Our History

1980         With a Degree in theatrical makeup from Emerson College, Bobbi heads for New York City to work as a professional makeup artist.
1981 Bobbi scores her first editorial shoot – with Glamour.
Bobbi teams up with renowned photographer Demarchelier and supermodel Naomi Campbell for her first Vogue cover.
1990 Working with a chemist, Bobbi creates 10 super wearable lipstick colours: Salmon, Beige, Raisin, Brown, Rise, Pink, Orange, Blackberry, Burnt Red and Red.
1991 The Bobbi Brown Essentials line of lipsticks debuts at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Bobbi expects to sell 100 lipsticks the first month and ends up selling them in the first day.
1992 Bobbi changes the face of makeup with the launch of her unique yellow-toned shades of foundation stick.
1993 With the beauty buzz growing, Bobbi Brown Essentials opens up its first counter at Neiman Marcus in Dallas Texas.
1994 Bobbi appears on Oprah and the Today Show and her sales sky rocket. Bobbi Brown Essentials goes international, debuting in Harrods in the UK.
1995 Bobbi debuts her skincare line, designed to prepare skin for flawless makeup application. Bobbi sells her beauty empire to Estee Lauder Companies.
1996 Bobbi authors her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty sells over 100,000 copies and makes the New York Times Best Seller List. 

Bobbi launches bobbibrown.com  
1996 Bobbi secures a monthly spot as guest beauty editor on NBC's Today Show. Bobbi is honoured for her achievements in the makeup industry at Glamour's "Women Of The Year Awards."
2000 Bobbi authors her second book Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty and secures a spot of the New York Times Best Seller List.
2001 Bobbi celebrates the 10th anniversary of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Bobbi Brown forms year round partnerships with Dress for Success and Jane Addams High School. 

Bobbi's innovative Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner debuts and garners Allure's "Best of Beauty" award and InStyle's "Best Beauty Buys" award. 
2002 Bobbi Brown Cosmetics sets up headquarters in Soho at 575 Broadway. 

Bobbi publishes her book, Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution; it debuts on the New York Times Best Seller List. 
2003 Bobbi's iconic Shimmer Brick becomes a permanent part of the line. Today, one Shimmer Brick is sold somewhere in the world every minute!
2005 Bobbi creates Pot Rouge, an instant favourite that receives editorial awards from Cosmopolitan and Seventeen.
2007 Bobbi debuts on QVC and sets a record for the biggest one hour beauty launch in the home shopping channel’s 20 years history.

Bobbi’s fourth book, Bobbi Brown Living Beauty, scores a covered spot on the New York Best Times Best Seller List. 

Bobbi celebrates her 50th birthday by raising over $1million of Dress For Success 10th Anniversary Gala. 

Bobbi unveils the studio in Montclair, N.I, featuring the brand’s first freestanding store, training space and studio for editorial shoots. 
2008 Bobbi's fifth book, Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, becomes an instant best-seller. Inspired by her philosophy that makeup should be simple, real and approachable, Bobbi launches Customizable Beauty

Bobbi is presented with Fashion Group International's Beauty Star Award.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics opens its second freestanding store in Raleigh, North Carolina and the first overseas freestanding store in Middle East at Bahrain City Centre. 
2009 Bobbi attends the inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Biden, an she does the makeup for DR. Jill Biden. 

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics launches its first social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. 

BobbiBrown.com gets a makeover, its first redesign since its inception in 1996.

Bobbi Brown University is launched at Emerson College and Montclair State University.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics opens freestanding boutiques in Aoyarna, Japan; France ION Orchard, Singapore; and two more stores in the Middle East. 
2010 Bobbi Brown Cosmetics launches Pretty Powerful. Featuring before and after photos of “real women”, this advertising campaign breaks new ground in the beauty industry. 

Bobbi writes her sixth book, Beauty Rules. Bobbi becomes the contributing Beauty & Lifestyle editor of “Beauty Rehab” a monthly column in Health. 

Bobbi is appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) the U.S government’s senior trade advisory panel. 

Bobbi opens her 9th and 10th freestanding stores in Shanghai and Argentina, making Bobbi Brown Cosmetics available in more than 980 doors and 56 countries.  
2011 Bobbi Brown Cosmetics- the 1st makeup artist brand founded by a woman, celebrates its 20th anniversary.