I shook up my client expectations recently when I saw a GG teenager in my makeover studio. Super sweet, smart, and athletic, Dakota was facing self-esteem issues and wasn’t presenting herself in a way that showed she cared about her appearance. Her parents decided that a makeover and makeup lessons may help her improve her self-esteem and presentation style. After we found a fun outfit, shoes, and jewelry for her to wear from my studio that complimented her body shape, we worked on a makeup look for her. I gave her three options: an everyday look for school, a dramatic look for school dances, or a self-expression look to show her personality. Dakota chose to express herself with a purple, pink, and cream eye shadow palate accented with a purple eye crayon along with a pink lip crayon and lip jelly. She looked super cute and happy with her new outfit and makeup look!
Her hair puzzled me though. After a thorough brushing, her hair looked matted and greasy within 10 minutes even though she washed it daily. I found out she was using Suave and suggested she try upgrading to Pantene, Dove, or another middle-of-the-road shampoo and conditioner available at Walmart. The next week she returned after using Dove and her hair looked fabulous for a full 90 minutes instead of less than 10! What a boost for her self-esteem! She also learned to apply her makeup for a simple school look with tips on how to change up her look.
Dakota looked radiant in her photo shoot as the center of attention. After a couple of poses where she stood and sat kind of like a guy, I recommended some ways to feminize her posture. First, she put her feet together with a bit of an angle between them when standing and kept her ankles crossed when sitting. Next, she put her hand on her hip to help accentuate her curves and jutted out a hip on occasion. Third, she smiled and looked toward the camera with confidence. The next week we went out to Starbucks to show off her new fabulous look with confidence.
Dakota thrilled me with her excitement about learning about makeup and how to better present herself. A little coaching can go a long way. 🙂