I was excited to review the new beauty book Toss the Gloss by Andrea Q. Robinson. Andrea’s illustrious career spans more than forty years, with chief roles at Estee Lauder, Tom Ford Beauty, Ralph Lauren Fragrances and editorial at Seventeen, Vogue and Mademoiselle.
Since I’m trying to age gracefully I was eager to read Andrea’s “beauty tips, tricks and truths” for women 50 plus. The guide is overflowing with practical information for boomer girls.
I like Andrea’s friendly attitude about beauty and her book’s conversational tone. At times I felt like I was chatting with an old friend who happened to be a makeup maven. According to Andrea: “The right makeup, used the right way, is the most powerful weapon in your beauty arsenal. Good makeup reclaims you. Not youth.”
♥ Andrea says that “letting go of perfection and embracing your flaws makes you more beautiful, more noticeable, more accessible, more real.” (I agree Andrea. I agree.)
♥ Andrea laments that “fear of change is for old ladies.” She says to “look in the mirror and decide if your makeup routine is still working.” (I did this a year ago when I retired from my full time job. I totally slimmed down and most days use very little eye makeup.)
♥ Andrea advises that “makeup routines for women 50 plus should be effortless – not more than 10 minutes.” (That’s about the time it takes me each morning to finish my face. Well, perhaps 15 minutes. How about you?)
♥ Andrea says that “you don’t need to spend a lot of money to look good. Maybe a few pricey pieces but the rest can be bought at the drugstore.” (I do like my Bobbi Brown eyeshadows, blush and lipstick, and prefer Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara. As for moisturizers, I often purchase these skin care items at places like Ulta, Target or CVS.)
My Favorite Beauty Tips From Mrs. Robinson
Andrea has so many useful tips in her book. Here are a few pointers I plan to practice during my life after 50:
♥ “Beauty comes from within a very small makeup bag.” (I did exactly what Andrea said and last week I dumped every cosmetic product I’ve owned longer than a year into a garbage bag. I went into my cabinets and scooped up old lipsticks, eye pencils, lip liners, foundations and nail polishes. Sweep, sweep, sweep, out the door.)
♥ “To get more longevity, keep your cosmetics in a plastic box with a tight lid and store products in a cool, dry place, removed from moisture and light.” (Oh no, oh no, my cosmetics are in a plastic box with a tight lid right next to my bathroom sink. Note to self: Move makeup as soon as possible — quickly before it all gets damaged.)
♥ “Sharpen lip and eyeliner pencils after each use to remove moisture-causing bacteria which contaminates pencils. Periodically wipe lipstick with alcohol wipes.” (Check, check. Done.)
♥ “Use sunscreen everyday at least SPF 30. Sun damage is the #1 cause of wrinkles.” (I use Skinceuticals Fusion UV Defense Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 50 year-round. I’ve been trying to remember to put sunscreen on my hands too. Lately there are so many more brown spots on my hands.)
♥ “Good skin care includes sleep and exercise.” Andrea notes that “our skin cells regenerate when we sleep and that increased blood flow and circulation nourishes skin cells.” (Well there goes that. My menopausal skin is already drier, thinner and less elastic due to lower estrogen levels. Menopausal moments that awaken me at night or prevent a good night’s sleep don’t help matters. Thankfully I’m getting lots of exercise these days –hope my yoga, bicycling and walking will help improve things. I use Skinceuticals CE Ferulic on my face to counteract all the free radicals that are in the environment – it’s really good – very pricey. Andrea has CE on her list too, as does Martha Stewart and other mature celebrities.)
♥ “Always wash your face before going to sleep.”Andrea says that “retinoids are the only proven anti-aging compound that reduces lines and wrinkles. She says to “only use retionoid products at night.” (I never go to bed without first removing my makeup. I’ve tried ROC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum, which is one of the products mentioned in the book. I find retinoid to be too drying for my skin.)
Andrea shares more tips about concealers, primers, highlighters, foundation, and a whole lot more in Toss the Gloss. You’ll have to buy the book to read them all.
No matter what makeup you choose to put on your face, remember that beauty is more than skin deep. It comes from inside you. During your life after 50, Andrea says “love your lines, you’ve earned them. Your lines are what make your face interesting.”
I like Andrea’s overall message. Thanks for this!
Lori, glad you found Andrea’s tips helpful. She is an expert. See you at BlogHer 2014.
I definitely do not feel as if makeup is my friend these days. I’d love to read more of Andrea’s advice.
Jamie, I agree on the makeup front. I can’t wear the trendy dark colors or eyeliners. I like to keep things simple during my life after 50.
Some good advice there. As a beauty blogger for women over 40, I’ve had a tough time getting an older readership beyond my girlfriends. So many woman over 50 have told me that they still wear the same makeup they wore 30 years ago, some have makeup that is more than 10 years old (yuck), and most don’t know that their skincare and makeup needs now aren’t what they were 30 years ago. Also, there are techniques that didn’t exist years ago that are flattering for 50+ women, e.g. tightlining. I agree that a look in the mirror is a good start!
Allison, you are an expert beauty blogger too so your readers should listen to your advice. My skin is so much drier at this age and I definitely have to lather on the sunscreen.
What wonderful advice for women our age. I hope I win this fabulous book. Adding managing stress and hydration are important to our skin and well being as well.
I hope you win too. Good adds regarding stress and drinking lots of water. Thanks!
What a super post. I thought I was being diligent and do a sweep of my cosmetics and ditch every year. It seems I’m missing out on a stack of really useful tips and I have not only bookmarked this post but shall be linking it to my blog too so my followers over 50 can learn from it. I’m also off to buy the book. A gal can never have too much help.
Carol, so glad you found the information helpful. I will definitely check out your blog.
One of the main things I’ve mentioned for the summer is the desire to wear more dresses. Cotton ones and reminiscent of the 1950’s full skirt style. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I hope you shared this giveaway on my giveaway page .. Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop ♥
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Katie, will definitely check out your blog and enter your giveaway too. Enjoy your summer.
Judi, I read a review of this book in the NYT and it looked like it could be a great shot in the arm for those of us in her demographic. Thanks for adding your review and including some of her very solid ideas.
Yes, I read that article in the NYT too. It’s nice to see more info targeted to our age group.
The book sounds wonderful! I could use a pick me up after finally retiring from my job. I am looking forward to the flower patterns in the dresses for spring and summer. I am tired of geometric!
Sandi, congrats on retiring from your job. Enjoy your new freedom. You’ll need less dresses and makeup. I’ve found that I live in pants, tees and leggings now. It’s wonderful.
Awesome! I will definitely teach all these tips to my mom.
Glad they were helpful.
Some great tips! I’m over 50 now and my makeup looks best when I exfoliate and hydrate my skin well. And stay consistent about it.
Monica, exfoliating weekly is a good idea to get rid of the dry skin.