February 2020

Glamour’s Beauty Editor Andrea Pomerantz Lustig on “How to Look Expensive”

PD: I’ve heard of women making face masks from oatmeal or using apple cider vinegar to improve their skin. What are some household items that women can repurpose into beauty products?

AL: I love opening a can of coconut milk, letting it solidify in the fridge (this can take about 36 to 48 hours) and then using what’s left as a cocoa butter moisturizer or hair mask. In the book I have a facial from celebrity esthetician Ole Henriksen that uses red rooibos tea, golden flaxseed powder and Himalayan sea salt; and my makeup artist Julie Morgan who works with Giada Delaurentis turned me onto olive oil to give my skin a dewy look. Just a tiny bit, on top of makeup, adds a glow. Honey makes a great anti-bacterial mask when your skin breaks out—just apply for ten minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

PD: What kind of beauty tools and makeup should women consider investing more money in?

AL: I think you can find inexpensive versions of almost any beauty product these days, even makeup brushes which used to cost a fortune (I love the Essence of Beauty set from CVS for $10.99) and high-quality, effective skincare. But I do believe in spending on quality heat appliances for your hair. If you want to do your hair like a pro, having pro tools helps get more professional-looking results. The technology is both more effective and better for your hair’s health. But there are some exceptions which I note in the book. I’m currently loving Remington’s Keratin-infused Straight Iron, and it’s only $50. I also believe in investing in what I call ‘Blue Chip Beauty Products’, products that may cost more but will be worth the investment. I list 10 Blue Chip lipsticks in the book. A blue chip skincare line I love is Colbert MD created by Dr. David Colbert. It’s expensive, but worth every penny because it really works.

Colbert MD Skincare 

PD: Any upcoming projects to share with us?

AL: Will continue to post on my website and promote the book and then start work on the next one!

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


Andrea Pomerantz Lustig is 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 Glamour.com’s beauty blog and is cherished by Glamour readers for her fresh, original beauty tips, ideas, and solutions. Prior to becoming a contributing editor at Glamour, she was pioneer editor in chief at Sephora.com, and before that spent ten years as beauty and fitness director and Glamour. She regularly appears in the national media, on shows including The Early Show, Good Morning America, Today, Oprah, and Entertainment Tonight. Her beauty tips have appeared in Glamour, the New York Times, Women’s Daily, Allure, and bloggers share her tips with their audiences regularly. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

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