Earlier in the summer I attended the Bobbi Brown masterclass “the secret to perfect skin”, in the John Lewis Roof Garden after seeing it in Stylist Magazine. Sorry the post is so late! Buying a ticket was a complete no-brainer – I love Bobbi Brown’s make-up philosophy, the brand really does cater for all skin tones and I think the products are great.
I watched two demonstrations – one showcasing a city chic look and another showing a beach look. Both looks were then taken from day to night. Most importantly, both looks were quite natural, making the models (I say models, but they were women just like us) look like amazing versions of themselves with glowing skin and rosy cheeks and lips, rather than looking like they were wearing make-up. This is the Bobbi Brown way and I love it, especially for daytime.
The make-up artists were Pro Artist Hannah Martin and Featured Artist Zara Findlay. Hannah and Zara explained about skincare and explained how to apply the products. I knew the basics from studying the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual but there is always something new to learn.
I learned how to tight line which was demonstrated by Zara. I always wondered how to do it and now I know. When hayfever season is over I will definitely be trying it! I discovered the Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, which can be used on top of other Bobbi Brown mascaras to make them water resistant. I also fell in love with the Pot Rouge for Cheeks & Lips. Oh and then there’s the Well I love nearly everything Bobbi Brown so that was no surprise!
After the class there was the opportunity to have mini makeovers. I didn’t have time to get my eyes done but the main reason I was there was to get my summer foundation. During the demonstration, both Zara and Hannah used the Bobbi Brown foundation stick. It looked so easy to use I just had to have one (or some). The ticket price for the event was £25 redeemable on the night, and I’m allowed to buy summer foundation during my epic make-up spending ban, so that was perfectly justifiable.
It turned out that I actually needed two foundation sticks. My forehead is noticeably darker than the rest of my face so the foundation needed for the majority of my face looks completely wrong on my forehead. Well, maybe I don’t need foundation for my forehead on a daily basis because my forehead skintone is very even. My cheeks, however, are another story. The quickest way for me to use the foundations is to swipe the foundation stick in golden (6) on my cheeks, nose and chin and blend out. This gives me a sufficiently even base for the rest of my make-up and is perfect for work and other everyday situations. But, I am going to be a bridesmaid soon and I need to look photo-ready so this is why the darker shade in warm almond (6.5) is needed for my forehead so I can get all-over coverage.
The foundation sticks give a great skin-looking finish so I don’t need powder on a daily basis. However, for photos I don’t want to risk looking oily, so I also tried Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Soft Honey. This looks scarily pale in the compact but as it is so sheer, it acts like translucent powder.
I bought one stick on the night and the rest online. This brought my summer foundation total spend to £85. Ouch (in a good way)!
I then got my lips and cheeks done because I didn’t want to look strange. My lips were prepared with Lip Balm SPF 15 and my lip colour was Tea Rose lipstick – my perfect pink. For my cheeks, Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral was used followed by the Shimmer Brick in Nectar. I already have the shimmer brick and although it is pricey, it is well worth it. I might even go so far as to say it is my favourite Bobbi Brown product, if not my favourite cheek product, full stop. My epic spending ban mean I was not allowed to buy any of this.
I had so much fun and I learned a lot, especially that I don’t need a ton of make-up to look good. I’ve stuck all of the make-up I tried in a Pinterest board here. I can’t wait until this spending ban is over!