We challenged three readers to Dare to be different in our October issue. After their marvellous makeover, we sat down with a cup of tea for a chat about their experience…
Who they are…
Cheryl Croker, 39, stepped back to the swinging 60s to discover vintage doesn’t mean old-fashioned
Nicola Donovan, 46, discovered her elegant ‘rock chick’ gene with luscious leather
Sue Bailey, 42, got ladylike in lace and changed her opinion of this delicate fabric
Cheryl: I love it! I had a fantastic haircut, wore make-up totally different to how I normally wear it and got to try flat pumps for the first time – groovy!
Nicola: I’m really happy with it – there wasn’t much change to my hair, but changing my parting to the middle instantly altered and updated my appearance, proving you don’t have to make big changes.
Sue: Yes, I love my look – it’s so glamorous. The outfit was completely different for me as I normally just wear jeans and flats. But look at me now!
What part of the day did you love the most?
Cheryl: My favourite bit was the end result, seeing Sue, Nicola and myself all dressed up and looking glamorous!
Nicola: I just adored the whole pampering experience. I don’t usually have much time to spend on myself, so it was very enjoyable.
Sue: Relaxing while having my hair and make-up done was my favourite part. I’m usually in a mad rush in the morning, so don’t get much time to worry about how I look! But it was all really exciting.
Cheryl: I’ve found the hair manageable but I haven’t tried to recreate the make-up. The dress is something that I’ll probably wear, but I’m not sure if I will ever be brave enough to wear flat pumps again as I’m only 5ft tall!
Nicola: I kept the middle parting and recently had a trim to ensure I maintained the cut. The lovely make-up artists created a smoky dark eye, which was a bit of a shock when I first saw it – just because I wasn’t used to it. But I have managed to replicate a slightly lighter version. I have noticed there are lots of wet-look jeans and leggings in the shops… I may have to invest as this seems to be a real key trend for autumn.
Sue: Mine was not an everyday look, so I haven’t tried to recreate it yet… but maybe I will for my next night out!
Have you used any of the top tips from the day?
Cheryl: I’ve learnt to be bolder when applying make-up for special occasions and how to put different outfits together.
Nicola: To spritz hairspray lightly on my hair then smooth with my hand – this works well for those fly-away hair moments when you have just blow-dried in a hurry!
Sue: How to get extra body for different styles and nights out. I’m also looking forward to shopping with a more open mind in future and trying different styles and fabrics.
How did the new you go down with family and friends?
Cheryl: They all loved my hair and thought the make-up was very dramatic!
Nicola: My husband doesn’t usually like me in heavy eye make-up but this time he said I looked lovely, and my friends were very complimentary.
Sue: They thought it was very adventurous, very different to how I usually look, and they all loved it!