What a great birthday surprise: One cool Atlanta mom recently flew her adult daughter from New York City to St Louis for a girls’ getaway weekend and mystery birthday surprise – a color consult and mini-makeover. A couple of things that came up in that session might apply in your life too.
Daughter Rosie has gorgeous golden-green-brown eyes, and their color is closely echoed by the golden highlights in her equally gorgeous wavy hair. BUT – her center parted hairstyle wasn’t doing justice to her lovely features. By creating focus at the the center, it called attention to her nose (it’s a fine nose, but not nearly as stunning as those eyes) and adding fullness through her cheek area.
Just look what happens when we make the tiny tweak of moving that part off-center:
As a professional in the New York City theatre scene, Rosie of course has a closet full of black clothes. When she needs to be unseen – like moving scenery on darkened stage – black is the necessary choice. But for showcasing her coloring out in the real world … not so much. So a critical question was “How can I make those black clothes more flattering until I can fill my closet with my new colors?”
One easy answer is to add a couple of pieces in her hair highlight color. See her below when we mocked up a look in plain black, black with white and black with a camel sweater that resembles her highlights. Isn’t it amazing how much more SHE shows up when we add the camel?
But it looks a little unfinished, doesn’t it? So we tossed a mesh scarf into the black+camel mix and – PRESTO – polished and connected!
Factor in a tour of the famous Gateway Arch, the Blues Museum (music, not hockey) and some St. Louis barbecue and it added up to a fun birthday get-together in fly-over country.
What lessons can Rosie’s mini-makeover contribute to your own image update?
PS. Mom got her colors done too, and the effect was equally striking, but we were so busy gabbing that I totally forget to take pictures. Sorry.