Bobbi Brown Book- Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty

Bobbi Brown Book- Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty

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46 reviews

52% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Dated makeup dated book



on 9/8/2011 4:35:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

Actually I cannot say that i would buy it again as I borrowed it from the library, but if i had bought it, I would buy it again. I'm in high school, and started experimenting with makeup in grade 7, the same year i read this book. Girls all around me had started wearing makeup, but they did not do it subtly! I liked looking natural, so I don't look like I should be on a red carpet instead of in a classroom. This book talks about how to do makeup appropriate for your age and had a whole section on makeup for Asian girls. Im chinese and have issues putting on eyeshadow. Other books would talk about sweeping the shadow on your lids then applying it to your crease. I looked like a racoon when i finished. Im definitly glad that I found this book as it was very helpful to me!


on 11/11/2009 2:55:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Buying this at a book fair when I was 12 is one of the smartest moves I've ever made. It was such a help. Some people are complaining about the lack of actual instruction in it. I was never bothered by that. I really appreciated her emphasis on ALL types of beauty. There are even specific chapters for makeup according to race, which is very helpful. There are excellent photo examples in this book. I was so inspired by her use of color, especially on the lips and cheeks. This book helped ease me into that transition between being a little girl and wearing absolutely nothing on my face to being a teenager and putting on makeup. I never looked ridiculous. I was able to apply blush, gloss, eyeshadow, mascara and everything else in a way that looked natural and pretty. I attribute that to this book. Every pre-teen girl should own this book! Even today, at 21, I still refer to it. It covers the basics of skincare and how to look like the best version of yourself possible. I am going to hold onto this book, and if I have a daughter someday, I'll surely pass this along to her.


on 3/10/2010 7:11:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

This is a good book for teenagers just starting out with makeup, or people who don't like complecated looks or do not like wearing too much makeup. It's very simple No contouring of the eyes or cheeks, usually using one solid color on the eyes, and usually using pastels, she reccomends staying away from darker colors which I think is a good idea for teenagers.

This book is not ideal for people wanting to find trendy ways of wearing makeup, or people who are experienced in makeup. This is simply suggesting what colors of blush or foundation to buy, cool colors of eyeshadow, and what products you should have. There is no makeup looks anything like youtube where they apply 3 eyeshadows, contour and blush etc. Bobbi Brown is all about simplicity, and minimalism in this book.

I also agree with another reader who said in the ethnicity section they didn't include arabs or middle eastern countries. I am a fair redhead with sevral freckles and I also felt left out, although I am not "ethnic" I do have unique features.

Simply put, this is great for people starting out with makeup, any one who wants creative, sexy makeup looks I wouldn't consider buying this book.

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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Kinky, Coarse

Eyes: Blue

I bought this book thinking it would help me learn how to apply makeup well and achieve the looks suggested while still looking like I wasn't wearing a face full of makeup.

This was such a let down. It was just a bunch of her prattling about what products you should get and sometimes about what you should find it those products. It's more of a self confidence & a what you need to look pretty book. I did not enjoy it.

This would have gotten a 1 lippie but it does have a few gems of knowledge here and there.


on 2/27/2011 11:59:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I'm sixteen years old, and I love makeup. Adore it. I bought this book when I was thirteen. I've been wearing makeup since I was twelve, but I wanted a little more instruction. Reading it at thirteen and reading it at sixteen are two very different experiences. At thirteen, it was a makeup bible of sorts for me. It covered the basics without overdoing it. Now, at sixteen... I just find the makeup in the book to be dull. As a fan of dramatic makeup (dark lips, eyeliner wings, colorful mascara) I can't say that I enjoyed the book as much as I did when I was younger. Great for younger teenagers who are looking for a basic guide to makeup, not for older teens who want to experiment with sexier looks.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Personally, I did not like this book. She talks to teens like we know nothing about make up. One reviewer mentioned that as a makeup artist, she does not like make up very much and I strongly agree! Why does she emphasize the natural look so much? On some of the pages the girls look like they are not wearing any make up at all. Also, it made me so angry that Bobbi mentioned how Asian girls have no role models to look up to. I also don't think Asian teens have low self-esteem...she probably regrets writing that. I think that during the teenage phase, it is good to start experimenting, not just stick to the natural look. There are no rules in applying make up, but Bobbi constantly tells girls not to do this, not to do that, only wear this with your skin tone...etc. Boring! Also, the book is very 'old-school' so this book might have been great for the 90's but not anymore. She was also a hypocrite because she said you don't need to look like a model, but who is on the cover of the book? A model, probably (with obviously UNNATURAL make up)

