Bobbi Brown: “My Family Is Everything To Me”

Bobbi Brown: "My Family Is Everything To Me"

Renowned makeup artist, Bobbi Brown, is well known for her successful line of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. The 52-year-old entrepreneur and mother of three boys is also proudly promoting her father’s new children’s book, Flights of Marceau: Race to the Rescue. Bobbi sat down with Celebrity Baby Scoop to discuss her father’s new book, what family means to her and some of her best makeup advice.

CBS: Your father Joe has a new children’s book called The Flights of Marceau: Race to the Rescue. Tell us about the book. And how did this come about – has this always been a dream of your father’s?

BB: “When I was little, my father used to tell me and my siblings stories about Marceau, a NYC taxi driver who used to go on all of these great adventures, talk to animals, and travel. We loved these stories.

After he retired, I found manuscripts of some of his stories that he’d written years before, so I decided to get them published for him as a gift for his 70th birthday. I published the stories in a book and put the books in a bookstore in Telluride. When we walked by the bookstore, he saw them in the window and was shocked—he had no idea I had done it. That was the catalyst that got him storytelling again because everyone wanted his book.

He had always dreamed of being a children’s author, and now he is living out this dream. You never know where life will take you. It wasn’t until he retired from being a successful lawyer his whole life that his true passion was revealed to him.”

CBS: What are your top 5 favorite children’s books?

BB: “My top 5 children’s books are: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Amelia Bedelia,
Flights of Marceau: Race to the Rescue, Tales of Peter Rabbit, Nancy Drew series. I either grew up reading these books myself or I shared them with my children, or both. Reading to or with your children is very important, and a great way to bond.”

CBS: Have you always been close with your parents? Tell us about the kind of upbringing you had.

BB: “Yes. My parents always believed in me 100 %. They supported me with every decision I made about school, my career, etc. There was one time when I went home from college and I told my mother that I really had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I wasn’t sure college was for me. She asked me, “If you could do anything what would it be?” I told her I wanted to go to Marshall Fields and play with makeup, so she told me to become a makeup artist. That’s the kind of support I’ve had growing up.”

CBS: What does family mean to you?

BB: “My family is everything to me. I have a career and a business that I am very proud of, but my family always comes first. I make sure to work from home a few days a week and to be involved in every aspect of my family life.”

CBS: You have 3 sons: Duke, Dylan, and Dakota. Do they enjoy Grandpa’s book? Do they enjoy reading?

BB: “My boys love to read, and yes, they are very excited to see their grandfather’s stories being published. My father used to tell them the stories of Marceau when they were little also, so they are very proud.”

CBS: What is your best makeup advice for us busy moms? What are the essentials within your collection?

BB: “The best makeup advice I have for busy moms is to use just the basics to put your best face forward and get you out the door. I suggest a concealer to really brighten up your under eye area, making you look well rested and refreshed, a mascara to make your eyes pop, a blush to instantly give your face a lift and finally a lip gloss to polish off the look.”

CBS: What’s the worst makeup felony that most women commit?

BB: “To not wear any makeup. I know we are all busy and have a lot going on, but you want to make sure to at least put a few things on. Looking pulled together will help you feel confident.”

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