Jun 06

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From “Taken for Granted” to “Big Promotion”

Total Image Transformation by Sandy Dumont The Image Architect

“It seems there’s no limit to where a makeover can lead!” This was a remark made by Mary Ann after a weekend Stiletto Camp. She continued, “I was very empowered and energized by your Stiletto Camp. I bought a few key pieces to get going in the right direction and applied all the principles you conveyed. I’ve continued to get positive feedback, and I sense an attitude shift both in myself and in others towards me.

“The people I saw every day at work took me for granted. Once I made the image changes, as I came in contact with new people, they took me seriously. It didn’t take long for my old associates to see me as a “wow” person who had all these great ideas and tremendous energy. I also saw myself with different eyes. I needed to change on the outside, but I never suspected I would also change so much on the inside after a makeover. It actually gave me laser-sharp direction to move in.”

In fact, Mary Ann was so inspired that she reformatted her resume and was quickly in the running for a technical executive leadership position in her company. She went through three rounds of interviews and was summoned to the corporate headquarters to meet with the corporate leaders. She went to one more interview and was informed that she had the position! Indeed, there’s no limit to where a makeover can lead! she said.

The most impactful change was with Mary Ann’s hair. I used my ceramic flat iron to re-shape it into a more flattering line. Her hair was like most of the clients I see. It was layered too much, so it appeared choppy. Her bangs were non-descript, so that’s where I began first. Once they were “updated” I smoothed out her hair so it looked as if it were one length and not so choppy. I suggested she begin growing her hair to one length along the sides and back so that she could ultimately get a hairdo that was sophisticated but not difficult to maintain. I sent her photos to show to her hairdresser.

Because of subtle red highlights in her hair, Mary Ann was drawn to colors that usually appeal to redheads, such as her lime green shell and orange scarf. “I didn’t bring any clothes to the session,” she explained, “because they’re all too big and I’m sure none of them are right for me anyway.”

She was probably right. Lime green and orange turned out to be her worst colors. She looks better in their polar opposites, violet and emerald green or royal blue.

Mary Ann discovered that her black suit was great, but that she needed to wear makeup and accessories with black to bring out its most positive characteristics: “big city” panache and high authority without intimidation. Lipstick made an immediate and dramatic difference, because it truly made her face the focal point. As always, the right foundation and blusher color gave uniform color to Mary Ann’s face and made her skin look more youthful and natural. Bolder earrings also bring out the best in big city black. I hid most of her scarf for the photo, because orange and lime green look harsh next to black.

Mary Ann discovered that you can make a new “first impression” if you make truly powerful changes with your image. Dramatic changes are normally scary, and Mary Ann admitted that having four other women in the two-day Image Boot Camp she attended made it easier. “We had a chance to go home and let things settle in before moving on to the next step the following day. And it was great seeing the other women going through the same “turmoil” I was! We all cheered each other on.”

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