New Mommy Make-Over: Becca
Becca came to me because she was eight months pregnant and feeling depressed about her look. At 22, and expecting dramatic changes in her life in the coming weeks, she wanted a change. Her long light brown hair hung to her shoulder blades in the back and showed the dual tone of grown out color from the previous spring/summer season (dark honey-blonde). She knew as a mommy-to-be that life was going to get really busy and she needed a hairstyle she was going to be able to manage easily and quickly.
We looked through a hairstyle magazine and found a style she liked. She wanted something layered and a little choppy but that wouldn’t take too much effort to style. Becca has beautifully healthy hair: well-conditioned, thick, and of medium texture. Once we were decided on the cut she wanted, we took some time to talk about the other issue she had: make-up.
Becca explained that she’d been raised by her father and that she really didn’t know about make-up at all. She usually wore foundation lipstick and eye shadow. She said her attempts to use other make-up products were spotty at best, and she was never really happy with the results. We decided that I would start out by doing her make-up for her and allow her to see the subtle changes possible, and how to create a natural look.
I had Becca wash her face to remove the make-up she’d applied earlier in the day, then we decided that she needed to have her eyebrows reshaped. I used pre-made adhesive strips to arch and reshape her brows. These are convenient because they can be cut to the desired shape and separate into two adhesive strips creating mirror copies of the shape cut. This makes them ideal for use on the eyebrows since you want to “mirror” one side to the other.
After reshaping the eyebrows we took our first photo to show our clean and prepared facial canvas.
Becca’s freshly washed face showed clean, even skin with slight blemishes (hormonal and caused by the pregnancy) and a little splotchiness common in fair-skinned individuals. To offer some coverage and to give a soft, natural look, we used a few dabs of concealing cream over the blemishes and in the darker areas with a tinted moisturizer for overall coverage. This was then set using a translucent powder in a light dusting for a matte finish.
Because Becca’s hair is naturally light brown/dark blonde, I wanted to add a little “substance” to the look of her brows. Using a brown eye pencil, I lightly filled in the brows and smudged the like to soften the look. I also used the eye pencil to darken the edges of the eyelids a bit – covering the entire edge of the upper lid and the outer two-thirds of the lower lid.
The eyes were shaded using warm neutral browns and orange tones to bring out the blue of Becca’s eyes. A bronze color was used as a base, with a warm brown in the crease and on the outer edges, with a soft orange on the upper part of the eye below the brow. The eye color was then blended using a soft brush for best effect. Finally, a light application of thickening mascara was used to define her pale lashes. (The results can be seen in photo 4.) Becca was amazed at how much larger it made her eyes seem.
Photo 4 also shows how we used a soft bronzer to give a light glow to the cheeks and add some definition. As she already has very warm pink lips, a soft gloss was applied to give a dewy look with no color.
The finished look is very warm and natural looking, and gives a hint of color to accentuate and make the whole look softer and more radiant.