I was selected for a business women’s makeover by internationally acclaimed transformational makeover expert Eve Michaels on Thursday. The makeover included hair, make-up and an outfit. I had the opportunity to model my “after” look in front of a business crowd. I also got information on how to style myself as an artist. I was super excited for this opportunity. “What NOT to Wear” has been one of my favorite shows. I’ve learned some good general points from Stacy and Clinton. The opportunity, however, for personalized instruction from Ms. Michaels was so precious and inspiring.
Points Ms. Michael reinforced for me included:
- jewel tones ( sapphire, jade, amethyst) look best on me
- a supportive bra is an everyday essential
- expensive clothes don’t have to be if you know where to shop
- thrift store finds can be figure-flattering if you compare your measurements to those of the garment and have a neighborhood tailor
New things I learned:
- my eye glasses are too rectangular for my face, and too narrow so that they cut my eye space (eyebrow to bottom of eye socket) in half
- wider and rounder frames would be more attractive
- “droopy” hair elongates my face and makes me look sad
- more height to my hair will be more complimentary
- a more flattering, attractive, artistic look may actually help me sell more art at better prices
Perhaps the bottom line for me is, I could be doing better with my daily presentation of Kartika: the wife, mom, artist and author. Too often I rush and throw something together and skip the make-up. Years ago I had gotten my make-up application down to 7 minutes. But recently the thought came to me, why should I rush? Why shouldn’t I take 30 minutes to create the day’s look? For me the “whys” speak to some underlying issues. Had I believed I wasn’t worth the time? Had I believed it was vain to make the effort. Was I uncomfortable with “looking great” or “looking sexy”?
I’ll continue to dig into those issues. In the meantime, I’m reading Ms. Michael’s new book, Dress Code: Ending Fashion Anarchy. She has a 3 day makeover boot-camp coming up in September which I’d love to attend!
Please learn more about Eve Michaels and her life-work at her website.
Ladies, wanna weigh in on these issues? I’d love to hear from you!