How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor's Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank

How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor's Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank

by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592407231
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 297,302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Glamour's "Beauty Sleuth," Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, also contributes reguarly to The New York Times, Allure, and other publications. She was a pioneer editor in chief at and for nine years served as the beauty and fitness director at Cosmopolitan. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword Cindi Leive ix

How to Look Expensive: An Introduction 1

Your Hair: A Wearable Status Symbol 9

The Hair Color of Money: Rich-Girl Highlights without a Trust Fund 47

Beautiful, Bareable Skin: The Ultimate Extravagance You Can Afford 67

Expensive-Looking Makeup: You, Only Better 101

From Teeth to Toes and Everywhere in Between: The Well-Kept Secrets of Looking Well-Kempt 151

Pulling It All Together!: Fragrance, Fashion, and a Review 191

Beauty References and Resources 203

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Full of beauty tips, tricks and artists’ secrets, in How to Look Expensive, veteran beauty editor Andrea Lustig helps real women determine exactly what they need to look and feel pretty powerful and make every beauty dollar they spend really count.”
—Bobbi Brown

Andrea has a journalist’s eye in a beauty editor’s body: She knows what’s new, understands what works, and can sniff out hype a mile away.”
—Cindi Leive

“There are too many beauty books on the shelves, so the bar for actually buying one is high. This one leaps it, with room to spare. […] The philosophy behind this book is both wise and doable: Maintenance is important, but you can go overboard.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Perfect highlights, flawless makeup, and glowing skin were once high-maintenance, high-cost endeavors. Not anymore. Beauty insider Andrea Lustig pulls back the curtain to show us how those in-the-know do it better and less expensively. This book's not a deal, it's a steal!”
—Jean Chatzky, Financial Editor, NBC Today

"As a seasoned editor and beauty industry expert, Andrea's ultimate style guide uncovers a wealth of behind the scenes beauty secrets that have allowed many of the world's most glamorous and stylish women to always look their absolute best. This approachable, authentic book is chock-full of tips for every woman to look beautiful and chic without breaking the bank."
—Frederic Fekkai

"Busy women everywhere will appreciate Andrea's sense of what works, and her expert ability to highlight the necessities for easy, glamorous beauty. This book is the perfect go-to for anyone looking to keep their beauty regimen fresh!"
—Giada De Laurentiis

“Andrea distills all the best beauty secrets in this fun, witty read.”
—Tory Burch

"The new beauty book I swear by"

“She promises and delivers on providing beauty advice on hair, cosmetics and clothes that will make you feel like a million bucks without actually spending it.”
The Washington Post

“She reveals the power tools in her arsenal, and provides affordable and D.I.Y. alternatives for her cosmetic weaponry.”
The New York Times

Glamour magazine's "Beauty Sleuth" columnist gives a million dollars worth of practical beauty advice for $25 in How to Look Expensive."
The Florida Times-Union

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How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have already read through this amazing book so many times that the top is feathered with little strips of paper marking all the pages I need to go back to (I couldn't quite bring myself to mark up such beautifully illustrated pages.) There are so many photographs and drawings to help make the author's point that you can look expensive for a lot less than you think. But the book delivers even more than the title suggests. Andrea Lustig, according to the "About the Author" section, has been a beauty expert at Glamour magazine long enough to have figured out what is worth spending money on and, more importantly, what isn't! So this is really a beauty bible for the rest of us. It's like having a really shrewd girlfriend decide to dish all her secrets. I'm sure it will save me money in the long run, but I must say I feel inspired to run out and buy a few of the products she mentions, especially those in the "Save" (rather than "Splurge") column. The idea of dividing up each section into four different variations of "expensive" style: "Park Avenue Pretty," "Hollywood Boho," Glam Globe-Trotter," and "Modern Movie Star" (hey, we can all dream) makes the book extra fun, but the advice on getting your money's worth in hair cuts and color, skin care, makeup, grooming, and fashion is completely down to earth. I already don't know how I did without this book and will be buying copies for my teenage niece and my mom!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very easy read loaded with practical information for someone who wants a classic look. Great tips, and wonderful resources from very inexpensive products to top of the line. Lent it to a friend and she wouldn't give it back so I ordered another.
RKL More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical when I first saw this book online; I figured it would be another one of those "books" (to use the term loosely) that features very little text with lots of white space around it and some glossy photos of celebrities -- in other words, it would offer precious little information, nearly all of which would already by known to anyone who has flipped through a few fashion & beauty magazines over the years. I am happy to report I was wrong! How to Look Expensive is full of useful information that will really help you look better AND save money. There are loads of beauty books out there, but this is one of the few that really delivers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just found out about this book and I wish I would have found it sooner. This book is a clever reminder that you don't have to spend a lot to look fabulous. 
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Enough said.
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Not what I was expecting but I did get a few good tips from the book.
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I had the pleasure of meeting the author in person recently, and she is as down to earth and helpful as the tips in her book. Buy the book and take it with you when you shop (we went to Target, where she pointed out some of her favorites!) - you will be glad you did - it's a great reference guide for all ages!
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I got 1 or 2 tips but it was not worth the money.
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This book features really great inexpensive beauty advice.Its inspiring and evey woman should read this book...I highly recommend it
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