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

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.”

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.”

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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{Style Expert} Mother-of-the-Bride Style Guide with Kay Unger

Formalwear designer Kay Unger answers our 7 most pressing questions about Mother-of-the-Bride style.

Meet Kay Unger:
In addition to being an FOF and mother-of-the-groom herself (she planned both of her sons’ weddings last year) Kay Unger is one of the leading formalwear designers in the country, with dresses sold in more that 24 countries and worn by notable names such as Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek and Vanessa Williams. Kay is former president of The Fashion Group and was inducted as a Leading Woman Entrepreneur of the World™ in 1999.

FOF: Should a M-O-B coordinate with and/or consult the Mother-of-the-Groom before choosing her dress?
Kay: Don’t ask to “approve” what the M-O-G wears unless she wants you to. You can give her some subtle guidance. “This is what we are wearing, these are the colors, why don’t you pick what makes you feel comfortable?”

FOF: What do you do if you have serious concerns that the mother-of-the-groom will wear something too racy or over-the-top?
Kay: If you are worried about her taste, go online and send her some links and say, “Anything in this range might be fabulous.” Make sure it’s not too expensive. Her happiness is so much more important than what she’s wearing.

FOF: Who picks her dress first?
Kay: The mother-of-the-bride traditionally picks first but you may not care.

FOF: Should a M-O-B choose a dress in the color scheme of the wedding or one that compliments it?
Kay:
I think it could be either. Any shade of green is always safe because no matter what kind of flowers you have they always have green stems or green leaves. You won’t clash. M-O-Bs don’t have to wear neutrals anymore. I wore a print to one of my son’s weddings!

FOF: Are there any absolute taboos for a M-O-B dress?
Kay: Never take away from the bride. Your garment shouldn’t be so overwhelmingly intense in color or patterns or jeweling that the bride is overshadowed in any way. She also shouldn’t be revealing.

FOF: What common style mistake do M-O-Bs make?
Kay: Overshowing her dress. Do not show your dress to your husband, friends and daughter a million times before the wedding. Try it on once or twice when you buy it and then again a few weeks before the big day.

FOF: Any style trick every M-O-B should know?
Kay: When you buy shoes, try them on the same hour of day as the wedding because feet swell at different times of day.

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{Makeovers} We now pronounce you… M-O-B Makeover Winner!

FOF Sharon Hoffman is happily married, but never had a wedding. “The closest I had to a wedding was a party my family threw for me when I got leave from the military in 1983,” she says. “I was pregnant and wearing a borrowed maternity dress.”

Sharon met her husband John, in her JAG (Judge Advocate General) Preliminary Basics Course. The two fell in love, and coincidentally were both assigned to active duty in Germany. But in order to be stationed in the same German city, they had to be married. They quickly married in Denmark in January of 1982 and planned to have a wedding once they returned to the U.S.

“By by the time we returned, I was 5-months pregnant, and I looked 10-months pregnant because I was carrying twins,” says Sharon. “It wasn’t the time to have a white dress sort of thing.” Now, 26 years later, one of her twins, Erin, is getting hitched. With the wedding approaching next May, Erin wanted her mother to have a chance to shine. “She never had that special opportunity for herself and I know it that’s something her and my Dad always regretted.”

FOFs were touched by Sharon’s story and her daughter Erin’s selfless nomination:

“My vote is for Sharon. When you give up your big wedding to serve our country, you are a special person and deserve this special treat,” said FOF Anja McConnon. “And the fact that her daughter and bride-to-be wants her to win this, shows what a wonderful mother Sharon is.”

In the coming weeks Sharon will have a private style consultation with designer-to-the-stars, Kay Unger, and win a complete look for her daughter’s wedding from the designer’s collection. Her makeover will be documented here, on the FOF Style Blog.

Erin and her fiance, Paul, will be married next year at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesvile, Virginia. The planning has already begun. “I don’t know much about wedding planning and etiquette, because I didn’t do all this,” admits Sharon. “I’m learning as I go and trying to take Erin’s lead.”

“She’s helping, thank God!” says Erin. “It’s a lot of work!”

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{Makeovers} Drumroll please…FOF Announces Mother-of-the-Bride (and Groom) Makeover Finalists!

Here comes the…FOF Mother-of-the-Bride (and Groom) Makeover Finalists!

One of the FOFs below will win a private style consultation with designer-to-the-stars, Kay Unger, and a complete look from the designer’s collection.

Read why these FOFs (or their children) think they should win, then vote for the finalist YOU think should win by commenting below. The finalist with the most comments by June 25, 2010 at 5 p.m. (E.S.T.) wins.

Arline Kimerling, Ridgefield, Ct.

Why Arline thinks she should win:

I’m a 68-year-old antiques dealer. My son is getting married October 3 of this year. It’s an unconventional wedding at a campground in Westchester, N.Y. I’d love to be informal but chic with a flair. I changed my life 5 years ago and lost 170 lbs, with the help of a wonderful life coach. The best thing: I’ve stayed the same weight for almost 3 years. Although I think I’m pretty fabulous as I am, a little help never hurts.

Sharon Hoffman, Washington D.C.

Why her daughter, Erin, thinks she should win:

I am entering this contest for my mom. My parents were overseas with the military when they were married so they were unable to have a wedding. Because of this, my wedding is extremely important to my mother, and it would be amazing to be able to give her this as something to make her feel extra special on my wedding day.

Pamela Stein, Harrisburg, PA

Why Pamela thinks she should win:

“I want my son to be proud of me on his wedding day. I’ve put most of my time and energy into my kids, and now that they are growing up and moving toward lives of their own, I look forward to new ways to reinvent myself. A Kay Unger makeover for my son’s wedding would be a fitting start.”

{Makeovers} Is your son or daughter getting married?

Win a private style consultation with designer-to-the-stars Kay Unger and a perfect Mother-of-the-Bride or Mother-of-the-Groom dress from Kay’s collection!

Meet Kay Unger: In addition to being an FOF and mother-of-the-groom herself (she planned both of her sons’ weddings last year) Kay Unger is one of the leading formalwear designers in the country, with dresses sold in more that 24 countries and worn by notable names such as Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek and Vanessa Williams. Kay is former president of The Fashion Group and was inducted as a Leading Woman Entrepreneur of the World™ in 1999.

To enter for a chance to win comment below and tell us: “Why do you need a mother-of-the-bride or mother-of-the-groom style makeover?”

{Don’t forget to tell your MOB friends to enter as well!}

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

Images via oprah.com, Forbes Magazine, Nordstrom and Kay Unger