Want radiant-looking skin? Make-up guru Bobbi Brown reveals her secrets to achieving true beauty.
She’s the make-up artist who’s transformedthe looks of millions of women with herbeauty tricks for a ‘natural glow’. But now,in her new book Beauty from the InsideOut (Chronicle Books, £16.99), Americancosmetics queen Bobbi Brown shares hersecrets for creating true beauty – startingfrom within. From her best beauty foodsthe top workouts for boosting your skin, her manualbrings to life the health and wellness secrets that are theof Brown’s beauty philosophy. ‘I’m a firm believer thatbeauty starts from the inside out,’ says the very youthfullooking 60-year-old Brown. ‘If you take care of yourself,shows.’ We caught up with Brown to learn more.
HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR BEAUTY PHILOSOPHY?
‘My beauty philosophy started when Iwas in middle school, when I thought thatI wasn’t as pretty as my friends. Now I lookback at pictures, I’ve realised I was actuallyprettier than my friends, but I didn’t see itat the time. As someone who grew up inthe fashion industry working with girls withone name – Cindy, Linda, Christie – it tooktime to realise, “Okay, don’t go thereˮ,because it wasn’t realistic. I realise nowthat it’s not all about how you look in life,it’s about how you feel you look. Myhusband thinks I’m beautiful, and you knowwhat, I think I am too, for me. If you’realways worried about the way you look,you’re missing out on life. We all want tolook good and feel good, but life is somuch more than what you look like.
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WHAT’S THE SECRET TO LOVING THE SKIN YOU’RE IN?
‘The secret is to doa couple of things:treat yourself well –don’t beat yourselfup; and always try tobe better. Forinstance, right now, I reallywant to be stronger. I want my musclesnot to dwindle away, so I’m working witha strength and conditioning coach soI can train to become really strong andlimber. Whatever it is that you want to workon, you don’t have to beat yourself up overit, but you can say, “I’m going to do thisbetter this time”.’
WHAT ARE YOUR BEST AGE-PROOFING SKINCARE TIPS?
‘Hydrate on the inside. I know I keep sayingit, but it really works. And on the outside,layer moisturisers. I like to use a moisturiserthat really absorbs into the skin and ishydrating, then I use one that’s richer andmore balm-like that sits on the skin toprotect it. I also use a lot of virgin coconutoil on my face and body. I slather it all over– it smells like the Carribean and feels goodtoo. I use an oil to take off my make-up atnight as it leaves a nice cushion.’
WHICH THINGS MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE TO OUR SKIN?
‘Well certainly, not smoking. I still can’tbelieve people smoke. I know many peoplewho’ve quit smoking and their skin hasvastly improved. I know people who’vestopped their terrible Diet Coke habitand drink more water, and their skin hasimproved. And I’ve seen people takein more vegetables through juices andpowders, and their skin has improved.It’s about what you put in your body, evenmore than what skincare products you’reusing on your face. I’ve always said there’sno such thing as a moisturiser that gets ridof wrinkles. But there are creams that makeyour lines look better, and I like that. I don’tlike the way Botox makes people look. I’mvery anti fillers too. I’m saddened when Iturn the TV on and see actresses who haveno lines on their face around their mouthsIt looks weird. And if that’s how it looksnow, how is it going to look in five yearswhen it starts to sag, and you get more[filler] to reduce the sag? It’s a slipperyslope. At some point, you have to say,“this is my face, and I’m going to spendmore time on my body than my face. I’mgoing to exercise, moisturise and getlaser hair removal”.’
COULD YOU TELL US YOUR TOP THREE BEAUTY SUPER FOODS?
‘First, you have to drink enough water –and, honestly, I still struggle with this, butit really makes a difference to your body,brain and beauty. Your skin looks moreplump and fresh when you’re hydrated.Water also flushes out toxins, whichimproves the appearance of your skin. Mythree key foods are vegetables, protein andhealthy fats such as avocados, almonds,and salmon, which is a great food as it’s acombination of protein and fats. We’vealways been schooled not to eat fats, butyou need them for great-looking skin. Youalso need really good vitamins and you getthese from vegetables. I eat out a lot, soI order as many vegetables as I can –steamed, with a nice olive oil on the side.’
DO YOU HAVE ANY ANTI- AGEING MAKE-UP TIPS?
Moisturising is number one. Filling inyour brows is also essential as you losedefinition as you get older I brush upsome coloured powder into my brow,putting on a little concealer and corrector.Another great thing is to use a cream blushthat doesn’t turn to powder – it lookssmooth on your skin. And I wear glasses,which is the best anti-ageing trick becausepeople don’t see so many of the lines, andwhen I don’t wear much eye make-up, theystill give definition to my eyes.’
SHOULD WE EXPERIMENT MORE WITH OUR LOOK AS WE GET OLDER?
‘Updating is the key. Experimentingsometimes means following trends, whichdoesn’t always work. Updating meansmaybe going to a great colourist andgetting some beautiful highlights underyour hair and around your face, to give abright lift to your face; rather than too manyhighlights, which can make you look older.There are no rules any more like, forinstance, that a woman needs to haveshort hair as she gets older. As long asyou’re getting good haircuts and regulartrims, longer hair can be very youthful.’
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP GYM-BEAUTY TIPS?
‘I don’t have the patience for blow dries allthe time so, after a workout, I wash my hair,put some smoothing styling product in it,then put my hair in a very loose bun at theback of my head. Later, I can take outthe bun and my hair looks great.’
‘Exercise is incredibly importantto me. On the days when I don’tdo it, I feel sluggish. I makesure I walk 12,000 steps a day.Walking is the greatest; it clearsyour brain. Instead of doinglunch with your friends, youcan go for a walk together.Sometimes I walk and add runs;other times I just walk up hills.I also go to strength andconditioning classes, using freeweights, resistance bands andballs – I even push sledges! I alsogo to Soul Cycle (soul-cycle.com)at least once a week.’