Andrea Pomerantz Lustig is a veteran beauty editor with over two decades of industry experience. She spent nine years as Beauty and Fitness Director at Cosmopolitan and was editor-in-chief at sephora.com. Now her beauty tips, advice and solutions appear regularly in Glamour magazine. Andrea also carries a little black book teeming with of-the-moment industry contacts and celebrity stylists, so it’s no surprise that she’s known around Glamour as the resident ‘beauty sleuth’. In her new tome, How to Look Expensive, Andrea shares her secrets on looking glamorous with an everywoman’s budget. As we caught up with Andrea on her latest project, she dished about her personal style, favorite beauty picks and tips on how fashion-forward women can make the most of every dollar.
Summer has come and gone, as have all those neon nail lacquers. Now we’re switching up our manis with these fall nail trends — some obvious, like deep reds, and others not so much, like pearly white. (We’ve always thought wearing white after Labor Day was a fashion faux-pas that just had to be broken.)
Rich jewel tones were all over the fall runways, such as at Karen Walker’s show where models nails were polished with CND Midnight Sapphire ($9, Cnd.com). Other jewel tones we’re loving: Estée Lauder Black Turquoise ($20, Saksfifthavenue.com), MAC Gadabout Girl ($16, Maccosmetics.com), and Essie Stylenomics ($8, Essie.com).
Although light lacquers are typically associated with spring, pale nudes and even white are getting some play this fall. Use these simple, chic colors to accompany fall’s bolder trends, such as a dark lip or cat-eye. Shades we recommend: OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls ($7.25, opi.com), Chanel Frenzy ($26, Chanel.com) and Nails Inc. Jermyn Street ($9.50, Sephora.com).
Gold and silver were two of the hottest colors this summer, thanks to the Olympics, and they aren’t going anywhere. If you’re into a bold mani, but like us, you don’t have the ambidexterity to tackle nail art, metallics are a smart option. Add these to your collection: Tom Ford Dominatrix ($30, Neimanmarcus.com), Butter London Shag ($14, Butterlondon.com), and Sonia Kashuk Dime A Dozen ($4.99, Target.com)
The French manicure has gone through so many transformations in recent years. This season, try a neutral base and dark tip, like the mani models wore at Donna Karan’s fall runway show. More combinations we’re dying to try: Julep Otte ($14, Trinaturk.com) with CND Bloodline ($9, Cnd.com) and Deborah Lippmann Modern Love ($16, Lippmanncollection.com) with Zoya Diva Collection Song ($8, Zoya.com). And since gray is a huge color this season (not just because of Fifty Shades of Grey), you have to try gray on gray. We love China Glaze on Safari Elephant Walk ($5.99, Enailsupply.com) as the base and Nars Storm Bird ($18, Sephora.com) as the tips. Understated and classy.
Which trend is your favorite?
The holidays are drawing near so I’ve searched high and low for the best gifts at all price points. Here are my picks for presents I would love to give OR get. I think you will find something for everyone on your list!
1. allPop Art Portrait, BUY NOW, $149 to $369
I am a huge fan of personalized gifts and love the allPop Art custom portraits. Whether you want to “Warhol-ize” or “Lichtenstein-ize” your best friend, uncle, or favorite pet, it’s a fun and meaningful present. Just send in a photo of your choice and allPop will turn it into a customized piece of art. I recently purchased an allPop gift certificate for a dear friend who was thrilled to receive it. It’s also listed as one of Oprah’s “favorite one of a kind personalized gifts.”
2. Striiv Fitness Device, BUY NOW, $99.95
The Striiv fitness device transforms your gift giving into a fun and hi-tech way to get fit! A lot more than just a pedometer, the fitness device offers motivational tools, interactive features, and an easy to read LCD screen. It is sleek and small, easy to carry on your keychain, belt loop, or bag, and every step you take counts as a donation to charity at no cost to you! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.
3. Jacques Levine slippers, BUY NOW, $98
Who doesn’t need a new and great-looking pair of slippers? The new Jacques Levine collection is fashion forward with these ballet-style slippers. They are elegant and luxurious and look so great you will want to wear them outside! Jacques Levine is recognized for their feminine touches, and soft kidskin construction. Available in several fun colors and patterns.
4. Stephanie Johnson ML Traveler Make-up Case, BUY NOW, $74
With all of the great products to give and receive, your beauty junkies need something stylish to tote around their beauty bounty. These cases come in so many chic patterns — I personally own the “Lima” made of purple, gray and black faux python and use it as my every day make-up bag. The bag also has two removable mesh compartments in the center so products stay organized and are easy to find. Celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Ginnifer Goodwin and Penelope Cruz among others are all fans too!
5. L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet, BUY NOW, $50
L’Occitane makes so many fab products so it’s no surprise that these are my favorite hand creams. This special holiday edition makes a great gift set with six delicious scents, including Coca Flower, Desert Rose, and Vanilla Flower. They are travel size, and I love that they are easy to divide among different handbags.