If you’re an over 50 woman, dealing with ever-changing skin care needs and cosmetic challenges…this book is for you.
Toss The Gloss – Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths FOR WOMEN 50 + by Andrea Q. Robinson, is packed with insider information we really need to know!
She is a beauty industry legend with 40 years in the industry. As president of Ralph Lauren fragrances, president of Tom Ford Beauty, beauty editor of Vogue, and chief marketing officer of Estee Lauder, she is the expert with honest answers. She created and launched The Nakeds by Ultima ll for Revlon, which revolutionized the use of neutrals and a natural approach to wearing cosmetics. She’s a believer in Wabi-Sabi, the art of imperfection and making the best of what you have.
Last summer I checked it out the library and almost immediately realized I’d made a tactical error. There was so much valuable information in it… I needed to own it, so I bought a copy.
She cautions that we can’t trust the tricky wording on product advertisements. “Clinical studies prove or show…” Bunk. Carefully worded and not the scientific proof we think we’re getting. Magazines also do not provide “unbiased advice”. Their editor picks and recommendations are not unbiased.
The mega cosmetic companies behind department store brands also manufacture drug store brands. So why pay more? We like to think we’re getting a more luxurious, higher quality product at the department stores but Andrea assures us the trickle down from high-priced lines, happens almost overnight! There’s no reason to pay more for the same product you can buy at the drugstore!
Some highlights of her advice:
- Beware of trends
- Don’t try too hard
- Let go of perfection
- High maintenance has to go
- No harsh lines
- Don’t break the bank
- Dress well when cosmetic shopping. You’ll get more and better attention.
- is like Spanx for the face. It can be drying so use a moisturizing one. This not to be missed step, ensures your foundation or tinted moisturizer goes on smoothly.
- is the “perfect white T-shirt of makeup” it’s best to shop for one with a clean face. Avoid matte or powder foundation as these look caked on an older complexion.
Some laws of foundation:
- Brightening incandescence is the goal
- Look for a foundation that is luminizing
- You want dewy, so use a moisturizing formula
- You’re looking for radiance and glow, not shine
- If your skin is clear opt for a Tinted Moisturizer
- is your friend. Creams are the easiest to control. We want one with low-shine. They’re meant to highlight, not shine like a headlight. Look for one with low shimmer. Avoid pearly white. The highlighter must be at least 2 shades lighter than your foundation and not obviously visible. It should gleam.
- ditch the powder. Cream is the only way to go after 50. It gets applied to the apples of your checks. Then dab and pat highlighter across the top of your cheekbone and under the arch of your eyebrow.
- never use a liquid liner which looks hard and emphasizes lines. Andrea recommends soft pencils that don’t tug our delicate eye skin
- Toss the gloss! Go for a creamy shine… not frost. Look for neutral and skip the beige which flatters no one. No matte lipstick, which looks dry and is aging
This book is packed with information and many other truths we need to know, so I highly recommend you read her book.
- Your foundation and concealer should be the same color. Unlike the old advice of concealer being one shade lighter, which frankly gave the reverse raccoon look to my eyes:)
- Dab a little highlighter to the skin above the sides of your mouth and outer corner of your eyes for an upward ILLUSION. It works!
At the end of the book, Andrea tells us honestly, that she’s had a face lift. And wow, it’s a terrific one! She looks fabulous.
I discussed here my belief that women have the right to choose whether plastic surgery is right for them. It’s a personal choice. Having a face lift, in no way diminishes the wisdom and valuable information she shares…unlike some other reviews have suggested.
“Forget about makeup reclaiming your youth. Good makeup reclaims you!” ~ Andrea Q. Robinson