One of the things I like most about Bobbi Brown's approach to makeup is that it's not all trend all the time. Not that trends aren't important -- ignoring them is what lands some women in the same-look-since-9th-grade rut. Makeup pro Brown is certainly down with trends, but still she likes a good neutral, healthy cheeks and makeup that suits her subject's lifestyle as well as features. If you've never flipped through any of her books, make a point of doing so. You'll see images of beautiful women (not all models) of all ages and all backgrounds. You'll also see that Brown has always been about a good lifestyle and good skincare as well as finding what's right for your unique beauty.
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro (Springboard Press, 2008; $35.50 CAN/$32 US) follows the same BB principles. Whether you consider yourself completely inept, or you need to crowbar yourself out of a deep makeup rut, the clear photos and simple step-by-step instructions will serve you well. And if you're a makeup addict, you've likely already picked up Makeup Manual because you can't resist another chance to study a celeb artist's technique and pick up some new tips, including info on how to go pro if that's your dream.