times article about Bobbi Brown.” she didn’t try to change anyone’s face, just made them look like themselves. That was not the fashion.” “The look was very, very white skin with bright red lips, and painted, sculpted faces,” she says. “I could not do that kind of makeup.
I thought people looked better with natural skin. Why would you change the color of someone’s skin?” These quotes really intrigued me because it showed me who Bobbi truly is as a person and as a makeup artist. She hated what was in demand at that time the white base foundation and red lips. She had her own taste and that is what made her successful in the industry. It all started with a simple idea natural looking makeup and a lipstick that looked like lips. Her idea of makeup is a way to enhance a person’s beauty not to change it is the purpose of she being a makeup artist. The reason her lipsticks became such a huge boom because it was something new and different but after all, is something so simple. Moreover, her goal as a makeup artist is to make sure that the photos were taken really embraced the true beauty of the model at hand.
Which directly affects the customers and readers of the magazines. It allows the people to think that their natural beauty is enough and to embrace it not to conceal it. There are multiple reasons why I choose her rather than any other artist. Firstly, she worked really hard to get where she is and to master her craft. She had ups and downs in her career which till now is still flourishing.
Also, she changed makeup as a whole from super heavy and bright makeup to makeup which complements the face. If we think about it the no-makeup makeup look that is a trend at the moment started with her vision. Lastly, her personality you can tell she is a down to earth humble person. Bobbi is a role model and her work changed the industry, the meaning of makeup for a more valuable reason is to accentuate beauty not hide it. Bobbi continues to create the runway looks for New York Fashion Week.
She works with the industry’s best designers including Rachel Roy, J. Mendel, Erin Fetherston, Tory Burch and Cynthia Rowley.