Editor Nicole Saunders shares her Bobbi Brown beauty routine

24 June 2021

Fashion Quarterly editor Nicole Saunders discovers the dream Bobbi Brown beauty routine that restores health and radiance to skin even once the winter elements and a hectic schedule strike.


There’s nothing quite like blasting air-con, low air humidity and probably a little too long spent trying to warm up in the shower to make a once dewy and luminous complexion a thing of the past. Throw a hectic schedule and finicky pregnancy skin into the mix, and it’s the perfect recipe for a dehydrated, dull complexion. As a result, as many do over the cooler months, I’ve found myself lathering copious amounts of the richest, most hydrating moisturiser I can find onto my visage.

But while I want my skin to be seriously hydrated and radiant all winter long—who doesn’t?—the last thing I want is for it to feel like my skin is greasy or weighed down by my moisturiser. Plus, I want my chosen moisturiser to play nice with the following steps in my routine too. There’s nothing worse than applying your favourite foundation over the top of skincare that pills or hasn’t absorbed into your skin properly.  Fortunately, the Bobbi Brown dream skincare duo—the iconic Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base and recently launched Vitamin Enriched Eye Base—manages to tick many boxes as I discovered.

Ace your base

The cornerstone of any thorough skincare routine is a great cleanser that whisks away not only make-up but impurities such as excess oil, pollution and other daily skin aggressors. Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil has long been a must-have in my daily routine. Whether I’m using it first thing in the morning, or at the end of a long day, it always leaves skin feeling deeply cleansed and refreshed. Long-wearing foundation and waterproof mascara don’t stand a chance with this cleanser: it melts away make-up almost instantly. And most importantly, it’s incredibly gentle and doesn’t just cleanse skin, it nourishes it at the same time with a nourishing botanical oil complex which means skin is perfectly prepped for the next step in my routine – aka Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Eye Base.

Nothing wreaks havoc on the delicate eye area like winter coupled with a busy magazine deadline. Luckily for me, that’s where a hard-working eye cream comes to the rescue. Fans of the original Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base won’t need any convincing to put the Vitamin Enriched Eye Base to the test. Much to my delight it borrows from the iconic moisturiser’s much-loved formula and includes many of the same nourishing ingredients, as well as the Face Base’s divine texture.

It’s sometimes difficult to find an eye cream that nourishes skin without feeling too heavy, but Vitamin Enriched Eye Base does just that. The formula’s combination of hydrating shea butter and miracle ingredient, hyaluronic acid work quickly to keep skin moisturised.  The formula’s hero ingredients – a powerful combo of vitamins – boost skin health and radiance. Vitamin C enhances radiance and vitamin B speeds up the skin’s rejuvenation process while strengthening its protective barrier.
Dark and puffy circles are a thing of the past too as a hint of caffeine refreshes tired-looking eyes almost.

After regular use, both morning and evening, I notice that the delicate eye area – which is always the first place to reveal any lifestyle changes – is more radiant and hydrated than usual.  In short, it’s the perfect beauty companion to keep skin and eyes looking fresh and youthful all winter long.

The multi-tasking must-haves

Just like with the Eye Base, one of the first thing that’s immediately noticeable about much-loved Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base is that it looks and feels like an incredibly rich and nourishing moisturiser – just what I need in my winter skincare routine. On application, one might expect to find the formula quite heavy on the skin but I discover the opposite is true. Surprisingly, the clever formulation absorbs incredibly quickly into my skin: in other words, it has all the benefits of a rich, nourishing moisturiser combined with the sought-after features of a lightweight formula. 

But its lightweight, fast-absorbing properties don’t mean that results have been sacrificed. Packed with a seriously nourishing combo of shea butter, vitamins B, C, and E, Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base works hard to keep skin hydrated and healthy right around the clock. And the benefits are noticeable almost immediately – my skin feels smoother, more supple and ready to face whatever the winter elements might throw at it.

While I’m never one to skimp on skincare, applying a primer prior to my foundation has never been my strongest suit. I do love a beauty routine shortcut, however, and the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base and Vitamin Enriched Eye Base haven’t just been formulated with skin health in mind – the dreamy duo also doubles as primers.

The pair aren’t just the final steps in my skincare routine – they become the first steps in my make-up routine. While other rich and nourishing skincare formulations can make applying your favourite foundation tricky, this prepping and priming duo from Bobbi Brown makes make-up application a breeze. It’s just what I want from my routine – I tend to take a fairly fuss-free approach to my day-to-day make-up and want to be out the door as quickly as possible in the morning. As well as leaving my skin feeling rejuvenated and looking incredibly hydrated, Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base and Vitamin Enriched Eye Base pair perfectly with one of my all-time favourite foundations: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation The foundation – which is packed with skincare benefits including powerful peptides and line-fighting ingredients – glides on like a dreaming following the Vitamin Enriched duo. Before I know it, thanks to an incredibly easy yet effective Bobbi Brown routine, the luminous complexion that often disappears on me once winter shows up has returned once again. Now all I need is a pop of colour courtesy of Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint – my go-to shades are Bare Raspberry and Bare Melon – to brighten up the winter days. True to the Bobbi Brown philosophy, these lip tints are true multi-taskers. Formulated with olive, avocado and jojoba oils, the lip tints keep lips smooth and hydrated throughout the winter months.

The verdict

These days we are undoubtedly spoiled for choice where skincare is concerned. But if you’re anything like me, often all you really want and need is a handful of products that get the job done, are easy to use and address specific skin concerns.

Hydration and luminosity are key concerns for me 365 days a year, but staying on top of these is often harder during the winter. Thanks to the elements my skin tends to become dehydrated, and as a result, a lot less radiant. Fortunately, I worked the Bobbi Brown multi-tasking Vitamin Enriched Eye Base and Vitamin Enriched Face Base into my daily routine in the nick of time.

Skincare – and figuring out what’s right for your skin – can be tricky, but Bobbi Brown makes it easy. For a start, many of the beauty house’s most iconic products are true multitaskers, and the Vitamin Enriched Eye Base and Vitamin Enriched Face Base are no exception.  Because of this, they’re both incredibly easy products to either work into an existing routine or build a new and effective skincare routine around. 

Since serious skincare ingredients are at the heart of both formulations, it was only a matter of time before I started noticing the results from the duo. Overall, my complexion felt and looked hydrated and luminous. Plus, my skin is definitely more resilient and ready to face whatever cold and dreary winter days might bring.    

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