MAKE-UP MAV­ER­ICK The woman be­hind the bil­lion-dollar beauty em­pire talks self-es­teem and fem­i­nine em­pow­er­ment. By Aye­sha Khan. Pho­tographed by Christo­pher Stur­man.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Beauty Bazaar -

When Bobbi Brown first came on the scene in the late Eight­ies, women’s paler than pale faces were sharply con­toured and drenched in loud colors. “I tried to do make-up like other make-up artists, but I was just bad,” she laughs. “I couldn’t draw lips, I couldn’t sculpt noses, I couldn’t make girls’ skin look a dif­fer­ent colour, it just didn’t make sense to me,” she con­tin­ues, adding how Naomi Camp­bell had a few choice words for her upon see­ing her first Vogue cover. “She had a sig­na­ture look. She would do her lips with this very dark pen­cil and not blend it and put a gloss over it, and I thought that looked re­ally un­nat­u­ral so I did one colour.” Many make-up artists Bobbi ad­mired even said she’d never get work. But if her bil­lion-dollar com­pany is any­thing to go by, Bobbi had launched a make-up revo­lu­tion.

De­spite her suc­cess, there is one job Bobbi takes more se­ri­ously than any­thing, and that’s wife and mother. In fact, that was the big­gest de­cid­ing fac­tor when make-up be­he­moth Estée Lauder of­fered to buy her brand just four years af­ter it launched. “We’d had other of­fers, but none of them were right. Leonard Lauder wanted to meet us, and though we weren’t for sale I fell in love with him. He said, ‘I know your fam­ily is im­por­tant to you and that you don’t want to just be this busi­nessper­son. What if I told you we could grow your busi­ness and you could do what’s im­por­tant to you?’ Here I am all th­ese years later so the man only speaks the truth!”

This flex­i­bil­ity means part of Bobbi’s work­week is de­lib­er­ately spent at home. Al­ways the gra­cious host, she will of­ten take work meet­ings in this hand­some abode, and given its wel­com­ing en­vi­rons it’s no won­der her staff is will­ing to make the hour-long com­mute (she also has a satel­lite stu­dio mo­ments from her house). “Bobbi is a very warm, down-to-earth per­son and loves to share her home. The de­sign re­flects her needs for keep­ing the house easy and ap­proach­able,” says in­te­rior designer Michael Aiduss who helped the fam­ily with their most re­cent ren­o­va­tion. In the kitchen, rustic ex­posed beams of­fer a farm­house ap­peal. “This house looks old, but it’s un­der 15 years old. My hus­band is a de­vel­oper and ev­ery­thing is brand new, but it looks like it’s 100 years old,” says Bobbi. In the foyer, the deep Bobbi walls with con­trast­ing white wain­scot­ing fea­ture por­traits of Amer­i­can pres­i­dents pro­cured over the years from on­line an­tiques por­tal 1st dibs. Por­traits of dogs line the living and game rooms, where char­coal grey walls and so­fas up­hol­stered in Hol­land and Sherry menswear-in­spired fab­rics

Bobbi Brown in her drawing room. Tweed jacket, Chanel. T-shirt, J Crew. Neck­lace, Lulu Frost. Jeans, Zara. Pumps, Saint Lau­rent

Bobbi’s farm­hous­es­tyle kitchen

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