For Spring 2010, the makeup-artist-turned-cosmetic-giant is revealing fun before and after shots of "real women" – friends who have inspired Brown with their integrity and passions.
"This past year with the economy becoming more challenging, I saw it as an opportunity to press the reset button and figure out what really makes sense to me. And I realized that all these women I know are so beautiful because of their confidence in what they know, and I want to celebrate that," Brown tells us, as she spilled the secrets to a few of her favorite makeovers.
The campaign – called "Pretty Powerful" – will launch next week with a gallery of before and afters that range the full gamut from conservative to indie hip.
And if you don't wield a makeup brush and flip cam like Michelle Phan, you can check out the entries and vote on the final five finalists while earning cash for a girl power cause at the same time. Brown will donate $1 per vote to Dress for Success – a charity that provides underprivileged women with interview suits and guidance on starting a new career.
Since the term "powerful makeup" has us envisioning the dark contouring and fuchsia pink lipstick of 80s days gone by, we had to ask what the phrase means in today's post-Flashdance world.
"It's makeup that makes a woman feel confident, powerful and beautiful. Power is not shoulder pads, success or fame – it's someone who feels comfortable in their skin," Brown tells us.
And there are some amazing celeb role models to look to for examples of a powerful makeup style.
"Jennifer Aniston always looks put together, flawless – never overdone. Mary J. Blige has more of a rock 'n roll vibe, yet always looks confident and totally comfortable," says Brown. "And Meryl Streep is one of the sweetest people – she's so subtle and understated yet completely polished," Brown says of the Oscar-winning legend who she has personally painted.
Leading ladies and cosmetic mavens who sport natural beauty with class? We love that.