A makeover aims to transform your beauty and shopping habits and refresh your whole look, to renew you. It usually includes an assessment of the colours of clothes and make-up that suit you best, a hair cut, a full make-up, and some information and inspiration on how to combine colours and shapes of clothes to suit your body shape and skin tone. A makeover may include other treatments as well, such as a manicure, or longer-term options such as a health and fitness regime.
At some time or other, most of us have stared in horror at ourselves in the mirror, wearing an outfit that would look absolutely fantastic on... someone else. The allegedly-foolproof style of the little black dress may not necessarily be the foolproof option for you. Fashion and style are different animals.
A good makeover should do two things:
There's not a lot of point in trying to dress up to go to a makeover. One of the first things your therapist will do is to take off your make up and undo your hairdo. Wash your hair and face and wear comfortable clothes. With some makeovers, offered as part of a personal shopping service, you're likely to leave in a new outfit as well as having your face and hair done. With others, you'll get advice on how to shop for yourself.
You might prefer to have your consultation before the actual makeover itself. This will give you and the therapist time to assess each other and what you want done, and give you some time to think about the changes your therapist suggests.
Just do be prepared to be open to change, and enjoy it.
Different makeovers include different things. A makeover could be a simple consultation; or a haircut and make up; you might have a full program of detox and body treatments, a facial, a shopping trip and even life coaching, as well as an exercise regime to improve your health and fitness. An extreme makeover includes cosmetic surgery.
The basics would be a haircut and make-up, and sound advice about what colours and styles of beauty products, hair and clothes are likely to suit you best.
Whether you're having a makeover for a special occasion or just looking for DIY tips on how you can improve your appearance generally, the stylist should take some time to find out about you. You can discuss your skin and hair colour and texture, the demands of your lifestyle and your feelings about clothes and change. This will help your therapist to assess how much of a change you want, and what tips will be practical for you. Your therapist will probably show you swatches of skin tones, explain what spectrum of colours is likely to suit you, what hair colours and styles are likely to flatter your face shape, and generally help you work out what's best for you. Remember, whilst you are looking for a makeover, it is important that you feel comfortable with what your therapist is doing. If your therapist suggests something extreme and you're not comfortable with it, then say so. But at the same time, try to be adventurous.
After this consultation you are likely to have a haircut, possibly a colour, a light facial and a full make-up. Depending on the kind of makeover you're having, you may also get advice on what style of clothes will work best for you.
Use your therapist's expertise. Ask plenty of questions and make sure you get the most out of the day.
Allow plenty of time and look forward to it. Having a makeover can make you feel quite vulnerable or quite empowered depending on who is working with you, and how open you are to change.
You should leave a makeover feeling and looking great. If the makeover didn't include a new set of clothes, why not build in time to go shopping afterwards and really spoil yourself?
A wide range of makeovers is available which involve various levels of money, time and commitment. From a change of hair-style to a change of nose or lifestyle, a makeover should refresh and invigorate you and build your confidence. Types of makeover include:
20th May 2014
Warmth and sunshine; spas which take me away to another country; fruit infused waters; beach-worth pedicures; deep tissue massages.
High footfalls; treatments that over promise and under deliver; heavy lunches; loungers drapped in used towels.
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