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

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  821 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
Glamour's "Beauty Sleuth" reveals tricks of the trade to help you look fabulously high-end—in any economy.

Andrea Pomerantz Lustig has spent twenty years as a beauty editor, and her contact list is packed with the names of the most exclusive stylists in the business.In How to Look Expensive, she combines her own experience with highly coveted secrets she's learned from the
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Avery
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Oct 04, 2012 Minna rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff, non-fiction
3 stars, I guess. I was hoping for more style secrets and made one of the classic blunders (although, not as classic as (A)getting involved in land wars in Asia or (B) going against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line): Not Reading the Cover. It's really not fair to expect style secrets out of a book by a BEAUTY EDITOR. That changed my initially disappointed viewpoint to a more-or-less satisfied one.

That being said, I felt a little let down at the lack of variety in recommendations. I think Ms.
Amber Lea
Oct 01, 2012 Amber Lea rated it it was amazing
I bought this book knowing almost nothing about beauty and fashion, and I think I'm the intended audience. I already understood a lot of the concepts in this book, but I needed some very direct guidance (such as "buy this type of product, because it does this, and that matters because of this") because I just had absolutely no idea what half of the stuff out there is for or why I should care about it.

It's also seems like it would be a good book for someone who's in the habit of living beyond the
Jul 06, 2013 Melody rated it it was ok
A few interesting tips but mostly what I should have expected from a Glamour columnist. I keep thinking I should care more about how I look, and I buy clothes that look nice and makeup that looks nice and then I wear my yoga pants and barely bother to wash my face, let alone add a layer of anti-wrinkle cream, a layer of moisturizer, a layer of sunscreen, a layer of foundation, some eye cream, some powder. I lose interest before I even get the fancy facial cleanser put back in the shower caddy. ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Lea rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Barbie, YOLO-generation, people with too much time,
When I first read "“Create your own brow board” I was like:


....So I don’t know what I actually expected...I just suppose this is really not my genre. I found this on my bookshelf, had bought it since it seduced me through pinterest. Alone based on the title I wish I could say, someone gave it to me as a gift. It’s not thatbad though, and I suppose that if you aren’t really sure of what and who you are it is really good. It just is as if this manual on beauty is for those who either now not to do
A little disappointed that all the tips were basically for white women...
Feb 05, 2013 Pinky rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-13
This is a nice idea for a book and I really like Andrea Pomerantz Lustig. She's very even in recommending beauty products and services in a wide range of price points. That being said, a lot of her product choices do not work for me. I totally agree with reviewer Minna about Nars Orgasm. There are now two women on earth for whom this product does nothing (actually, it does something for me - it makes me look oddly goldish and cheap).

I have dark brown hair, brown eyes with grey rims and pale sk
Apr 15, 2013 Joanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Somehow I thought this was a fashion book (didn't pay attention to the subtitle), so was startled to find it's an entire book about hair, skin, and makeup.

Uh, wow.

It reminds me that there are people (actresses, celebrities) whose full-time job is looking good. The rest of us get by on what we have time and money for, plus whatever God gave us naturally. So the book was a useful reminder of my priorities. Or in this case, the lack of them. It is not that I don't at all care, I just don't care a
Sara Harris
Nov 19, 2012 Sara Harris rated it it was ok
Anyone who's read a year's worth of Allure magazine or browsed the forums on makeupalley won't find anything new here. It's a solid guide to the uninitiated or otherwise uninterested who want to learn how to present themselves better, and it seemed well-researched, without any glaringly inaccurate missteps in terms of skincare science or current fashion. That said, all the information in the book can be easily procured for free online from the myriad helpful resources on blogs, message boards, ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
This book was recommended to me by a fellow product/fashion junkie. Maybe she thought I needed the help? Anyway the content isn't revolutionary and it's yet another case of should've stayed a blog/magazine article. She tries too hard with the different types of women - while that might apply to hairstyles brows for glamour girl are not really different from upper east side. There were some good product recommendations I guess and one cool mascara tip. I felt like 99% of it I already ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Every young woman should read this book! Andrea Pomerantz Lustig is a genius! She provides so many great tips and ways to spend money while maintaining what's important. She keeps her advice simple, real, and most importantly, she focuses on self confidence and true care for your body rather than sending forth a materialistic message.

