This week the fabulous Kari of Fab Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash. And now that we can count on more than one day of sunshine at a time, our bloggers are deep into spring. For example, Fabulous After 40 shares three styles of spring dresses for women over 40, Aging Backwards has great spring cleaning tips and Positive Living Advocate Barbara Hannah Grufferman chats with a dating coach for advice about dating over 50. At No-Nonsense Beauty Blog I look at ways to layer different skin care products (including sunscreen, antioxidants and serums), to make sure you get the very best results.
Crowd sourcing information on everything from how to do a smoky eye to how to build a chicken coop has become the current standard for acquiring knowledge and skills. I like the girl friend to girl friend feeling of sharing best practices, but I am thrilled when I get the chance to hear how its done from a world class expert. And Andrea Robinson certainly has amazing credentials. Something of a legend in the beauty industry, she has been chief marketing officer of Estee lauder, President of Tom Ford Beauty, Beauty Editor at Vogue and President at Ralph Lauren Fragrances.
But these are just titles and what sets Robinson apart from other beauty executives is her creation of the ” The Nakeds” for Revlon, the revolutionary line of neutral cosmetics that forever changed the way we used make-up. Until the “Nakeds” make-up colors were harsh. Rouge was bright pink, eyeshadow was blue, and lipsticks were basically orange, pink and red. The subtle soft make-up on fashion shoots and films were only available in the hands of skillled make-up artists. Robinson changed all that with a line of almost thirty neutral products that included foundation, powder, eye hadow, blush and lipstick. When they arrived in the 1990, they were bigger than the Hunger Games are today.
With this background, its not surprising that her first book, Toss the Gloss is packed with detailed, always useful information. Like all great experts ( eg Julia Child, Martha Stewart, Mahmet Oz) she drills down into a subject to provide comprehensive advice that is always on point. For example she has an entire 20 page chapter devoted just to make-up foundations. In addition to explaining the pros and cons for different types ( eg anti-acne, oil free, self adjusting, luminizing, cream, stick and whipped) she provides numerous lists of recommendations from both drugstore and designer brands. Robinson does the same for all types of make-up including blush, eye shadow, liners, lipsticks and highlighers.
In addition to which types we should buy, she offers clear and understandable diagrams on better ways to apply make-up. IMO her seven step guide for a lip pencil is alone woth the price of the book. This book is so valuable that I downloaded another copy for my I Pad so that I can take it with me when I hit Sephora.
One last thought: Toss the Gloss was published by Seal Press. This house is committed to producing books for women that cover a wide range of issues. When I see a book from Seal , I know its going to be both relevant and well done.