How to Give Yourself a Makeover

What to do if a friend suggests you need a new haircut or clothes

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A few years ago my boyfriend at the time took one look at the baggy pants I was wearing at brunch and suggested I go on the TV show "What Not to Wear." Around the same time, my best guy friend told me I needed a new hairstyle (see dated haircut in my picture on this site). He couldn't believe that a beauty editor only got her hair cut and colored 4 times a year.

The guys were right. I needed a makeover, stat.

What do you do if your friends suggest you get a haircut, new glasses or start wearing more color? You either get mad at them or you listen. I choose to listen because I trust my friends have my best interest in mind.

I now get my haircut more regularly and I never, ever leave the house without at least mascara. When I go to work now, I make sure I'm not just comfortable, but "fierce." People have noticed the change. Several have told me I've never looked better in my life. At 37, I take that as a compliment.

As I told a acquaintance recently who was looking for a makeover and a boyfriend, "Honey, you've got to rock the sidewalk. Every day."

How to Make Over Your Hairstyle

Here are the steps to take when going for a dramatic hair makeover.

  1. Identify your face shape. Next, find out what haircut best suits your face shape.
  2. Peruse magazines or these photo galleries for styles you like.
  3. Always come with pictures. Make sure you wash & style your hair as you normally do. This shows your stylist how much time you really have to spend on your hair.
  1. Show, don't tell. Sit down with the stylist before you get your hair wet, & show him/her exactly how short you're comfortable going. Pointing out with your hands says much more than stating, "a couple inches." Feeling brave? Tell your stylist you're comfortable with change & willing to let them work their magic.
  1. Definitely consider color. If you have dark hair, try going a shade or 2 lighter or try out a deep auburn. If you have lighter hair, go for highlights.
  2. Point out your best feature to the stylist. If you have fabulous eyes, cheeks or lips mention that you'd like them to 'pop.' He or she will know what to do.

Read this before you go: How to Get a New Haircut You Won't Hate.

How to Get a Makeup Makeover

Once you have a new hairstyle, it's time to get a makeover for your face and skin. Head to a department store makeup counter and ask for a makeover. Pay close attention and ask a bezillion questions. Then buy a couple items. Get the rest at a drugstore if cost is an issue.

Read this before you go: How Not to Get Ripped Off at the Cosmetics Counter.

Make Over Your Wardrobe

With your hair and makeup done, it's time to makeover your wardrobe. Here's how to do that:

  • Take a friend shopping to help you pick out clothes to go with your new hairstyle and makeup.
  • If you wear glasses, take a friend frame-shopping and invest in new stylish frames.
  • Have a stylish friend sit on your couch as you model everything from your closet. Direct them to say "yay" or "nay" and suggest ways to perk up your more boring items. Ply them with drinks or food if necessary. Donate the "nays" to charity.