Whether it's about makeup and hair or cellulite and plastic surgery, beauty expert Valerie Monroe answers readers' questions every month in her O, The Oprah Magazine column "Ask Val." At the O You! event in Miami, Gayle talks with Val about her column and about celebrating beauty.
Val says she strives to make her column a useful resource for women by consulting with beauty experts to offer viable solutions to common questions. Val says, historically, women's magazines drew in their beauty readers by making them feel bad about themselves so they would come back month after month trying to fix themselves. "At O, The Oprah Magazine we encourage women to celebrate their beauty … and to feel good about themselves," she says.
Whether you are 25 or 65, trying out beauty products or treatments shouldn't be intimating, Val says. "What we want to help women do is have fun with beauty products, to have fun with their faces—basically, to enjoy themselves, to enjoy the way they look," she says.