• Monday , 13 July 2020

Bobbi Brown On Natural Makeup Trends, Reinventing Herself

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After building a global cosmetic brand, Bobbi Brown is busy building a second empire of life and wellness brands, including her start-up Beauty Evolution and accompanying editorial site, justBOBBI.

Natural makeup pioneer and serial entrepreneur Bobbi Brown has a simple code that has helped her on the path to success, and it’s one anyone can follow, no matter what their age or circumstance: “Do what you love, take chances, and do something different. It’s OK to break the rules.”

It may sound easy, but creating new paradigms and disrupting traditional industries is far from it.

The founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, a minimalist beauty brand that changed the face of makeup, should know. She took a leap of faith in the ’80s when she created a natural-looking cosmetic line that didn’t follow the industry’s color trends that looked garish and overdone. Her vision helped reinvent America’s image of beauty. To take the business to the next level, she sold it to Estée Lauder in 1995 and stayed in an active role and continued to build the power brand until two years ago. The line is now sold in more than 60 countries.

As she recalls, “walking away from the company with her namesake on its 25th anniversary was a tough decision. But I felt it was time to move on. I had a different idea of the direction the company should go than others. I was tired of fighting.” That was her “aha moment,” when it dawned on her that she had lost autonomy and what she really wanted was to be her own boss again.

“I realized I wanted to do something really different, and the prospect of that was exciting,” says Brown. But taking that leap of faith was hard in the beginning. “When I left, it was sudden, and at first I was in shock, but I felt relief because I could leave all the problems and worries I had behind.”

Now she is busy starting over with a host of new ventures to build her own umbrella of life and wellness brands — including her start-up Beauty Evolution and accompanying editorial site, justBOBBI. She also became a certified health coach.

While beauty remains a focus for the 61-year-old, makeup is not the main vehicle anymore. Her new product line, called Evolution 18, is a range of dietary supplements and wellness products that align with her philosophy of “beauty from the inside out.” So does her website that aims to educate people on wellness, food, beauty, business, travel and more.

At the same time, she has been busy with another project with her husband, Steven Plofker. Together they have renovated The George Inn in their hometown of Montclair, New Jersey, to transform it into a wellness and design hotel. Though named for its Georgian architecture, the landmark building built in 1902 is full of photos and portraits of famous people with its namesake, such as George Washington and George Clooney. Brown is the hotel’s creative director and interior designer. She has put her personal touch on the inn and has incorporated more than 20 local businesses into its mix. It’s a way to boost the local entrepreneurial scene, she says.

Time will tell if managing a portfolio of new ventures will prove tough for this overachiever. But she loves the freedom and insists that “managing these exciting projects are more rewarding for her than sitting in a corporate boardroom.”

Why didn’t she decide to rest on her laurels after achieving success in the beauty industry? “It’s because I want to continue to empower women, teach confidence and simplify their life.” She also admits that being entrepreneurial is in her blood and retiring is not something she is ready to do.

Looking back, what really made a difference in her career was meeting Mickey Drexler, chairman of Outdoor Voices and head of Drexler Ventures. The retail guru, who was formerly the CEO and chairman of J.Crew Group as well as the CEO of Gap, became her mentor and executive coach. “He really gave me permission to be myself. He always picked up the phone and offered assistance whenever I needed it,” she recalls. “Everyone needs experts they can rely on.”
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  1. Monica Corr
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    I wish you can find the colours of few years back, I struggle to find them I guess they changed colours too bad

  2. 邱子安
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    After Bobbi leave, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics become to fall all over the places.

  3. La rose noire 41 isma
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    I love her. She is down to earth, beautiful and so good make up artist.
    Thanks to you Bobbi.

  4. KittySnicker
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    I’m not sure how much I like “natural makeup.” I actually like When people say they like my makeup. I’m not OFFENDED that they know I’m wearing makeup.

  5. Bella Bijou
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Silly me. I think the name made me relate it to Whitney Houston’s husband so I thought it was for dark skin. I’ll take another serious look at it again

  6. Toria Smith
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Bobbi brown makeup was the first makeup I ever bought and why I love makeup today .

  7. SuperDubios
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Bobbi Brown is a Jew that's why she has been so successful. Jews stick together. She had solid connections in the business world that's for sure.

    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Wow I love this woman!!!

  9. Ann
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    She doesn’t like contouring at all.

  10. Balotzky Gala
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    her make up are so expensive but its so good😘

  11. Stephanie Knowles
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    We need to be natural again. No excessive Make-Up.

  12. Grey Johnson
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Definition of being "self-made".

  13. kristin
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Stopped half way through this video and googled if Bobbi Brown is a cruelty free product. THEY ARE NOT!!!!! They test on animals. Stopped watching the video. Will never purchase these products. There’s NO excuse to test our vanity on poor defenseless animals!!!!! 🌱🌱🌱❤️❤️

  14. Tracey ocgirl
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    cost to much MAC is better

  15. Gina La Perugina NYC
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    I remember purchasing her original 10 lipsticks at Bergorf’s as soon as it came out. I hoarded all my favorite products and colors when I heard she was leaving!

  16. Wendy French
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    I’m a chemist and NEED to make makeup. I wish she still owned it.

  17. Dennise Danny
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Healthy make up?

  18. ohgoshnaliya !
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    I wonder who was the makeup artist who said her makeup won't work.

  19. i.e.Presents
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Lousy reporting. Not a word about her new company name or products.

  20. Cardigan Babe
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    i'm not sure if i would wear bobbi brown makeup with that same feeling again

  21. Cardigan Babe
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    This is so sad, the Bobbi Brown brand is like her baby and she must have so much struggle to left it to others to take care of it..

  22. crushingcolours
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Does wellness include “non-toxic” ingredients 🤔🤔🤔🤔😶

  23. battlefrenzie
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    That 2017 clip must be miss dated. No way she aged that much in 2 years

  24. Bella Berkshires
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Why are there thumbs down to this positive post? Go away haters. This is a great video….very inspiring!!!

  25. Thúy is streaming Fancy by Twice
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    She seems like the coolest person to hang out with lol

  26. Anica
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    My sisters and I had our first make-up book by Bobbi Brown

    Love her. 💗

  27. Jane Delaney
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    I would have more respect if she had used older models (even sometimes) in her ads and on her site. She herself says she only likes to use young models. To me that says so much. The older gal just isn’t it for her. Sad.

  28. Elizabeth Kirby
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Why in the hell is she sitting with her legs and feet up on the sofa? Not classy!

  29. Stephanie Swan
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    What an inspirational woman 💫

  30. Chris Harrison
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    The moment I found out that Bobbi Brown sold her company to Estee Lauder, that is when I stopped purchasing the cosmetics brand.  I find that there is a pattern that whenever Estee Lauder purchased another company, it always go down hill.

  31. light
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    My mom used neutral lipstick in mid sixties and on . I don’t remember the brands!

  32. Mel Mel
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    I've always loved her style of makeup. The over the top Instagram makeup just doesn't work for me.

  33. Farhana Fathima
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Love this lady and her simplicity

  34. zaimah Begum-Diamond
    May 4, 2019 at 00:24

    Bobbie brown is outdated old brand that still has animal testing.

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