As soon as I saw not only the title but the cover picture for How To Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Guide to Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Bank, I knew I had to read this book. How to Look Expensive? How Can I Resist? I put it on hold at the library, joining an already long line, and then thought, No, I need to own this one, I can tell this will be a reference book, in the same way that my books on Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino are reference books. I’m glad I plunked down the very reasonable $15 or so for this because I’ve read it cover to cover and will be taking a shopping list with me based on Lustig’s suggestions next time I go to Sephora or—and this is the best part—CVS.
Lustig, the former beauty editor at Glamour, gives you options for either high-end makeup brands or the inexpensive stuff at CVS and Rite Aid and she names names and shares tips that professional makeup artists use and love. I have already got out my Revlon Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator, based on her tip that using an illuminizer under foundation can give you a luminosity similar to a candlelight glow and God knows I could use more luminosity in my life. I also have been using my Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch brightener under my eyes more than I had been. Based on Lustig’s suggestions, I’m sticking with my L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million lashes mascara and now want to try the NYX line, which she says you can buy at Rite Aid. I think I may have seen this brand and passed it by, thinking it was the equivalent of Wet n’Wild.
|Revlon illuminator (I think this product has been discontinued) and a brightener from YSL.|
Lustig says she is often asked whether expensive makeup is worth it. I love her answer:
“Sometimes a Dior compact is the little luxury that lifts your mood and lets you indulge without taking out a loan.”
Girl, I so hear you. Call me shallow but I do get a little thrill when I pick up my Chanel pressed powder compact and see those interlocking C’s. That being said, most of my cosmetics are from Revlon, L’Oréal Paris, CoverGirl and Essie so it’s nice to read that a beauty editor’s take on the best products available at drugstores includes these brands.
|Both high-end and drugstore brands are in my makeup bag, which is what Lustig recommends.|
|I love me some nail polish so these were some of my favorite pages in the book.|
The illustrations by Dallas Shaw are delightful, adding whimsy and charm to a helpful and honest beauty book.
|I love this illustration of Andrea.|
Don’t wait for it at the library. This one is worth owning. And do stop by Lustig’s website for more tips, trends, giveaways and news!