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{Makeovers} Here comes the (Mother of the) Bride, all dressed in…..

2010 September 16

A few months ago, FOFs voted Sharon Hoffman the winner of our Mother-of-the-Bride makeover contest. They were touched by Sharon’s story and her daughter Erin’s selfless nomination.

“The closest I had to a wedding was a party my family threw for me when I got leave from the military in 1983,” said Sharon. “I was pregnant and wearing a borrowed maternity dress.”

Sharon may not have had a wedding day, but last month she certainly was queen for a day. As the M-O-B makeover winner, she won a head-to-toe look for Erin’s wedding including makeup and hair styling from Senses New York Salon & Spa and a style consultation with designer-to-the-stars Kay Unger.

HAIR: We turned to Antonio Rosa, owner of Senses New York Salon & Spa to work his magic. “I didn’t know if he’d go real short. I’m happy with the direction he went,” said Sharon. “The length will give me the option of wearing my hair up. I haven’t worn my hair up since prom.”

{Click here to get stylist and colorist, Antonio’s tips and techniques}

For her hair, Antonio:
Used a single-process hair color in medium blonde (Level 7) by Organic Color Systems. He brightened it up and added depth and contrast with blonde (Level 9) highlights.
“We kept the length intact but added layers for movement,” said Antonio. “Sharon’s going to be able to wear it up or down for the wedding and not be limited to one style at all.”

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MAKEUP: Adam Maclay is a makeup artist with Senses New York Salon & Spa and also does makeup for WE tv’s show “My Fair Wedding.” He gave Sharon a wedding-worthy look and armed her with tricks to replicate the look on the big day.

“Adam did an excellent job with the makeup,” said Sharon. “He was sensitive to the fact that I normally don’t wear makeup and kept it very light and natural looking. I’ll try to replicate the look as best I can for the wedding.”

{Click here to get Adam’s makeup products list}

Adam’s makeup products list:

For skin:
For moisture; Skin Medica TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer + SPF20 applied with a Foundation Brush by Mac
For reducing redness; Green concealer by Makeup Forever
For concealing blemishes and evening skin tones; Foundation by Temptu applied with an airbrush or Face and Body Foundation by Mac

For eyes:
For filling in eyebrows; Creamy Brow Pencil in “Blonde” by Lorac
For definition; Technakohl Liner in “Brownborder” by Mac
For color; Shadow in “Swish,” “Retrospeck,” “Expensive Pink,” and “Woodwinked” with a touch of “Crystal Avalanche,” by Mac. “I used the darker colors on the outer corner of the eye and peaches and pinks on the inner corner then blended with a blending blush,” said Adam.
For volume; Colossal Volum’ Express Waterproof by Maybelline. “Waterproof is necessary especially on wedding days.” He recommends going over it with a brow brush if it’s clumpy.
For curl; Eyelash curler by Tart. “She should look into false lashes for the day of the wedding,” said Adam.

For lips:
For definition; Lipliner in “Natural Blush” by E.L.F. “I filled in the outer corners so as the lipstick wears off there is still color.”
For color; Lip gloss in #27 by Makeup Forever. “Everyone should own this color,” said Adam. “It goes with every skin tone.”
For shine; Lip Buxom by Bare Escentuals

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DRESS: Then it was off to Kay Unger’s NYC Fashion District showroom to meet the world-famous designer herself. Kay pulled different looks for Sharon to try on based on her measurements and Erin’s wedding color scheme of aqua, peony, ivory, and green. Read on to see the winning look (and a few runners up too!)

Look 1: One Shoulder Coral Dress

“This one shoulder, is very interesting and a lot of fun on you,” said Kay. “You don’t have to hold your stomach in and the pockets give you some place to put your hands!

“I really like the color of this one,” said Sharon. “It would be fun to dance in because of the full skirt. But, maybe it’s a little too young and might not marry well with the pink poppies Erin may use for the wedding.”

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Look 2: Satin & Jacquard Sheath Dress

“It’s a very unique fabric,” said Kay. “I think of all the dresses we’ve given you, you’d be most likely to wear this again. Whereas the coral dress you might not. It’s something to take into consideration.”

“It’s such an elegant dress but maybe the color is a little too close to white,” said Sharon. “I’m just not comfortable wearing something so close to white to a wedding.”

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The Winning Look: Green Strapless

“You look most comfortable. It’s so pretty and you look very, very slim in this dress,” said Kay.

“Green is one of my very favorite colors. Even my house is decorated in green,” said Sharon. “It’s a simple, elegant design. Often, strapless dresses are too revealing but this one comes up high enough that it’s actually quite tasteful. This is the one, I love it!”

Kay’s Recommended Accessories:

-Drop earrings or diamond studs
-Colorful cocktail ring with green gems
-Dressy, delicate silver watch

-Pearlized or silver slingback closed-toe shoe with a heel
-Control-top stockings from Spanx or Yummy Tummies that come above the waist
-A nude strapless bra such as the Nu-Bra Ultra Lite

Stay tuned…FOF will follow up with Sharon after her daughter’s wedding next Spring and report back!

Note: Satin and Jacquard Sheath Dress available through Nordstrom.com. Other Kay Unger styles can be purchased through Neiman Marcus and Saks.

Do you like the dress Sharon chose? Comment below and tell us what you think!

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  • Mari says:

    I like the Look 1, it made you look so young however, I like the Look 2 more because it made you look so sexy and classy. I also like your hair make-over. I like to know who did your make-up and hair!

    For more fabulous outfits that you might need in the future, visit this site:
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  • Pamela says:

    Sharon,I love the dress you are wearing. You look beautiful.

  • Robin says:

    Sharon looks radiant in all the options. Her hair and makeup are very flattering, too (love that airbrush!). As a M-O-B next March, I’d be thrilled if my wedding-day look could measure up to this one.

  • Leigh Chandler says:

    Congratulations Sharon! Not only on your makeover but on your beautiful two daughters! You were just glowing in all of your pictures and I loved all the dresses. I agree that you should go back and snag the white one, you looked smashing in it and should go out dancing somewhere!

  • Marjorie Munroe says:

    I think the make over looks wonderful. Sharon looks great in all the outfits. You did a fantastic job! :-) Hope you enjoyed every minute Sharon. Marj

  • Sharon21 says:

    Hello to P. Bogard! Don’t worry, I did get the green strapless dress for the wedding! The photo of the “suit” is actually the green dress with a matching jacket. The lighting was a little bit different in the picture with the jacket so it looks more “gold.” For the wedding, I’ll wear the strapless dress with the silk organza stole. We had so much fun. . . and Kay Unger was GREAT! She spent so much time with us!

    • Luciana says:

      Of course! Thanks Ben I was going to a psaerate sleep-tracking roundup, but you’re right, they are related. All of the roundup categories do overlap somewhat, so it will probably evolve into tagging each resource with multiple category tags when we start building the big catalog.Alex

  • Ann says:

    My dear friend Sharon looks absolutely gorgeous! I loved all the choices, but agree that the green is perfect for her!

  • P Bogard says:

    If Sharon really liked the green dress, as do I, why is she in a gold suit?
    The suit made her look matronly compared to the green dress.

  • Gina says:

    I love the dress she chose, she will be beautiful. I also think she should run and buy the white one for another occasion, she looks Fabulous in it!

  • Sara says:

    I really love the coral one – it’s very Mad Men-esque but I agree with Sharon that it may be a bit young for a M-O-B. I think the green one she chose is just stunning!