About the Book

Toss the Gloss, Updated Edition

Toss the Gloss

Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+

By Andrea Q. Robinson
Illustrated by Chesley McLaren
Second Edition, Fall 2016
216 pages, 7″ x 9″
Trade Paperback
Full Color

Price: $24.00 USD
ISBN: 9781580056212
ebook ISBN: 9781580056496

About the Book

Illustration by Chesley McLaren.

Illustration by Chesley McLaren.

“Forget about makeup reclaiming youth,” says Andrea Q. Robinson. “Good makeup reclaims you.” Robinson, whose illustrious career has included positions such as the chief marketing officer of Estée Lauder, president of Tom Ford Beauty, beauty editor of Vogue, and president of Ralph Lauren Fragrances, is the ultimate industry insider. Now, she shares her decades of experience in this honest and straightforward guide for women fifty and over.
In Toss the Gloss, readers will learn:

  • Why the right cosmetics, not anti-aging skincare, will help you look your youthful best.
  • How to recognize the seduction of beauty-industry tactics designed to get you to spend more money than you need to.
  • Gimmick-free tips and easy-to-follow shortcuts to make the most of your features.

Stylishly illustrated by Chesley McLaren, this inspiring book is a reader’s guide to feeling fresher, healthier, prettier, and more confident—at any age.

About the Author

Photo courtesy of the author.

Photo courtesy of the author.

Andrea Q. Robinson is known for her many leadership positions in the cosmetics industry. She directed and served as president of several of the industry’s most outstanding luxury brands, including Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Prescriptives, Ultima II, Helena Rubenstein, Germaine Monteil, Alexandra de Markoff, and Bill Blass. She also served as Chief Marketing Officer of Estée Lauder and consulting CEO for a line of cosmetics in development for one of the world’s most well-known makeup artists. Prior to her corporate positions, she was a magazine editor for Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen, where she created and reported on both beauty and fashion trends and discovered and developed several of the industry’s biggest talents, including makeup master Kevyn Aucoin.

Andrea’s mission in the beauty business has always been to help women look like and be themselves—only better. This concept has driven her creation of revolutionary industry trends and fostered her passionate interest in cosmetics for her generation. She has been recognized as an innovative business leader whose skill set has helped redefine the concept of beauty for the modern woman. Andrea has served on the boards of Cosmetic Executive Women and The Fashion Group International and has received multiple awards such as Cosmetic Executive Women’s “Legends and Leaders” award, Women’s Wear Daily’s “Marketing Innovator of the Year” award, and several back-to-back FiFi awards (the Oscars of the beauty industry) for “Fragrance Star of the Year.”

Andrea has two children and lives in New York City. Find out more about Andrea at

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  • Finally! A marvelous and charmingly illustrated book on beauty for all of the millions of us women who are over fifty and longing to look our very best without resorting to the pathetic solution of over-painting ourselves to pretend we are still thirty-five. Andrea Robinson has a lifelong list of the most distinguished credentials in the beauty business, and no one could be a better, more inspiring mentor. With Toss The Gloss, she has given us an exceptional guide to help us look and feel our very best.

    Ali MacGraw
  • I have known Andrea since she was a young fashion editor at Mademoiselle magazine. Even then, she had real instincts about how women wanted to look and feel. Eventually that sensibility and vision extended to include what women want and need at every age. Over the years, I’ve admired Andrea’s creativity and passion for beauty both in the pages of Vogue and in business. I am so happy that Andrea will be sharing her rare expertise and personal beauty perspective in this unique book for women 50 and over. Real beauty, like real style, has no age.

    Ralph Lauren
  • This is, surely, a book for a very savvy woman written by Andrea Robinson, a leader and expert in the beauty world and a good looking woman who obviously follows her own advice. Toss The Gloss, a fascinating discovery of ‘tips, tricks and truths’ about beauty for women 50 and over, is a very smart book: straight talking and thinking, and thoroughly engaging with colorful anecdotes and charming drawings. You will want to read this book, learn from it, and enjoy it. And certainly, now and then, remember Andrea’s wise words, ‘Toss the gloss’.

    Grace Mirabella
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