As my personal transformation continues (whether I want it to or not), I realize there is one thing that I have yet to do: completely and drastically change my look. It’s makeover time!
(For one who now spends her days in yoga clothes, makeup free and in a ponytail, this should be interesting.)
I have an inconsistent history when it comes to breakovers — changing my look in reaction to, or following, a major life event such as a breakup. (In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve had a few “major life events” lately). I’ve been known to cut off a lot of hair and go much darker following a romantic breakup. You know, because I am edgy and tough. Sometimes the new look worked, other times … not so much.
In preparation for my wedding, I had grown my hair long for what felt like years, so I cut it all off once it was over and tried out the “Pob” — the bob style that Victoria Beckham, AKA Posh Spice, was rocking at the time. While I liked my short hair, the simple reality is that I cannot function without the ability to pull it back into a ponytail. I woke up every morning looking like a mushroom head, and was not about to wash/blow-dry/style every day to get it to look anywhere close to normal. So, lesson learned — the shortest I will ever go again will still be long enough to pull back.
As I consider what to do next, a few things come to mind.
- Why? Well, why not? I’m bored. My short hair grew back years ago. I’m also now a “suddenly single” woman in my
late30s. Time to mix it up.
- Risk tolerance? When it comes to color, anything goes. If I don’t like it, I’m only stuck with it a few weeks. In terms of cut, I will go shorter, but not so short that I can’t wear it back / in a ponytail.
- Level of upkeep and effort? Um, well, the reality is that the vast majority of times I leave the house these days are for yoga, trapeze or Whole Foods. Meaning, I don’t care how I look. Even now, when the opportunity to actually *go out!* arises, I am fine taking the time to make myself pretty. Those days are very few and far between, as opposed to when I had to go into the office every day (shudder).
Turning to The Google for inspiration and to see what looks were out there, I came across the InStyle Hollywood Makeover application. Holy time suck … and holy fun!! Check out the gallery below to see a few potential “new looks” based on celebrity styles. I assume the makeup artist and hair stylist are included with these makeovers?
(note: I couldn’t figure out how to have the photo caption/description appear with each picture, so click on the “i” in the upper right corner to see who had the original hair and makeup look)
I'm fabulous! [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_ashley.jpg]40Ashley Olsen
Don't worry, I don't have a twin. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_beyonce.jpg]20Beyonce
Having babies with Jay-Z! [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_blake.jpg]10Blake Lively
Eat your heart out, Leonardo. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_cameron.jpg]20Cameron Diaz
A-Rod? I beg to differ. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_carrie.jpg]00Carrie Underwood
I'm a little bit country ... [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_cat.jpg]10Cat Deeley
Oh I know I can dance. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_christina.jpg]00Christina Hendricks
Va-va-voom. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_claire.jpg]00Claire Danes
I love Jordan Catalano [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_debra.jpg]00Debra Messing
Red with grace. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_drew.jpg]00Drew Barrymore
Embracing the hippie side. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_gwyneth.jpg]00Gwyneth Paltrow
You wish you were me. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_jane.jpg]00Jane Krakowski
Rocking the 30s. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_jessica.jpg]10Jessica Biel
I love you Justin! [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_julianne.jpg]00Julianne Moore
I'm hot. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_katie.jpg]10Katie Holmes
Tom told me to wear it like this [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_katy.jpg]10Katy Perry
Why not? [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_kyra.jpg]00Kyra Sedgwick
One degree from Kevin Bacon. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_linda.jpg]10Linda Evangelista
I don't get out of bed for less than ... well, a Starbucks. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_malin.jpg]00Malin Ackerman
I have a weird name. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_maria.jpg]10Maria Menudos
I interview famous people. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_mena.jpg]00Mena Suvari
This is my natural color. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_posh.jpg]00Victoria Beckham
Posh or not? [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_rachel.jpg]00Rachel McAdams
I dated Ryan Gosling. Worship me. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_reese.jpg]00Reese Whitherspoon
Type A. [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_sjp.jpg]20Sarah Jessica Parker
Better than Carrie! [img src=http://www.lifeafternormal.com/wp-content/flagallery/breakover-looks/thumbs/thumbs_tyra.jpg]10Tyra Banks
Work it girl.
not at all ashamed to admit I spent several hours playing around with this
So, although most of those looks are unattainable given my nonexistent hair and makeup skills, I think I am going to go for a darker color (meaning, closer to my “natural” color, whatever that is). But in terms of style, I have no clue.
Thoughts? If I had to choose, I think these are three of my favorites (and probably, the ones that look most like what I actually have right now … in my wildest dreams anyway):