Celebrity insider: Bobbi Brown’s coastal retreat

Bobbi Brown first cut her teeth in the makeup industry on a shoot for Vogue, which she bluffed her way into assuring organisers that she could ‘do’ hair and makeup.

Brown told Into the Gloss that she then “went to the store and bought every hair product I could think of. On the day of the shoot, the model showed up and she had this short hair. I was really lucky, because I would have been screwed!”

Having studied Theatrical Makeup and Photography at Emerson College in Boston, Brown worked her way up the career ladder to reach her goal of managing the makeup for a cover of Vogue, which incidentally was model Naomi Campbell’s first cover too. However, Brown soon realised she didn’t want the lifestyle that came with being a freelance makeup artist.

So, after getting engaged, becoming pregnant and moving to ‘the suburbs’ in New Jersey, Brown started on a new path: developing a collection of edited, natural-looking makeup.

Today, Brown is the founder and CCO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, has authored eight books and is the contributing beauty and lifestyle editor of America’s ‘Health’ magazine.

Brown’s escape from the day to day management of her empire is one hour’s drive from New York City. It’s a shingled, five bedroom, four bathroom home on the oceanfront of Bay Head, New Jersey.

The interiors are quintessentially ‘Bobbi Brown’, with natural timbers and elegant, relaxed and timeless decor and colours, while classic Ralph Lauren chairs, a 19th century farm table and a Louise Vuitton trunk. Take a look…

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Photos by Alice Gao. Images from here.