Beauty queen

Want ra­di­ant-look­ing skin? Make-up guru Bobbi Brown re­veals her se­crets to achiev­ing true beauty

Health & Fitness - - Contents - WORDS: Joanna Eb­sworth

Make-up guru Bobbi Brown let’s us into her beauty se­crets.

She’s the make-up artist who’s trans­formed the looks of mil­lions of women with her beauty tricks for a ‘nat­u­ral glow’. But now, in her new book Beauty from the In­side Out (Chronicle Books, £16.99), Amer­i­can cos­met­ics queen Bobbi Brown shares her se­crets for cre­at­ing true beauty – start­ing from within. From her best beauty foods to the top work­outs for boost­ing your skin, her man­ual brings to life the health and well­ness se­crets that are the ba­sis of Brown’s beauty phi­los­o­phy. ‘I’m a firm be­liever that beauty starts from the in­side out,’ says the very youth­ful look­ing 60-year-old Brown. ‘If you take care of your­self, it shows.’ We caught up with Brown to learn more.

HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR BEAUTY PHI­LOS­O­PHY?

‘My beauty phi­los­o­phy started when I was in mid­dle school, when I thought that I wasn’t as pretty as my friends. Now I look back at pic­tures, I’ve re­alised I was ac­tu­ally pret­tier than my friends, but I didn’t see it at the time. As some­one who grew up in the fash­ion in­dus­try work­ing with girls with one name – Cindy, Linda, Christie – it took time to re­alise, “Okay, don’t go thereˮ, be­cause it wasn’t re­al­is­tic. I re­alise now that it’s not all about how you look in life, it’s about how you feel you look. My hus­band thinks I’m beau­ti­ful, and you know what, I think I am too, for me. If you’re al­ways wor­ried about the way you look, you’re miss­ing out on life. We all want to look good and feel good, but life is so much more than what you look like.’

WHAT’S THE SE­CRET TO LOV­ING THE SKIN YOU’RE IN?

‘The se­cret is to do a cou­ple of things: treat your­self well – don’t beat your­self up; and al­ways try to be bet­ter. For in­stance, right now, I re­ally want to be stronger. I want my mus­cles not to dwin­dle away, so I’m work­ing with a strength and con­di­tion­ing coach so I can train to be­come re­ally strong and lim­ber. What­ever it is that you want to work on, you don’t have to beat your­self up over it, but you can say, “I’m go­ing to do this bet­ter this time”.’

WHICH THINGS MAKE A REAL DIF­FER­ENCE TO OUR SKIN?

‘Well cer­tainly, not smok­ing. I still can’t be­lieve peo­ple smoke. I know many peo­ple who’ve quit smok­ing and their skin has vastly im­proved. I know peo­ple who’ve stopped their ter­ri­ble Diet Coke habit and drink more water, and their skin has im­proved. And I’ve seen peo­ple take in more veg­eta­bles through juices and pow­ders, and their skin has im­proved. It’s about what you put in your body, even more than what skin­care prod­ucts you’re us­ing on your face. I’ve al­ways said there’s no such thing as a mois­turiser that gets rid of wrin­kles. But there are creams that make your lines look bet­ter, and I like that. I don’t like the way Bo­tox makes peo­ple look. I’m very anti fillers too. I’m sad­dened when I turn the TV on and see ac­tresses who have no lines on their face around their mouths. It looks weird. And if that’s how it looks now, how is it go­ing to look in five years when it starts to sag, and you get more [filler] to re­duce the sag? It’s a slip­pery slope. At some point, you have to say, “this is my face, and I’m go­ing to spend more time on my body than my face. I’m go­ing to ex­er­cise, mois­turise and get laser hair re­moval”.’

COULD YOU TELL US YOUR TOP THREE BEAUTY SU­PER­FOODS?

‘First, you have to drink enough water – and, hon­estly, I still strug­gle with this, but it re­ally makes a dif­fer­ence to your body, brain and beauty. Your skin looks more plump and fresh when you’re hy­drated. Water also flushes out tox­ins, which im­proves the ap­pear­ance of your skin. My three key foods are veg­eta­bles, pro­tein and healthy fats such as avocados, al­monds, and sal­mon, which is a great food as it’s a com­bi­na­tion of pro­tein and fats. We’ve al­ways been schooled not to eat fats, but you need them for great-look­ing skin. You also need re­ally good vi­ta­mins and you get these from veg­eta­bles. I eat out a lot, so I or­der as many veg­eta­bles as I can – steamed, with a nice olive oil on the side.’

WHAT ARE YOUR BEST AGE-PROOF­ING SKIN­CARE TIPS?

‘Hy­drate on the in­side. I know I keep say­ing it, but it re­ally works. And on the out­side, layer mois­turis­ers. I like to use a mois­turiser that re­ally ab­sorbs into the skin and is hydrating, then I use one that’s richer and more balm-like that sits on the skin to pro­tect it. I also use a lot of vir­gin co­conut oil on my face and body. I slather it all over – it smells like the Car­ribean and feels good too. I use an oil to take off my make-up at night as it leaves a nice cush­ion.’

DO YOU HAVE ANY AN­TI­AGE­ING MAKE-UP TIPS?

‘Mois­tur­is­ing is num­ber one. Fill­ing in your brows is also essen­tial as you lose def­i­ni­tion as you get older – I brush up some coloured pow­der into my brow, putting on a lit­tle con­cealer and cor­rec­tor. An­other great thing is to use a cream blush that doesn’t turn to pow­der – it looks smooth on your skin. And I wear glasses, which is the best anti-age­ing trick be­cause peo­ple don’t see so many of the lines, and when I don’t wear much eye make-up, they still give def­i­ni­tion to my eyes.’

SHOULD WE EX­PER­I­MENT MORE WITH OUR LOOK AS WE GET OLDER?

‘Up­dat­ing is the key. Ex­per­i­ment­ing some­times means fol­low­ing trends, which doesn’t al­ways work. Up­dat­ing means maybe go­ing to a great colourist and get­ting some beau­ti­ful highlights un­der your hair and around your face, to give a bright lift to your face; rather than too many highlights, which can make you look older. There are no rules any more like, for in­stance, that a woman needs to have short hair as she gets older. As long as you’re get­ting good hair­cuts and reg­u­lar trims, longer hair can be very youth­ful.’

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP GYM-BEAUTY TIPS?

‘I don’t have the pa­tience for blow dries all the 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 the back of my head. Later, I can take out the bun and my hair looks great.’

There’s no such thing as a mois­turiser that gets rid of wrin­kles’

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