As promised in my previous post on Bobbi Brown's newest book, I'm posting looks I created inspired by her Pretty Powerful book using Bobbi's To-Go kit and Extreme Party mascara. 

The To Go Palette houses eight best-selling eyeshadow shades and comes with a shadow brush; The Extreme Party mascara delivers volume, separation and flexibility all at the same time.
But before we go into that, I want to share some of the tips and tricks we learned from Kai Vinson, personally trained and handpicked by Bobbi herself to be the brand's makeup trainer in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Kai chose to use Bobbi's signature products such as the Creamy Concealer Duo, Long-wearing Gel Liner and Eyeshadow in Bone to create a natural look on her first model. He started by prepping the skin using Bobbi's newly launched BB cream. He then finished off with a blush and a lipstick from the Pretty Powerful Uber Basic Fall collection.

Some helpful tips and tricks from Kai:
  • A BB cream's purpose depends on what you want to achieve. A light layer makes it a perfect base primer and a heavier layer can already serve as your foundation. It all depends on your application.
  • When putting on blush, extend to the hairline. You don't want a clownish circle on those cheeks!
  • The secret to recreating an eye design is in the shape and size of the eye brush you're using.
  • Lash primers do elongate and thicken the lashes but if it's white, skip it. Instead, use a volumizing mascara and then add some lengthening mascara on the tips of the lashes to mimic the effect of a lash primer.
  • Choose a lipstick shade lighter or darker than your natural lip color for a more natural look.
Some of the palettes from the Holiday 2012 collection 
For the second look, Kai used the Caviar and Oyster palette from their Holiday 2012 collection that features eight eyeshadows and a blush highlighter. This beautifully edited palette combines different textures and finishes to create a multitude of party and special occasion looks. He also used Extreme Party mascara to further enhance the eyes of his second model to further intensify the smoky eye he created.

L: Model #1's soft pretty look using Uber Basics collection; R: Model #2's strong natural look using Holiday 2012 collection 
Now, to my own interpretation of "Pretty Powerful" looks inspired by the book:

Out of the seven 'Pretty' types in the book, I've chosen to recreate five looks by following Bobbi Brown's makeup tips and face chart in her Pretty Powerful book. Thanks to Kai Vinson's tips, I was able achieve these looks more effortlessly.

Pretty Natural

Looking natural means using neutral tones according to the natural shades present in your skin tone. The beige and brown tones from the Bobbi Brown To-Go kit helped me give Germaine a natural yet enhanced look.

Pretty Radiant

With my bride Mau, I wanted her skin to exude radiance and a certain glow that brides usually have on their wedding day. To achieve this, I used Bobbi Brown's  Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz. She was definitely beaming that day! 
Pretty Classic

The theme of my debutante's party was Moulin Rouge. It was the perfect time to do a classic look inspired by the 1940's. Since we're already using red lipstick (which usually matures), I didn't want to make Rachelle look a day over 18 by intensifying her eyes too much. A perfect doe-eyed line using Bobbi Brown's Long Wearing Gel liner in black and two coats of Extreme Party mascara was all she needed to complete the Pretty Classic look yet still look her age.

Pretty Authentic

Being authentic means playing up your features to express who you are. With Cheena, who's a Filipino-Chinese, I didn't want to vie away from her heritage. I chose not to alter but rather emphasize the shapes of her facial features. The idea was to bring out her true self and maintain her identity. 

Pretty Strong

The women Bobbi featured under the Pretty Strong category are women who have strong features and didn't need much products to add definition. She suggested using no-fuss products that would just enhance and wouldn't further emphasize the strong contours of their faces (and characters). I have pretty strong features - I have square jaws and my eyebrows have high arches - so I've decided to just do this look on myself. I didn't use intense colors anymore and instead just used Bobbi Brown's BB cream to even out my skintone and Pot Rouge in Fresh Melon on my cheeks and lips.

As a makeup artist, dealing with different people from celebrities to real women made me realize that we all have our own issues, things that challenge us and days when we don’t always feel our best. Knowing what you can do at any given time to look and feel better is pretty powerful.  

For more info on Bobbi Brown's Pretty Powerful book, click here.

Bobbi Brown's Pretty Powerful Uber Basic collection and Holiday 2012 collection are now available in Bobbi Brown counters in Rustan’s Makati (812-2507), Rustan’s Shangri-La (633-4636) and Essenses Rockwell (822-9400). Avail the To-Go Kit for free with a minimum purchase of P7,000 of any Bobbi Brown products starting October 27.