Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual Review

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

From all the beauty manuals out there the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual is definitely one of the most famous ones. I was lucky enough to get it as a birthday gift more than one year ago and finally read through all of it last summer. In fact I really don't know why I didn't talk about it over here earlier but as it has become quite a famous book there is probably also the one or the other among you who'd like to know more about it.
So the book claims to be a manual "for everyone from beginner to pro". Of course I can't talk about the pro aspect because I don't work with makeup professionally and I'm not even exceptionally good at it as a private person. So the view you will get is that of a normal girl who has been using makeup almost all her life and who has read countless makeup advices in magazines.
Let's start off with the design and layout. The font is all held in black and pink and the pics are all really modern and neat. While the jacket of the book is really pretty, the actual cover is quite boring with just pencils on it.
The writing style is unfortunately a bit distant and clinical and you can feel that the book has rather been written for pros and mature women than for young girls.
The good part about this book however is that it covers really everything you need to know about facial beauty. Be it equipment, skincare or makeup for every age and occasion: the book talks about it all. I especially liked the part about essential makeup equipment as it doesn't only tell you what you need but also where you can get it and how you can maintain it. Really handy is also the page about the expiration date of cosmetics. Then there was also a chapter about skincare which is an important matter for me. This chapter doesn't only cover cleansing and creaming but also the right food and lifestyle. The manual helps you find your skin type and introduces all the available products from eye-makeup remover to sunscreen.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual Look Inside

Every makeup tutorial (be it just the application of concealer) is illustrated by step-by-step pics and you always get special advices for every skin color. Furthermore there is an instruction for every mentioned product (for example separate tutorials for the application of powder blush and cream blush). In fact the makeup tutorials might at some point appear a little trivial but one must not forget that it is a book for beginner and pro alike. What I like are the little advices in between like "rules for the bride" or "bad-day beauty".
The part about professional makeup art talks a lot about how to establish as a makeup artist or about how the makeup needs to be different for pics, magazines or movies.
The book finishes off with the history of cosmetics, a who is who and a list of relevant addresses in the US.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual Asian look

All in all it probably is a nice book for those who really only just start off with makeup but I wouldn't say it taught me that much. I might reread the parts about equipment and skin health but I feel that I can find more interesting makeup tutorials on the internet.
Have you read this book or a similar one? Does anybody of you own Lauren Conrad's Beauty book?


  1. hi Carmen..i think this book is amazing, so interesting..

  2. I didnt read it, neither the one by Lauren Conrad. This last is onto my wishlist and hope to get it soon. I have read the Kevin Aucoin Making Faces and is my fav :) Kisses Carmen! xo

  3. I don't have this or any other similar books (yet?) but I must say that I'm intrigued. Mostly because I suspect that the photography is crazy good.:) But it's very ballsy of them to publish such a book, since you can get every tutorial imaginable on YouTube and blogs nowadays. Props for the new header too, babe.;)

  4. i absolutely love bobbi brown!!

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  5. Well sign me up to get this book - I actually never got these kinds of books but I could probably use it as I'm horrible with makeup haha. Love Bobbi Brown!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  6. I have never actually read a makeup book! But I think I will order Lauren Conrad's book soon on Amazon! :)


  7. I have never read a make-up book, but it looks interesting! xo

  8. Great book ! Curious to discover it !

  9. I need to buy my copy asap, sounds so helpful! Thanks for your great comment, whether or not you're celebrating, from one blog friend to another...Happy Valentines Day!

  10. I just invest in this, I am hopeless with beauty, especially smokey eyes! Eeek!


  11. I def. want to buy LC's beauty book. She's a guru!

  12. I ´d like to watch that book
    new post:

  13. What a well-written review! :-) I have heard many people rave about the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, but have yet to check it out myself! I love that it is targeted to both pros & beginners though! I am so with you; I am definitely no makeup expert, but I can do very basic looks with eyeliner and eyeshadow!

    But, what's sad is that I've never even tried Bobbi Brown makeup products before! :o I've always fallen for MAC or any line from Sephora, but now, I am dying to try some of her products! Do you have any recommendations? :-)

    You have such a lovely blog! ^_^ I am now following you on GFC. Hoping we can stay in touch!

    ♥ Kelsey
    ♥ ♡ ♥ Runaway In LA ♥ ♡ ♥

    PS: Love your little comment tidbit about how a "blog w/o comments is like Disneyland w/o children". What a great metaphor!

  14. Vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar! :)

    Das Buch schmachte ich auch schon länger an, irgendwann kaufe ich es mir!! :)

    Viele Grüße,
    Verena von whoismocca.com
    Bloglovin' // Facebook

  15. Toller Post! Ich liiebe Bobbi Brown, bin nur leider was das schminken angeht mehr als unfähig und probiere selten Neues aus..aber das Buch ist echt eine Überlegung wert :)

    Schönen Valentinstag und ein tolles Wochenende wünsch ich dir! :)
    LG Aline

  16. I don't have any make-up books as I've always been doing my own stuff and learned through trial and error. It would probably interesting to flick through such a book to get some inspiration.

  17. I want that book, looks great!!



  18. Ich habe es von meinem Schatz zu Weihnachten bekommen und finde es umwerfend! Die Bilder sind einfach toll! Einfach schön zum Blättern :-)

    Liebste Grüße aus Nürnberg

  19. I wasn't even aware she had this book out. It's really pretty! I don't know why they insist on making things so technical (writing style). It's already stressful enough to apply makeup (when you don't know). HAHAHA Great review Carmen! I'll check it out next time I'm at the bookstore.

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