Beauty Books

Whether it’s a gift, or for yourself, there are a few beauty books that contain timeless information that will inspire and simplify your daily routine.

In Bobbi Brown’s book Living Beauty, you’ll find colorful photos and step by step guides to every type of makeup application imaginable. She also touches on when to use chemical peels, laser treatments, and prescription creams. The before and after photos of various women are obviously not re-touched making the techniques stand on their own. There’s a ton of practical information, and the layout invites you to just flip around and find what you need.

Making Faces is still the Beauty Bible 11 years later with its huge, gorgeous photography, and numerous stars who were transformed by pioneering makeup artist, the late Kevyn Aucoin. More a coffee table book than how-to, although step by step instructions are always included next to each photo highlighting a specific technique used for each model. Anyone who loves makeup will enjoy flipping through this book over and again as I have in the time I’ve owned it.

What I Use Every Day Part 2

From left to right; Bobbi Brown Corrector, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, Jane Iredale Pure Gloss, Clinique Lash Powder Mascara, Shu Uemura Lash Curler.

Just to finish up what I use with the final few products…

I’m still loving Bobbi’s Corrector/ Concealer to cover dark under eye circles. If I’m in a rush or don’t feel particularly dark, I’ll skip the Corrector and use the concealer for both the eye area and imperfections on the skin.

Jane Iredale’s Pure Gloss in Cotton Candy is my fav light pink choice for most days to compliment my pinky toned cheeks. For days when I’m wearing a bronze palette, I go with Soft Peach.

Any lashes can benefit from the Shu eyelash curler. It’s iconic. It’s everywhere. It’s as good as they say. It perfectly curls the lashes without kinks, and it sets the lashes to hold that curl throughout the day.

I think I’m on my 5th tube of Clinique’s lash power- which is saying a lot. It really doesn’t smudge and is easily removed with warm water.

Bobbi Brown Corrector/ Concealer

Dark under eye circles can take the focus completely away from georgous eyes and quickly become the focus of the face. Although they are annoying, it really isn’t the difficult to cover them with the right products.

Bobbi has the best system for covering dark circles since she uses color theory to first disguise the darkness using a correcting concealer. Each shade of Corrector is meant to cover either purplish, blueish, or brown based dark circles which is applied on the dark area of the eyes before the concealer.

Traditional concealers are yellow-based which covers redness, the mixture of a yellow concealer and dark circles wouldn’t disguise them, it actually gives a greenish or gray look. If you’re having problems covering darkness, this is probably why.

So that’s the first step- using the Corrector.

It’s a two step system because the Corrector is meant to cover the circles only, so it won’t match the rest of your skin. Now that the darkness is gone, you’ll apply the Concealer which is yellow based and designed to go over the Corrector and return the skin to its usual tone. the lightweight formula is meant to be layered over the corrector, as well as on blemishes and imperfections on the entire face.

So you’re first using the peachy- pinky Corrector to cancel out darkness.

Then you use the skin tone correct, yellow-based Concealer to even out the eye area. Use the powder on the bottom of the Concealer Kit to set it for the day and you’re done.

The total process takes just seconds in the morning and doesn’t feel like an added step, especially once you see what a big difference it makes.

Be sure to let a Bobbi associate help you to choose what shades work best for you since it is specific to both your circles and skin tone.

From this link, click on View Bobbi’s How-To Apply Concealer Video for the whole rundown.

Bobbi Brown Tinted Lip Balm

I put lipstick in the category of I know I should, but I don’t. Sheer convenience wins out every time I reach into my bag and pull out a lip balm. No mirror required, and my lips get their seemingly continuous fix of moisturization.

Bobbi Brown understood this when she created her award winning Tinted Lip Balm, which I consider to be tinted moisturizer for the lips. The color range is focused on shades we’d want in a quick product like this, nothing dramatic, just the basics for a simple color boost and a silky smooth pout.

Bobbi Brown Tinted Lip Balm

Bobbi Brown Tips

Recently, I was able to attend a training for Bobbi Brown with their premier Education Executive, Katrina Rau. She has worked with Bobbi Brown herself throughout her years with the company, and really has some great tips she was kind enough to share with me, so I could pass them along to you.

First, check out Bobbi’s 10 Step Guide (it’s under Looks and Tips, then scroll through below the photo at the top of the page). Bobbi uniquely starts the entire makeup process with eye concealer, which adds instant brightness to the face so you can correctly gauge how much shadow etc. you might need. I’m finding I actually use less eye makeup once I can see how fresh and awake my eyes look already.

Katrina also suggests mixing a small amount of foundation between your fingertips, then pressing the color into the face using just fingers, starting at the center of the face and working outward. Use a dry foundation brush to buff the color into the skin. You’ll use less foundation and it will look much more natural than using a sponge or fingers alone.

Applying eyeliner has got to be one of the trickiest techniques for women, but the benefits of longer looking lashes and wide open eyes make mastering it essential. Katrina encourages women to look down into a mirror slightly so their eyes can be open while applying the liner. So few women can close one eye really still, and it’s better to be able to see what you’re creating as you make the line.

You can find more great tips as well as videos on BobbiBrown.com

Havaianas

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Pedicure madness is in full swing, so get those freshly polished pink (or gray apparently) toes into a fab pair of Havaianas designed by your favorite makeup maven.

This Saks exclusive will provide the entire $15 from each sandal purchase to the Water charity and are designed by; (in order shown) Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown, only available through June while supplies last. Beauty combined with footwear? A winning combination.