04/09/2014 10:43 am ET Updated Apr 09, 2014

Over 50 And Underappreciated

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Not long ago, the cosmetics industry veteran Andrea Robinson was in her Park Avenue apartment, showing off a newly built home office with white walls and a monochrome animal print rug. The sparse aesthetic contrasted with the lush textiles of the living room, where a fire was roaring.

In a manner of speaking, so too is Ms. Robinson, who over the course of two decades has worked behind the scenes for Revlon (where she spearheaded the famed and oft-knocked-off Ultima II Naked collection), L’Oréal for Ralph Lauren fragrances (where she oversaw the debut of the best-selling Romance), and Tom Ford Beauty, of which she was president.

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