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To celebrate our 15th year, The Sephora Glossy editor Holly Siegel asked Bobbi Brown to remember hers.

Celebrated makeup artist. Bestselling author. Inspired philanthropist. Bobbi Brown probably didn’t know she would be all of the above and more when she was 15—but sounds like she did have the makings of a beauty guru (ok, maybe minus the iodine thing).

Where were you when you were 15?
I was living in the suburbs of Chicago and was a sophomore in high school.

What was your beauty look like?
I experimented with color in middle school but found my look by high school. I always liked a natural look, so I wore makeup, but I always looked like myself.

What was your favorite beauty product when you were 15?
A cream bronzer stick and misty lilac nail polish. From the drugstore!

What is one product do you wish existed or that you knew about when you were 15?
Moisturizers with SPF—or just sunscreen in general. I grew up worshipping the sun, wearing baby oil and iodine to get darker. Nobody really used sunscreen, but I wish I had.

Do you remember the first time you set foot in a Sephora? What was your impression?
I was in Paris and at first was overwhelmed by how big the store was, how crowded with people it was, the intense energy and multiple product offerings…. I loved it and thought it was very modern and cool—a different way to experience makeup.

What beauty advice would you give your 15-year-old self?
I would advise my 15-year-old self to use sunscreen and NOT pluck my eyebrows—let them remain natural, even when thin brows were in.

Know any 15-year-olds now? What do they do with their beauty that you love?
My son is 15, so I’m around a lot of 15-year-olds. The boys care about skincare and grooming at a much earlier age now, and the girls are experimenting with sparkle eye shadow, glitter lip gloss and black liner—thankfully, not all at once!