Don't buy the book....

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on 6/29/2008 7:52:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

This book didn't teach me anything I didn't already know so that was disappointing. It also spoke to the reader as if they were a 10 year old- women and girls of all ages want a little respect :-( This book could have used more pictures and more creative beauty ideas.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Other

Eyes: Blue

I like this book,but not the makeup section.I already know how to do makeup and what I should and shouldnt do,thanks.The other sections were okay,but nothing special really.The book is kind of old and outdated,someone should write a newer one


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Anyone who feels curious about this book should check it out from the library, don't buy it. I'm glad I did that, because really, this book would be a waste of money for anyone who knows anything about makeup. It would make a good gift for preteens, though.
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The foreword by whatsherface (some famous person) was okaayy..I mean, it made me think "God, is that all she thought about when she was a teen? Her beauty?" ..it wasn't deep or anything. Basically, it tells you to "be okay with who are, being a teenager can suck, don't worry, it's not forever." Yawn-inducing...and that's pretty much the rest of the book too.
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The makeovers of different teens was interesting...she brought out their prettiness. V. natural. But as the book progresses, that whole natural-look thing gets so boring. "Be natural..have fun with your makeup!..Smear any colour eyeshadow on, don't bother with how it looks..blahblah." Sooo meh.
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One of the FEW parts where she actually did a gorgeous, makeup-artist-worthy look was like the first page (before the table of contents), on a blonde girl...there was subtle eyeshadow work in like 3 different colours, a shimmery lipgloss, a very beautiful look that looked like Bobbi had actually put some EFFORT & passion into, made her look like a fairy queen. EVERY other look is either ugly, a statement-maker (without being pretty), or boring. Her makeovers of the black girls SUCKED bigtime...beautiful girls covered up by bad foundation and colours that didn't suit them. I could've done a much better job. (There's one picture where you see a black model with WHITE foundation on..she looked gross.)
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There's a part where Bobbi does makeovers at her niece's birthday party...a whole chapter! So cheesy. (The book gets cheesier and cheesier as you progress.) There was also a section for various ethnicities, which was sweet of her. I liked that she included pages for those with mixed backgrounds, because it's so RARE that anyone thinks about those gals, and they really have a beautiful, striking look all their own..the photos really brought that out.
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I agree with Hibby21, I wish she'd included Arabs and desis in this book. Maybe she couldn't think of any famous celebs to put down in those sections for us...but helloo..we don't need Hollywood celebs..we have our own...she could've come up with Nancy Ajram, Haifa Wehbe, Elissa, for the Arab girls...Kajol, Iman Ali, Amna Haq etc for the desis..
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I've noticed this with every beauty book and magazine out there...it's like we don't exist! Look around America, you'll see us EVERYWHERE. Actually, Arabs usually resemble white or Latino people, so maybe just a section for us Afghani/Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi gals? We have a look that doesn't resemble Asian/African/Latino/mixed races...especially our skin. We need our own page, Bobbi!
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So overall, good photography, good confidence-booster, not worth the money though! Won't give you any REAL makeup/beauty tips, just the same old advice stated a dozen different ways to fill up the book. I liked it, and I rate it 4/5.

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