In case you missed it, Bobbi Brown announced she was leaving her namesake brand, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, last month—but left without giving any formal comment. Today, Bobbi Brown is speaking out about what it meant for her to close the chapter on her 26-year-old skin-care and color-cosmetics company.
When that news dropped, we were shocked. Mostly, here at Allure, we couldn’t help but wonder if the beauty guru—who has also penned several beauty books in addition to having served as the editor in chief of Yahoo Beauty—would really leave the industry entirely. Now we know: She wrote an essay published today on Refinery29 about her future. And the good news is that Brown confirmed that she is indeed staying in the beauty industry. What’s more, though, is that she’s staying true to the belief upon which her cosmetics line was founded: that makeup isn’t something to be embarrassed by or secretive about, rather than makeup is meant to celebrate authenticity and enhance beauty.
But that’s not all Brown had to say about the makeup industry. In fact, she shared a slew of wisdom in the essay worth preaching—or at least a sharing in a good discussion with your girlfriends. For example, Brown wrote that she “had the privilege of sharing my philosophy of beauty with women all over the world. ‘Be who you are’ has been my mantra, and I am most proud of the way this message has resonated among women of all ages.”
And there’s no doubt that her legacy—and the products behind her legacy—have resonated, too. As the veritable inventor of the no-makeup makeup look two decades before it became a thing, Bobbi Brown is a legitimate beauty icon. One of her books, Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty, published in 2001, introduced me to skincare and makeup on a bit more of a professional level than what I picked up in the drugstore aisle I crawled with my friends. At the time, a junior in high school, I figured reading (and rereading and rereading) her book—and my developing obsession with skincare and makeup—was a hobby at best. But Brown’s book, in fact, helped to inspire my career as a beauty editor in the first place.
So while Brown didn’t reveal much about what’s next, I do know one thing: I’ll be watching, waiting, and likely in love with whatever she’s got coming.