Pick-Me-Up Tricks and More
LHJ.com: What's your best quick pick-me-up trick?
Bobbi Brown: A good concealer is the secret of the universe. When you find the right one -- look for a creamy formula that's yellow-based and blends easily into your skin -- it can instantly brighten your face and make you look wide-awake.
Here's how to apply it: Start by prepping your skin with eye cream -- it creates the perfect canvas for concealer. Then, use your finger or a concealer brush to apply a generous amount of concealer under your eyes, up to the lash line and at the innermost corners of the eye. Smooth and blend by gently tapping with the pads of your fingers. (Be sure not to rub, or you'll wipe everything off.) To keep concealer crease-free, layer with a dusting of pale yellow powder, applied with a powder puff.
LHJ.com: What do you do to de-stress?
Bobbi Brown: Regardless of how hectic my life gets, I always squeeze in time for exercise and healthy eating. I discovered the Lotte Berk workout [an exercise routine based on modern dance and yoga moves] years ago and have been a fan ever since. It makes me feel strong, toned and flexible, and gives me positive energy and a better sense of self.
When I'm on the go, I steer cleer of caffeine and carry a thermos filled with hot water and a big slice of lemon to help me feel refreshed and awake. I avoid the temptation to snack on junk and stay healthy by packing a bag filled with energy bars, nuts, and vitamins.
LHJ.com: Your professional mantra is "Keep it simple, real and approachable." How do you try to apply this guideline to your personal life?
Bobbi Brown: Over the years I've learned how important it is to prioritize and keep things in perspective. Family and friends make me happy and keep me balanced. I take care of my personal well-being with exercise and lots of water. I try to have long term goals and mini goals. It helps to have a plan that you can re-evaluate regularly, and adjust according to where your life takes you. And most importantly, I listen to my heart ... not always to my head. If your heart says it feels right, listen. Instinct always leads us in the right way.
For more about Bobbi Brown, go to Bobbibrown.com.
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