Makeup magnate Bobbi Brown transforms the epithet know-it-all into a compliment. Spend just five minutes with her and it's clear she is a know-it-all of living the goodlife-and we're not talking about blinged-out Bentleys or Ace of Spades magnums, but rather about rhinestone earrings that trump diamonds as the ultimate black-tie sparkle (hers are from J.Crew) or doctor-designed crackers that give you glowing skin (they're called Flackers). "I stop people on the street and say, 'You have the most beautiful haircut; who did it? Where did you get those shoes?'" says Brown, who shares her findings in her best-selling books. For Pretty Powerful (Chronicle), her newest makeup and lifestyle how-to volume, she persuaded women she admires, from friends to celebs to fashion-industry VIPs, to go barefaced for before-and-after makeovers.
You've got everyone from musician Estelle to Spanx founder Sara Blakely in your book. What do all those powerful women share?
They're comfortable in their