There are plenty of ways to take the years off of your face-be it skin-care products, injectables, plastic surgery, even makeup-but one of the easiest, most pain-free ways to look younger is to change up your hair. Typically, it’s not until after we step out of the hair salon with a fresh cut and color, that we realize just how transformative a hair makeover can be.
At 49-years-old, Florida graphic designer, Debbie knew she was ready for a change and wanted to do something dramatic with her hair. “My hair was so long it didn’t really have any shape to it and the coloring wasn’t flattering to my complexion,” says Debbie. “The gray in my hair was visible and I felt like it was aging me.” One visit to Salon Oasis in Boca Raton, FL, for a hair and makeup makeover was all she needed to instantly reinvigorate her look.
How did the transformation take place? Hairstylist Claudine chose European Wella base color and a Redken gloss to enrich Debbie’s heavily grayed base. To accent her skin tone properly, a rich, velvety, vibrant brunette tone was selected. Then layered on top of that were multidimensional highlights chosen in crimson and caramel tones to create the illusion of depth and dimension.
Then it was time for a cut. Debbie’s hair was too long for her small face and her ends were compromised, therefore hairstylist C.J. removed the ends, and gave her a chic multilayered long bob to add volume and bounce. She achieved this carefree style by using a layering technique that would further enhance the illusion of volume, and give a style that would be simple for Debbie to maintain. To smooth her tresses and add brilliant shine C.J. chose Kerastase’s Chroma Thermique ($39), a heat activated protectant.
To accent Debbie’s new hair, she needed to gain a few anti-aging makeup tips as well. As we age, our skin texture changes, therefore makeup artist Julie used an illuminating moisturizer and light foundation to give Debbie’s skin a polished natural glow. Browns and golds where chosen for her eyes for the purpose of opening and enhancing her brown eye color. Black gel liner was used to rim her eyes and extend her corners for pop of drama. Lastly, a subtle red lip color complemented her new hair-color and style.
What do you think? Did the hair and makeup makeover take years off of Debbie’s look? Also, tell us about your own personal makeover stories in the comments below.
For more real-woman transformational makeovers, check out the Spring-Summer 2012 issue of NewBeauty magazine.
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