Post # 1
Hoping to get a lot of response to this post. I was at a banquet for my major last night and my freshman girl pal comes up to me and says she is very interested in a mature, college/professional makeover. Our advisor actually said she should go to me for advice since she was looking for it and I already have a pretty good fashion sense. She needs help. Point blank. Right now people do not take her very seriously and she is very interested in getting a new look, right now her look screams high school homeschool (in a bad way) and I am excited to help her gain the confidence she needs over the summer. She already plans on losing up to 30 lbs with her mom in an attempt to get back on track weight wise. I think this will do great things for her!
I am uploading a few pics to see what you ladies would recommend I recommend she do, or go with her to get a whole new look. I admit I’m not exactly sure what to suggest at this point. I’m so glad she’s open to new ideas and not at all offended but asking for help.
Post # 3
Edit: I also want to add that she is a fun-loving girl with her own style, though a bit dated. her dream is to work on television and film and I am just worried that no one will take her seriously as an acting professional (my line of work as well). Unfortunately it’s a line of work that pretty much requires people to look like models. :/
Post # 4
Asking you for help is one thing, asking the world is another.
Did she give you permission to post her pics?
Post # 6
Is the bottom pic more recent? Because my first suggestion would have been growing out the bangs, trying a fresh hair color, etc.
Besides that, I would definitely say a makeup trial/lesson, because it’s just my personal opinion that people look more put together with some nice, professional makeup.
As for clothes, maybe find out from her some celebrities or something that you can use as clothing inspiration…then hit the mall 🙂
Post # 7
The bottom picture is closest to her look right now, I’ll check with her on her favorite celebs. My biggest fear right now is pushing my own style onto her 😉 I really do want her to find a more mature look she likes.
Post # 8
Is her hair naturally that blonde? I can’t really tell. An update on her hair colour- regardless of if the blonde is natural is a good start. Highlights, low lights, etc. I’d put layers around her face and taper them in with her bangs. Because her hair is curly and thick, the layers would look great around her face shape and enable her to wear it curly or straight. In continuation with the straight hair- obviously investing in a straighner so she has the option to play around with different hair styles.
Her brows are a good shape- they just need basic grooming and they need to be a tiny bit darker. So investing in a cheap brow pencil would really help bring out her light eyes and be super flattering!
I think your best bet is to watch a What Not to Wear on TLC with a woman of similar age or shape. I get so much inspiration from them!
By The Way I hope my response isn’t viewed as bitchy. I’m posting for entirely aesthetic purposes because I’ve been a professional licensed makeup artist for 3 years!
Post # 9
for clothing ideas you can check out this blog http://www.jseverydayfashion.com/’ defer=’defer (this isn’t my blog, although I wished I was as good at putting together outfits as this girl). It shows how she takes celebrity/magazine styles and translates them for everyday people…and where to buy the clothes for cheaper than designer prices. I’ve found it pretty useful
Post # 10
Some of my thoughts:
If she wants to look older and more sophisticated, she needs to get her hair and skin under control. Maybe a brazilian blowout or if she loves her curls, a lesson with a hairstylist on how to best to tame them and make them look best. She needs to see a dermo about her skin if she isn’t already, and then go see a makeup artist for a lesson. Makeup is extremely important when you are trying for a mature look and vibe.
Post # 11
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I would just go to some stores and have her try different stuff on to see what she likes, what she feels confident in, and what suits her. If I was in your situation I’d probably try stuff on too so that it was more fun and less of an instructional outing (:
Post # 12
Okay, first things first, no more hoodies! As a replacement, find some casual boyfriend blazers/cardigans, and be sure to belt them to highlight her waist. A couple of skinny belts from H&M in neon colors would be a good, cheap way to get on trend.
Also, no more boots with scrunched up pants. Have her get a good pair of dark skinny jeans, and a slight bootcut pair to wear with flats.
Do you know what her favorite feature is? That would be helpful for further suggestions.
Post # 13
The hair color in the bottom looks to be the most flattering imo. Makeup lessons would be great if she’s not super familiar with it (there are some great tutorials on youtube). For clothes, I would wait to buy a bunch of new outfits until after she loses the weight she wants to. Otherwise, it’s just wasted $$$. I would read up on what best compliments her body type for some inspiration, like with celebrities as a PP mentioned.
She’s pretty cute as is.