Bobbi Brown of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Bobbi began her education at Boston's Emerson College, where she earned a B.F.A. in theatrical makeup. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to make it as a professional makeup artist. She showed her ever-growing portfolio to anyone who would look at it, slowly built up contacts, and experienced the challenges typical of most freelance makeup artists trying to make it in Manhattan.
Bobbi's big breakthrough was her first American Vogue cover. The image was shot by famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier and featured the soon-to-be-supermodel Naomi Campbell, made up by Bobbi Brown. Seven years after arriving to New York City knowing no one, Bobbi was part of the club. The industry took notice.
Ten years into her freelance career, a chance meeting with a chemist at a magazine photo shoot changed everything. "I had the idea to create a lipstick that didn't smell, wasn't dry or greasy, and looked like lips, only better—and I told the chemist about it," she says. In 1991, her 10 lipsticks debuted at the Bergdorf Goodman under the name of Bobbi Brown essentials. Cosmetics empire Estée Lauder bought Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1995, just four years after the company’s inception, and today Bobbi Brown retains creative control of the brand.
In addition to running her company, Bobbi continues to pursue her craft by creating the runway looks for New York Fashion Week. A permanent fixture backstage, she works with the industry’s best designers including Rachel Roy, J. Mendel, Erin Fetherston, Tory Burch and Cynthia Rowley.
Dana Laurie, NFTE Alumnus
Since Dana was 12 years old, she has loved makeup. Her own allergy to a lot of the chemicals in cosmetics made her seek out natural ingredients with which to create her products. In 2006, Dana had to put her dreams on hold when she was forced to deal with a pituitary tumor. Last year when she underwent surgery to remove it, doctors discovered that part of the tumor was malignant. Dana has since had radiation treatments, and all the while she continued to run her cosmetics business, with sales that continue to rise. She is now a junior at the Hewitt School, and when she graduates next year Dana plans to go to college to study entrepreneurship and graphic design or marketing and advertising.