When I Instagrammed a picture of this book not so long ago, a flurry of lovey dovey comments came in. And I can see why. Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual was an addition to my Christmas list way back in 2010. I literally begged my sister to buy it for me (thanks Megan!) and spent half my Xmas holiday studying the pages of it instead of eyeballing my university revision books. Opps. There is just something about this book that gives it that ‘once you picked it up you won’t want to put it down‘ quality. It’s a few years old now and the bevy advice available when you put fingertip to keyboard is certainly snapping at its heels but the words penned by the Queen of blush, concealers and a hefty dose of eyeliner herself – Bobbi – it can’t really be topped as the best ‘all-rounder’ beauty book (if you think it can, then please drop a comment below). Whether you’re yet to pop it on your Christmas list or you fancy having a re-read here are my top pages to ruminate over:
Pages 8-9 – Equipment: Makeup Kits. Always keen to see how I can cut down my kit into a small London flat-friendly size, these little lists are lifesavers when it comes to clearing out your stash. Plus the checklists of what to keep and where satisfy my Virgo tendencies. Bobbi’s got my back.
Pages 10-13 – Equipment: Essential Tools. On quick glance these pages may just look like one huge push for Brown’s brand, but there are some great little snippets on tips for shopping for brushes, what tools you really need and which bristles are best for what job. And there’s a mini ode from Bobbi regarding fingertip application – a gal after my own heart.
Pages 50-55 – Face: Concealers and Correctors. If Bobbi is known for one thing, it’s her concealer and corrector kits so I recommend paying special attention to this chapter. Being in possession of both of these products I found the tips offered up on these pages particularly noteworthy. Bye bye blemishes and bye bye bags.
Pages 116-123 – Ten-Step Guide to Perfect Makeup. You know I like a streamlined simple routine, so these pages had Anna written all over them. A how-to on a handful of steps to a achieve a polished and preened look without the need to set aside half an hour of application time in the morning. Genius.
Pages 144-161 – Artistry. Something I didn’t expect to see in this book, but it makes for an interesting chapter. Bobbi’s tips for breaking in the biz from putting together a portfolio to possible routes in the makeup world. Along with some super cute old skool pictures of the lady herself.
And if you’re not inspired to pick up a brush and get correcting and concealing after that, well then I’ll be damned. FYI It’s £16.25 from Amazon for those that wish to join the Bobbi Brown book club. Welcome.