Makeup Tutorial: The 10-Step Makeup Look By Bobbi Brown

Beauty guru Bobbi Brown always creates the prettiest fresh-faced looks and below, she teaches us how to go from drab to fab in 10 easy steps. Read on for each step and to see my take on the look!

Before you start, always apply an oil-free moisturizer and eye cream to help your makeup go on smoothly. Right now I’m really digging Nuxe Sérum Crème Fraîche de Beauté 24 Hr Moisturizing Anti-fatigue Concentrate.

Step 1: Corrector/Concealer
For very dark undereye circles, start with a corrector to cut through the darkness under the eye. Next, use a yellow-toned concealer one shade lighter to brighten the undereye area.

What I Use: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque and Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Beige

Step 2: Foundation
Apply foundation only on areas that need to be evened out with your fingers or a makeup sponge.

What I Use: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Beige

Step 3: Powder/Bronzer
Set your concealer with loose powder. If you have an oily t-zone, apply powder to the rest of your face. Dust a bronzer over cheeks, forehead, nose and chin to add warmth to the skin.

What I Use: MAC Mineralize Skinifinish Natural in Medium Plus; Pixi Nude Shade Wardrobe Palette

Step 4: Blush
Smile and dust a neutral shade of blush on the apples of the cheeks. Blend up towards the hairline then downwards to soften color. Layer a pop of bright blush only on the apples for a longer lasting look.

What I Use: MAC Mineralize Blush Duo in Love Rock

Step 5: Lipstick/Gloss
For the most flattering lipstick shade, use the natural coloring of your lips as a guide choose a color that matches or is slightly darker than your lips.

What I Use: MAC Viva Glam VI Special Edition Lipstick

Step 6: Lipliner
Line your lips after applying lip color to avoid feathering and add natural-looking definition. Use a lip brush to soften and blend any hard edges.

What I Use: MAC Cremestick Pearl Liner in Gingerroot

Step 7: Brows
Define brows with a shadow that matches your hair color. Begin at the inner corner of the brow and follow its natural shape using light, feathery strokes. To soften too-harsh brow color, press loose powder onto brows with a powder puff.

What I Use: Yaby Cosmetics Brow Powder in bp001

Step 8: Eyeshadow
Sweep a light eyeshadow color from lashline to browbone using a brush. Dust a medium color on the lower lid and up to the crease.

What I Use: Pixi Nude Shade Wardrobe Palette

Step 9: Eyeliner
Line the upper lashline with a dark eyeshadow. Dampen the brush before dipping into eyeshadow for a longer-lasting look. Alternatively, use a gel eyeliner. If you line the lower lashline, make sure the top and bottom liner meet at the outer corner of the eye.

What I Use: Pixi Nude Shade Wardrobe Palette

Step 10: Mascara
Curl your lashes and apply mascara by brushing from the base to tip. Roll the wand to separate lashes and avoid clumps.

What I Use: MAC False Lashes Mascara

My finished look:

Photos: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. This was beautiful! I actually did this look today to go out shopping and for an early dinner/happy hour with my mom. It was quick, simple, and will likely be my go to look from now on.

    • Hi Belen,

      Yes gold eyeshadow can still look natural as long as you stick with a muted color (I like Anastasia Brow Duality in Matte Shell / Lace Shimmer).

      To make your eyeliner thin, using a long, slender brush really helps.

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