If you pick up a copy of Bobbi Brown’s latest book, “Beauty from the Outside In,” expecting to find it filled with makeup tutorials and trends, you may find yourself disappointed. Because, while the cosmetics guru has long worked with lipstick, foundation and blush, her new method to looking—and feeling—great takes a more holistic approach.
“For me, it’s simple: Your health shows on your face,” Brown, who stepped away from her brand in 2016, writes. “If you take care of yourself—by eating the healthiest foods possible, drinking a ton of water and moving your body every day—it shows. You look good and you feel good. You’re comfortable and confident in your own skin.”
Chapters include topics like food, strength, stress busters, confidence and beauty basics (she had to throw some makeup in there), with tips from industry pros such as supermodel Elle Macpherson, wellness leader Dr. Frank Lipman, actress Olivia Munn, athlete Gabby Reece and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. With the promise of recipes, workouts, skincare routines and more, we dove in. Here are four things we learned:
How to avoid a hangover: After a night out and before bed, drink 8 ounces of coconut water, take a B-complex vitamin and eat a couple of strawberries for a dose of vitamin C. The next day, opt for bone broth with ginger—the collagen is packed with minerals and helps the skin, too.
How to calm down quickly: Inhale for a count of three, then exhale for a count of four and repeat 10 times. “The slightly longer exhale calms you quickly,” meditation teacher Jen Kluczkowski notes. “Continue until you feel more relaxed.”
How to look refreshed: “Putting concealer under my eyes in an upside-down triangle before foundation” is the best makeup trick Munn says she’s learned on a movie set. “It helps draw the light to your eyes.”
How to fall asleep easier: Try a few drops of lavender, clary sage, ylang-ylang or red mandarin in a bath or apply to your wrists, chest, shoulder or neck, says aromatheraphy expert Amy Galper. “Lavender has sedative qualities, clary sage and ylang-ylang relax muscles and red mandarin works to quell nerves,” she says.