Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown

Beauty Mogul; Makeup Artist; Founder & CCO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; EIC, Yahoo Beauty. New York

By: Emily Ramshaw
Styling: Stephanie Mark

Apologies ahead of time if we get a little gooey here. Just bear with us.

A lot of what we do when we’re considering who and what to put up on this here site is about inspiration—what’s the special thing or person or moment that has us all buzzing right here and now? A lot of the time, this honestly looks like stumbling across someone when we’re down a deep Instagram black hole sometime north of midnight. But then there are the types we’ve grown up with—who have somehow seemingly been a constant presence in our lives, from advice given in ‘90s-era Seventeen­s to a book or two residing on our present-day bedroom shelves. And let’s be honest, no one really epitomizes the endlessly inspiring, yet totally relatable power woman quite like Bobbi Brown. What can we say? The woman has kind of been our personally appointed cheerleader ever since Teenage Beauty: Everything You Need to Look Pretty, Natural, Sexy and Awesome. (And we still totally want to look like that, TBH.)

So when Brown’s team finally gave us the go ahead to get into her closet (and beauty cabinet, because duh), the prospect of meeting the woman who taught us that there is, in fact, a perfect blush color for each person (“To find your ideal blush color, pinch your cheeks or look in the mirror after a workout. The color they turn is your ideal shade.”), became a game of minimizing our whole fan girl situation.

Showing up, it didn’t take us long to get digging through her prodigious collection of Céline, Saint Laurent and CHANEL (turns out it wasn’t so hard to feel at home chez the makeup mogul’s New Jersey home, especially when she plied us with food and coffee—the surest way to our hearts). Then again, it might just be because we’re still reading up on everything she has to teach us via Yahoo Beauty, which, when it comes to empowering women (rather than encouraging insecurities) pretty much nails the it on the digital head. “I built my brand on empowering women to celebrate their natural beauty and be their best, most confident selves,” she told us. “I have worked with actresses, models, and celebrities my entire career and have learned that they share all the same beauty concerns that everyday women have. So shedding light on those issues that nobody talks about is important to me. I will talk about them and tell you the truth." See what we mean about cheerleader?