I highly recommend this book to any woman that cares about her well being and how she presents herself. I plan to give a copy to each of my younger cousins as they
Feb 18, 2013 Kari rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-own
I think I liked this book so much because 1) I know nothing about beauty, and 2) philosophically, the author thinks a lot like me.

Basic premise: you'll look your best when you enhance what you already are. Do this by keeping clean, healthy, and keeping your hair/makeup/clothes becoming.

The author's commitment to understatement, priority of life over your beauty regimen, and love of white shirts resonates with me.
Sep 21, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok
Meh. I like the author's column in "Glamour", and I'd recommend sticking to that versus this book of rehashed beauty tips. I did learn one or two new tricks, but overall this just seems like a glorified beauty editorial.

It isn't a bad read, but I wouldn't spend money on it- maybe check it out from the library if you're interested.
Oct 30, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
This book should really be titles "How to look like a Celebrity." Nonetheless, there is some really good information in here about how to look like your best self. Not all of it is applicable to everyone, I think there are some good things to take away from it.
May 09, 2016 Zaure rated it liked it
This book is good for those women who just started to take care of themselves.
AdEle Mo
Sep 27, 2016 AdEle Mo rated it really liked it
“You, only better” is the goal
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Orice fată sau femeie modernă își dorește să arate cât mai bine, râvnind uneori la ultima cremă antirid sau tunsoarea de milioane a unei starlete de la Hollywood. Dar cum nu toate avem acces la un cont bancar pe măsură, trebuie să ne mulțumim cu „scurtături” în ale frumuseții pe care ni le permite buzunarul.

Acesta este și scopul cărții scrise de editorul rubricii de frumusețe al revistei Glamour, Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, supranumită și „investigatoarea de frumusețe”. În cartea sa Cum să arăți de
This book (and my reading of it) is/was an exercise in subjectivity. I do my best to look decent with minimum effort, but I wanted to update my facial care routine post-baby (I would like to age with grace, and this requires some groundwork), and found this book.

This is all the title promises to be: an extended beauty column, by nature ephemeral, filled with references to now-fashionable beauty products and now-recognised celebrities. Still, I found some of the recommendations worth trying and n
Sep 30, 2014 Voiceofmadness rated it did not like it
Don't buy this. Don't. Just go to Pinterest, which is also in the Reference and Inspiration section. I cannot believe I paid $6 for a used copy of this junk. Every single topic that is discussed in here is on Pinterest. And better explained on Pinterest to boot!

I have dark brown hair and this book tells me to bleach my hair (at least around my face) and to wear bronzer. "If your hair is raven, almost black: You can lighten it a shade or two to take the edge off..." The option for a simple clear
Catherine Gillespie
Feb 08, 2015 Catherine Gillespie rated it liked it
Shelves: creativity
When beauty editor Andrea Pomerantz Lustig compiled her prodigious knowledge into How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank, she aimed to give women tools to look their best no matter what their budgets. According to her definition, “looking expensive” just means looking like the best version of yourself, not trying to be someone you aren’t, which is a refreshing view.

The book includes sections on hair, makeup, skin care, grooming, fashion, an
Sep 10, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok
This is a book written by a beauty editor, about how celebrities look amazing. The entire book is an classified advertisement for the beauty industry, recommending hair stylists, makeup artists, and beauty products. The ""cheap DIY"" techniques are loaded with products to buy and unless you depend on your looks for survival (i.e., you're a celebrity), you probably won't be bothered to go through all those time-consuming and complicated techniques. (I couldn't even read through the instructions ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Malissa rated it it was ok
Good but not great. I saw this book "advertised" on Pinterest and thought I may learn something new. Unfortunately I really did not. The only section I found moderately helpful was the one on the face care (I admit I need to get better at implementing and using products) which outlined what to look for as far as skin friendly ingredients. Otherwise I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know and was severely disappointed that there wasn't more discussion in the fashion section about ...more
Tamara R Levien
Feb 04, 2015 Tamara R Levien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitive worth it, even if you're not obsessed with beauty & fashion!

