Bobbi Brown

b. April 14, 1957

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Bobbi Brown until we are able to commission a full entry.

Makeup artist, entropnenur, writer, and designer, Bobbi Brown (b. 1957).

Photo from The Heart Truth.

Tired of the 1980s trends towards gaudy, bright lipstick and eye shadow, Bobbi Brown launched her signature makeup line featuring more natural colors. Brown earned a degree in theatrical makeup from Emerson College and then began doing freelance makeup for magazine covers and model shoots. Unhappy with the over–the–top looks that were popular at the time, Brown worked with a chemist to create ten natural lipstick shades and a line of natural-colored foundation sticks, launching Bobbi Brown Essentials in 1991 at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman. The muted colors were a smash hit with consumers and designers who were shifting away from 1980s trends. When Estée Lauder bought the company in 1995, Brown retained creative control of the makeup line, which generated ten percent of Estée Lauder’s sales in 2012. In 1996 Brown published Bobbi Brown Beauty, her first instruction manual on using makeup to achieve effects like “smoky eye,” or office versus evening looks; as of 2024, she has published nine such books. Brown stepped down from her role with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 2016 to pursue other entrepreneurial ventures, such as renovating and managing The George, a boutique hotel in Montclair, New Jersey. Brown also blogs through justBOBBI. 


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Bobbi Brown." (Viewed on May 29, 2024) <>.