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Bobbi Brown Living Beauty Hardcover – February 15, 2007

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This artful, well-meaning book on beauty tips for women of "a certain age" might make a nice gift, but has little more depth than a glossy magazine. Now in her 50s, international makeup artist and beauty writer Brown celebrates female faces that have laugh lines. She encourages women to "age gracefully" without unnecessary plastic surgery by living healthy, taking care of their skin and utilizing a few tricks with makeup, hair and clothing. The first section features "Words of Wisdom" from older celebrities, such as Susan Sarandon, Vera Wang and Lorraine Bracco—most of which prove to be pretty thin. But it's Bobbi's suggestions on how to minimize problems particular to older women, (such as sunspots, baggy eyes and dull skin) that give the book an anchor. Subsequent chapters sensibly cover clothes and hair, then into menopause and hormone replacement therapy, plus diet and exercise. A final chapter celebrating "Women Who Get It" might have been fun, but the successful women profiled are not famous enough to merit much interest (e.g., the president of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, the vice chairman of Burberry and the CEO of Brooks Food Group). One of the most engaging aspects of the book are the photographs. Whether of beautifully aging faces, makeup that looks good enough to eat or healthy food that looks good enough to eat, the photos make the book coffee-table worthy. (Apr.)
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'make-up genius Bobbi Brown's latest book, LIVING BEAUTY... spills the beans on the real beauty issues facing older women' -- OK! magazine 'An indispensable reference book for every 40-something woman's bedside table' -- Courier Mail

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821258346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821258347
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bobbi Brown is an internationally renowned makeup artist and CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. She's the author of three previous bestselling beauty books, and she is the exclusive beauty editor of NBC's Today show.

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Bobbi Brown is an incredible makeup artist. I've seen her personally as well as the work of several other top names in the business, and moreso than any of the others, she has a way of turning the average woman into a glowing version of herself and doing so in a way that is easy to replicate and not over-the-top.

This "you but improved" philosophy rings through in all of her books, including the new Living Beauty. Living Beauty is geared towards a more "experienced" reader, i.e., those in their 40s and older, but I am in my early 30s and still find the book very informative.

As with her other books, Brown's most recent publication takes a holistic approach to beauty, covering not only skin care and makeup, but also fitness, nutrition, menopause issues (including bioidentical hormone replacement a la Suzanne Somers), giving birth in your 40s, cosmetic surgery, age-appropriate clothing and hair. The book also contains advice on aging and beauty from a number of famous sophisticates (Susan Sarandon, Vera Wang, Vanessa williams, Marcia Gay Harden, etc., etc.). There are lovely makeovers throughout with explanations of how they were done - makeovers that are actually doable and wearable (no ultra-smokey eye and nude-invisible lips). My favorite parts of the book are the little tidbits of advice from Bobbi scattered throughout - things she has learned throughout the years - e.g., "Watching Adam Sandler in the movie Click I learned that we shouldn't wish away all those annoying tasks. It's called life and it goes fast enough anyway."

I took off one star from my rating solely because there's a lot of information in here that is included in Bobbi's other books and because its applicability is age-specific (20-somethings need not apply...). But, for those over 40 ladies (or younger Brown fans) who want a little life boost without looking like Ivana Trump, I'd highly recommend adding this book to your library.
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"Living Beauty" is the fourth book by well-known makeup artist Bobbi Brown. Her earlier books were aimed at a teens, women of color and (the first one) at a general audience. The target audience for this book is Brown's own age cohorts -- baby boomers.

There won't be many surprises for those who have read Brown's earlier books. The books are broadly focused on general well-being and lifestyle rather than just makeup. But makeup advice certainly has to be what most of the book's readers are wanting and expecting.

Bobbi Brown is one of the most highly-esteemed makeup artists in the business. Her style of makeup is generally very conservative and minimalist. (Her detractors' nickname for her is Bobbi Blah.) She's a sort of anti-makeup makeup artist. Her philosphy is on the very opposite end of the spectrum from the late Kevyn Aucoin who believed in makeup's power to change a woman for the better from the outside in.

There are obviously a lot of women out there who do share Ms. Brown's affinity for a very natural, unmadeup look. This book has good, generally very sound, advice on which colors to choose in order to pull off her trademark "you but better" look. The makeup application tips in the book are pretty basic. To me, it raises the question: if a woman is at all interested in makeup, wouldn't she know the basics by the time she reached her forties, fifies, older?

I have never had much interest in Bobbi Brown's lifestyle and nutrition tips. This information would have more credibility coming from a nutritionist or someone else expert in those areas. I am a bit more troubled by the information on bioidentical hormones. I would think a woman would be better advised to seek the advice of her gynecologist. I really just wish Ms.
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Bobbi Brown has been a leading name in the beauty business for over 25 years, with her own well-known makeup products, and has made up some of the most well-known women in show business, such as Scarlett Johannson and Sienna Miller.

In this book, you will find much more than your standard tips--you find invaluable insight into your changing needs as you move into your 30s, 40s, 50, and 60s. Recognizing the changes that skin goes through with age, such as increased dryness, wrinkles, loss of tautness and lack of radiance, Bobbi provides us with sound advice and suggestions on the best way to maximize what you've got at every stage in life.

Instead of trying to change your aging face with botox or facelifts, or to cover it up with tons of makeup, which ends up looking worse, Bobbi shows you how to accentuate the positive and minimize the parts which you want to deflect attention from. Often, with skillfully applied concealer and blush, a haircut that complements you, and the right amount of color in the right places, you can be transformed. She illustrates this through a number of case studies, showing before and after pictures of women at all stages of life, and we can see firsthand what the right makeup can do.

This book was a refreshing change from the usual beauty books on the market, which tend to be mainly focused on the 20-something woman, and instead deals with the real issue of aging skin, and the need to adjust your makeup bag to match the adjustments in your physiology.

A very interesting read. I picked up a number of tips from for myself, my girlfriends, and my mom!

Armchair Interviews says: We have to "face" our aging face and learn from this book.
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