This Is What 41 Looks Like

Rather than posing the questions, More’s beauty director, Genevieve Monsma, jumps at the chance to answer them

By Genevieve Monsma
genevieve monsma
Genevieve Monsma
Photograph: Melanie Acevedo

On landing in the beauty biz “I worked evenings at a Dior makeup counter in my twenties—and I intended to become a dermatologist until a writing professor persuaded me to major in English/journalism. So my job now is kind of the culmination of those early interests.”

On the downside of an updo “I love the look of a cool blonde chignon—Grace Kelly did it best—and this has been my default style for years. Problem is, pulling my hair back has left me thinning at the temples. So I’m relying on Viviscal Extra-Strength hair-growth pills [$50;] and Phylia de M Connect Spray [$60;] to fill in those sparse spots.” 

On going natural (sort of) “I won’t even venture to the gym without Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Beige [$70;], Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Blond Clair [$29;] and Fresh Sugar PetalTinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 [$23;]. This is my ‘no makeup’ look.”

On her top problem solvers “For dry lips or cuticles, it’s Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Balm [$33;]. For a zit: bareMinerals Blemish Therapy [$18;]. And to smooth Retin-A-induced flakes, nothing beats Rodin Olio Lusso Face Oil [$150;].”

On being a beauty therapist “I enjoy helping solve the skin and hair dilemmas of readers and More staffers. Feel free to tweet me at @genevievemonsma.”

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