When our bodies and faces change from illness and treatment, one of the first things to go is self-esteem. As the woman I interviewed and madeover last weekend told me, it’s a vicious cycle: First, you change. Then, you stop fixing yourself. After you let yourself ago, you change even more and one day you don’t recognize yourself. Because I know how hard it is when illness changes you, I want to makeover women with cancer, autoimmune diseases, and other chronic illnesses. Two weeks ago I conducted my first makeover with a woman named Lou who has Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (yay, we’re cysters!), and other illnesses. She is on fourteen medications. As one would expect, she has changed a lot over twenty years of illness.
How We Did It–Operation Makeover
First, I conducted a brief “pre-makeover interview,” asking her about her illnesses, pain, meds, and what she wanted out of this whole experience. She said “confidence.” Then, we got her haircut at Ulta’s Beauty Salon using points I accumulated as a rewards member. Afterwards, we went shopping and found some nice clothes on sale including flattering Levi’s Curvy Fit jeans for $15 at Marshalls! Third, we bought makeup at Ulta, Sephora, and Nordstrom. Finally, we capped the day off with me doing her makeup and attending a party where friends go to see her new look. Whew! We did it all in one day!
Beauty Doesn’t Have to Break Your Bank
Using coupons, freebies, and sales I saved us over $70 worth of makeup–the final price tag on the makeup was $100. In addition to the $50 spent on her wardrobe, the whole makeover was cost about $160.00.
So I filmed everything. Sometimes I was in front of the camera especially during the pre-makeover interview and makeup tutorial. Other times I was behind the camera filming like the haircut and eyebrow session. We have the interviews, haircut, eyebrow work, makeup tutorial, and friends’ reactions all on camera! As someone who is new to iMovie, I ask for your patience as I cut all of these clips. I hope to upload them in a few weeks.
Ta-Da! The Final Product
Here is a before and after comparison of Lou’s look.
Stay tuned! I will be uploading more articles about the look–where to buy the clothes, where to get the makeup, and more importantly, how to apply it! Don’t miss out on key beauty tips that help you deal with things like:
- Dressing for weight gain
- Making makeup last all day
- Looking feel confident
- Saving money while looking stylish
- “Beefing Up” Sparse (Super Light) Eyebrows
- Applying makeup when Prednisone (steroids), illness, and aging has made your face bigger
What questions about clothes and makeup would you like me to answer in the next few posts?
–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno