Now, as much as I am obsessed with beauty, I don’t consider myself any sort of expert. But I have tried far more than my fair share of beauty offerings so I do tend to get asked a lot of questions – the most popular being ‘What’s your favourite brand?’ which I have to be honest, is a really tough one.
I’ve never been a one-brand woman, so wouldn’t be able to pick a single favourite, but this question did get me thinking – what if I was a one-brand woman and resigned myself to do a single brand, whole face look. And hence this new post, kicking off a one-brand face series (catchy title, I know) – this is the Bobbi Brown face, as it sort of implies – a full face using only Bobbi Brown products.
I actually have a few real loves from these products, starting with the blush and lip gloss combo. I love these bright pink shades – I think they’re really flattering and keep the whole face looking really young and fresh. I do love a bright pink plush – this shade is ‘Peony’ and it’s a cool toned bright pink. The gloss is ‘Pink Lily’ from the Lilac Rose Collection and is an ideal match for the blush.
Another love from this selection is the eyeshadow in the shade ‘Cement’ – which I didn’t use as a shadow at all, but as a brow powder. This was a little trick I was shown when having a masterclass session at the Bobbi Brown counter in John Lewis. These masterclasses are absolutely fantastic – as I said, I am definitely no expert no matter how much I adore make-up, I always learn something new from these sorts of sessions. For this the main tips were about how key preparation of the skin is to the Bobbi Brown face and the brow tricks of using a cool toned powder to fill them in – the brush is also amazing for this, makes it really easy. I find powder takes a little more effort than a pencil, but it does have a really nice natural look.
Base wise I used the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Shade 2 ‘Sand’ – I absolutely adore this foundation. It’s quite thin, so easy to build up to whatever density you want – so offers a lovely natural looking finish. For a little added coverage under the eyes I used Bobbi Brown Corrector in the pinky toned Light Bisque -creamy but quite thick but the shade is great for brightening around the blue-toned eye area.
On the eyes I used one of the taupe shades from the Lilac Rose Palette across the lid and then added some definition using the long wear eyeliner in Black Navy, a slight twist on the usual black or brown. Having the hint of navy in there keeps it a little softer than pure black for daytime and works with my blue eyes (without risking the old 80’s blue eyeshadow type of look). I am seriously impressed with the Long Wear Eye Pencil – I applied these in the morning and it stayed absolutely put all day long without a smudge or any fading. So impressed.
I also used the Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara in black, which comes in a gorgeous pewter packaging. The wand is a brush style one, quite small and narrow bristles – it’s one that takes a bit of building for a more dramatic look but for a natural all day look it’s great. The small brush is also great for the bottom lashes.
Overall my main loves from this Bobbi Brown product selection are the Skin Foundation, Peony Blush and the Cement Eyeshadow for brows (and the eye brow brush).
What are your thoughts on a one-brand-only face?? Do you? Would you? and which brand would be your first choice?!
Bobbi Brown available from Debenhams