A New Look for a New Year Softer hair and makeup create a no-fuss image

January 06, 1994|By Suzin Boddiford | Suzin Boddiford,Contributing Writer

NOTHING JUMP-STARTS THE NEW YEAR like a transformation -- as our latest makeover participant demonstrates. Jackie Whitsel-Burrell from Parkville, a 28-year veteran of the downtown executive offices of Horn & Horn Cafeteria, wrote to us for advice on achieving an easy-maintenance, younger look.

Her over-processed hair, dated style and makeup, and unflattering clothing, made her look older than her fortysomething years. After consultation with our makeover team determine beauty and wardrobe needs, our experts conjured up a workable new image that would complement Ms. Whitsel-Burrell's casual lifestyle and bright personality.

Starting from the top, hair stylist Jill "Blue" Turnbull, spelled out the steps for saving Ms. Whitsel-Burrell's stressed tresses from years of abuse. Because her hair is fine, she had tried to get body through perming, teasing and hairspraying, which worked against her. Ms. Turnbull pointed out that a proper haircut and good color will do most of the work for you by creating the illusion of more hair. "A good styling gel replaces the need for all that hairspray," she said.

Most of the perm-damaged hair was cut, thereby creating a solid internal shape that maintained softness at the sides and fullness at the back, to balance her long face. "I went with the natural growth pattern of her hair by fringing it forward to frame her face and give the hair a lot more room to move," said Ms. Turnbull.

She then treated the remaining dry hair with a moisturizing conditioner.

The final step was to thaw out the harsh frosting -- an old technique many women think will disguise the gray, "but instead drains color from the face," said Ms. Turnbull. To cover the gray without becoming a slave to color, golden highlights were woven through. The same unfussy approach was taken with makeup. It shouldn't take more than 20 minutes to put on an everyday face, unless of course, ou happen to be Mrs. Doubtfire.

"Women today are simplifying their beauty routines and cutting out unnecessary steps," says makeup artist Olga Morales. She believes in defining assets, rather than surrendering them to a rainbow of distracting colors or dated application which is why she zeroed in on Ms. Whitsel-Burrell's too-thin eyebrows and heavy frosty pinky-purple eye-shadow.

The overpruned brows were drawing attention to a prominent brow bone and away from her eyes. Ms. Morales reshaped and filled them in with a powder shadow applied with a stiff angled brush. To define the eyes, the frosty color was tossed out and replaced with a natural taupe-brown matte shadow. Dark brown mascara and eyeliner along the top lid and at the bottom outer corner, further opened up the eye.

With hair and makeup in order, the silhouette for Ms. Whitsel-Burrell's pear-shaped figure type was considered. Having lost a substantial amount of weight over the last few years, she had fallen into a ho-hum slump that did nothing to flatter. Beginning with black knit separates as a base, a long shrimp-colored tailored jacket was added for a slice of color near the face. The uninterrupted line of black created an illusion of slimness.

"I can't get over my total transformation," exclaimed Ms. Whitsel-Burrell. "Not only do I look younger, but I feel pretty again."


Do you or does someone you know deserve a makeover?

Write and tell us why, along with a clear photograph (dated within two months).

Include: address, telephone, height, age and clothing size on the back.

Photographs cannot be returned and will be kept on file for future consideration.

Send inquiries to: Vida Roberts, Sun Fashion Makeovers, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.


Staff photos by Amy Deputy

Hair color and cut by Jill "Blue" Turnbull of Etches Salon, Pikesville.

Makeup by Olga Morales of T.H.E. Artist Agency.

Wardrobe and styling by Suzin Boddiford.

-! Clothing from Lexington Lady.

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