These days it’s nearly impossible to know what women are spending on the way they look. Someone with Instagram-flawless contouring might have honed her craft using the finest from the drugstore aisles, and the utterly makeup-free type might be spending thousands on laser treatments and serums. Enter our series “What It Costs to Be Me,” in which we’re asking interesting women for radical transparency.
Up this week: Teresa Giudice, 46, star on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Her annual total? $22,077
You don’t need to be a fan of the RHONJ in order to be familiar with Teresa Giudice. She’s become a household name—and the subject of many tabloid headlines—at this point. But if you do follow the show religiously, you’re well-versed in her love for her four daughters, working out, and drama—this is a Housewife we’re talking about—as well as her beauty routine. Which, between regular Botox and blowouts, is as involved as you’d expect for north Jersey’s finest. For starters, she relies solely on professionals to do her hair, and she buys her all makeup in doubles—one for home, one for travel. So to kick off the show’s ninth season, which premieres on Bravo tonight at 9 P.M. ET, the queen of Jerz is giving us a glimpse into all the products, treatments, and lip-enhancing tricks she swears by. Oh, and not to mention the waxing treatment she’s dying to test in the near future. Let’s hope it makes its way into season 10.
My Daily Skin Care Routine: $232
I’m religious about making sure I always moisturize and wear eye cream. I think it’s important to switch them up and always use the same thing, because I feel like my skin gets used to it. Right now I’m using Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream ($100). And then I’ve been using Shiseido’s Wrinkle Resist eye cream ($60) and Tarte’s Maracuja Eye Treatment ($38) for my eyes.
I also make sure to take off my makeup every night. I love those Aveeno daily exfoliating cleansing pads ($8) and Neutrogena makeup wipes ($9). Love, love, love those. I think skin care is really important, but to tell you the truth, drugstore stuff is good too. When I’m down the shore, I go to the drugstore to buy moisturizer and eye cream. It doesn’t always have to be luxury. Or when I’m traveling and forget my moisturizer, sometimes I’ll pop into CVS and get Neutrogena’s Radiant Moisturizer ($17) too. But usually I buy my skin care, like my Charlotte Tilbury, from a department store.
My In-Office Skin Treatments: approximately $4,800 a year
I love to get Hydrafacials ($199) [the treatment where an esthetician uses a vacuum pen to clean your pores]. They’re amazing. I just got one about a month ago, and I’m going next week to Jane at Omni Aesthetics in Oakland, New Jersey. I try to do it once a month at least, and I make sure to take care of my skin in between. And, yeah, I get Botox. I go to Dr. DiBernardo (about $600 every three to five months) in Montclair, New Jersey. I don’t usually like to talk about it, but why not? It came out for a reason, so why not use it, right? I love the way I look so much better now compared to when I first started doing the show. I feel great.
My Shower and Perfume Musts: $332
In the shower, I love to exfoliate my body. I use St. Ives ($7). Then I use the Mugler Angel body wash ($50) and love to put on Sol De Janerio’s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($45) when I’m out of the shower. It’s especially good for the summer. Otherwise, I also like Mugler’s Angel body lotion ($55). You know how every perfume smells different on everyone? It goes good with my skin. I used to use the perfume too but the whole world is starting to use it now, so I’m trying to switch it up.
My Go-To Face Makeup: roughly $1,090
If you see my vanity, I have so much makeup. Like, you don’t even know, I have so much makeup. Everyone who comes over is like, “You think you have enough makeup?!” You know what I do? I always buy two of everything, so if I’m traveling I have an extra set. I keep one at home and one in my bag if I’m going out. And when I’m filming, I just put it on whatever’s in front of me. I don’t have any set products I have to wear.
I’m always switching up my foundation. I like good coverage. I figure if you’re going to wear foundation, it might as well have coverage. I use MAC Studio Fix ($30), Rihanna’s Fenty Pro Filt’r ($34), and I just bought this new foundation from Estée Lauder called Double Wear ($42). It’s flawless; I really like how it wears. While I was filming I used the Fenty and IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation ($40) the most. I do have to say, though, I love MAC. It’s always in the airport, so if I’m traveling, I’ll buy it there.
