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A brief history of Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown, the woman behind the huge cosmetics brand soon to celebrate its 20th anniversary, started working as professional make-up artist in 1980 and increasingly became frustrated with the lack of suit-all shades available to her, so often mixed her own. A chance meeting with a chemist lead her to design her own lip colours and in 1991 ten brown-based shades went on sale in Bergdorf Goodman in New York, selling over a 100 in the first day. In 1995, Bobbi sold the empire to Estee Lauder, but the brand still maintains the same ethos it started with – to create make-up for "women who want to look like themselves only prettier and more confident".