I'm not into fashion and beauty, but I do value knowing how to market myself. This book not only explains how to create a sophisticated version of yourself, but also how to prioritize and budget those costs. They give a wide range of advice for every budget, it's all solid advice across the board, and it's straight forward and easy to follow. Best beauty book I've ever read. My only complaint is that there want very many
Mar 18, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
Eh, just eh. A few useful tips are I try to become a little more polished for my job, but, seemed like a plug for a lot of different products. The format went like this: "These are the products I use, this is how much they cost, if you want to save a little money, here are some more recommendations." There were a few guides (like blow drying your hair, etc) that were useful since someone like me who needs all the help they can get can benefit from this type of tutorial, but other than that, I'm ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Anna rated it it was ok
If you have never read a magazine or book about beauty before you might find this interesting. In my opinion there was nothing much new here in terms of the make-up & skin care sections. I much preferred Allure Confessions of a Beauty Editor. I was really annoyed that the first 65 pages of the book, which were about hair, basically boiled down to have straight hair (but not too straight) with a very complicated color job. I have no interest in straightening or coloring my hair, but there wer ...more
This book has some budget-friendly tips, but they're mixed in with tips that most women just can't afford unless they already have the means to "look expensive". I guess the best take-away is that looking expensive isn't always about what you wear or what it cost, but about the impression you give and the way you carry yourself. It's a tip that carries across race and gender lines (unlike many of the tips in this book) but all in all I could have gotten that from a blog post without the rest of ...more
Kris Marley Patrick
Feb 12, 2015 Kris Marley Patrick rated it liked it
Pomerantz Lustig has been a writer for a Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazine for a combined twenty years. Not what I expected though I do plan to drop a small bundle at Ulta/Sephora this weekend to pick up some the highlighted products. Excited to see shout-outs for some of my personal tried-and-trues such CeraVe Facial Cleanser, Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Loreal True Match Concealer, Loreal Voluminous Mascara, and Stila Kitten eye shadow to name a few. Considering setting up a ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Ariadna73 rated it did not like it
Shelves: self-help, fashion
Here is my comment in my Spanish Blog:
Only one new thing I learned from this book: apply the nail enamel in thin layers. Everything else was useless for me; like for example how to lobby famous stylists and makup artists to get free works. Just pointless. On the flip side; I liked her writing style and her capacity of maintaining my attention even when the topic she was exposing was clearly not my thing.
Dec 18, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Excellent addition to one's beauty collection, especially as she lists actual products. Now, for keeping up with everything she suggests, or following a book such as this to the letter, removes the quirks that make us all charming. I'll still probably use blue or green eyeliner with myblue eyes, even though she thinks it is tacky. Oh, well!

If you need any sort of skin or makeup routine, or a way to get a good haircut on the cheap, this is your book. Recommended.
Jan 05, 2013 Marnie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: help-books
Fantastic book chock full of great advice and product knowledge for all budgets and types of women and young ladies. Easy to read, easy to zero in on what recommendations are relevant for yourself. Well written to boot. I started to read it for myself, but discovered there was lots of advice and knowledge I could pass on to my tweenage daughter as she starts to delve into hair, beauty and fashion.
Kim Goodwin
Aug 24, 2015 Kim Goodwin rated it liked it
A lot of other reviews complained that there was nothing here you could not find elsewhere. Well, I don't have a lot of time to spend looking for beauty tips. So, I appreciated having the knowledge and experience gathered together in one place. I learned a lot and loved the book. Then I passed it on to my daughter to read. The book itself is also quite beautiful, and I am in love with the illustrations.
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Known around the offices of Glamour as the "Beauty Sleuth," thanks to the wildly popular beauty advice column and articles she wrote for the magazine for the last decade, as well as her BlackBerry bursting with the hottest beauty pros. She started's beauty blog and is cherished by Glamour readers for her fresh, original beauty tips, ideas, and solutions. Prior to becoming a ...more
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