As for concealer, I love Tarte’s Shape Tape ($27), that’s my favorite. Then, after I put my foundation and concealer on, I use a pressed powder over them to set my makeup. Right now I have a MAC powder ($29) that I’ve been using. Sometimes I’ll use the MAC Studio Fix Prep + Prime mist ($26) or the white translucent powder ($29) to set it too. Oh, and primer! It’s good to put primer on under makeup. I have a lot of different ones: I like the Becca primer ($38), which has a shimmer to it, and MAC’s primer ($42). I just think a primer is important to make your makeup last.
I use the Guerlain Terracotta powder ($53) as bronzer, and for contouring I use Kat Von D’s contour palette ($49). That’s great. I highlight with the Becca Cosmetics highlighter ($38), and the ones from MAC ($38) too. They have great highlighters. Finally, for blush, I love Too Faced’s Cherry Bomb ($30).
My Eye Makeup and Lashes: approximately $2,066 a year
Too Faced makes great eye shadow palettes ($49), and I love Huda Beauty’s palettes ($65) too. The colors are gorgeous. And for mascara, I’ve been obsessed with Lancôme’s Définicils ($28) for forever. It’s always been one of my favorites. Also, I just tried Badgal Bang from Benefit ($25)—so good! I also like the Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner ($21) in brown. It stays put and really makes your eyes look great.
I also get lash extensions. I see Taylor at Spa Blu in Totowa, New Jersey. It’s a fairly new thing for me, but now that I’ve been getting them regularly—about every two weeks (__$155, then __$65 for refills)—I have to say I love it. I don’t need to wear as much makeup with them.
Maintaining My Lipstick Obsession: $332
I have so many lipsticks. Like, so many. One of my favorites is the Stila Color Balm in Olivia ($22). You know what I love about it? It’s the perfect nude color, and it tastes minty. I also just bought the Tom Ford Blush Nude lipstick ($55). I can’t stop wearing it. Laura Mercier’s gloss in Rose Gold Accent ($26) and the Priscilla x Rincon lip color in Pure ($15) are a few of my other go-tos.
I’m also a lip liner girl. I love to outline my lips. I feel like it just makes them look bigger. MAC Subculture ($18) is a good lip liner, and so is Nice N Spicy ($21), because I like a good nude shade. I also love NYX Mauve ($4). And believe it or not, I love this lip liner from Milani—called Spice ($5)—it’s my favorite. Every time I go to CVS I buy every one that they have on the shelf.
My Intensive Hair Routine: approximately $12,124
I use the Global Keratin shampoo and conditioner ($40 for both), because I get Keratin treatments every three months ($450 per treatment). It keeps my hair smooth and shiny, and it replenishes the keratin in my hair with each shampoo. It’s also good for color protection.
I can at least do my own makeup now, but I can’t do my own hair. I wish I could—it’s so hard! So it’s always professionally styled. My hairstylist, Lucia Casazza, uses the R+Co High Dive ($29) moisture cream on me, which she says locks in moisture and shine, and she cocktails it with its Tinsel Smoothing Oil ($25). Then after she styles it, she uses the Trophy Spray ($30) for shine and texture.
Lucia does my color, too. She does a glaze and/or a single process ($500) every two months to keep it fresh, and she’ll do my roots every four months ($1,200). She does balayage highlights, which are hand painted, and she always gives me an Olaplex treatment, too. I wash my hair, believe it or not, once a week. It depends if I have events, but I’ll usually run to the salon, Hair and Makeup Lounge in Wayne, New Jersey. I go to Jennifer Piña ($75) or Lucia will come to me ($125).
My Body Care Treatments: $1,101
I get a lot of spray tans, but right now I’m not feeling that great, so sometimes I go tanning ($89 per month). I know it’s not good, but I hate the winter and when I competed in a fitness competition, which you’ll see on the show this season, my body needed to be tan. I also hate the smell of the spray tan, and when you get them, it feels so cold! But I do get them. I just like the way I look when I’m tan. I’ve also been using this temporary self-tanning cream called Loving Tan Bronze Shimmer Luminous Cream ($33). I put it on before an event, it looks so good on. I’m telling you that tanning cream is the bomb. And it doesn’t smell bad!
I got laser hair removal underneath my arms and my legs a while ago, but I still have to shave them. I really want to go get my butt area waxed. What is that called? A Brazilian. I did it once years ago when I was pregnant with Gia. Oh my god, it was so painful. I don’t know what I was thinking, there was so much pain. But I haven’t done it in a long time, so I want to try it again.