Makeover: Chic and practical style for bridal stylist and mom

Alex Stockman-Chen before, left, and after her makeover with Nadia Albano.

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Alex Stockman-Chen, 32, is a bridal stylist.  She was struggling to find a chic hairstyle that was stylish yet practical for a busy mother of two.

Alex Stockman-Chen before her makeover.

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Alex has a lot of straight, fine hair.  She was frustrated with her shapeless, flat and boring style and wanted a cut that would make her hair look thicker and fuller.

I shampooed her hair with Oribe Magnificent Volume Shampoo and Conditioner.  I applied Oribe Featherbalm Weightless Styler to her mid-lengths and ends as an ultralight leave-in conditioner.

I sectioned her hair and began to cut the back into a diagonal-forward graduated bob.  This shape offers beautiful volume and fullness through the back and side profile. I maintained the length in the front to below her chin and tidied up the fringe so that it would fall perfectly below her eyebrows.

Before styling, I sprayed Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray for thermal protection and body building fullness. I rough dried the hair with a blow dryer and a Denman brush, then switched to a small round brush to create lift at the crown.  I finished her style with Oribe Superfine Hairspray.


Alex Stockman-Chen after her makeover.

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Alex loves the look of a cat eye and red lip, and that’s exactly what we did.  We lined her eyelid with black waterproof eyeliner, then tight-lined her waterline to create a sultry look. We layered a liquid liner to create a sleek and clean finish then curled and coated her eyelashes with black mascara.

We evened out her complexion with a tinted moisturizer and a little concealer under the eyes, added a hint of blush to the apples of her cheeks, and finished the look with a bold red lip.

Makeup must-haves for this look:

Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix BB Cream in light with MAC Studio Fix NC 15

Concealer: Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

Bronzer: Physicians Formula Bronzer and Highlight Palette

Eye Pencil: Smashbox Always On Gel Pencil in Fishnet layered with Stila Liquid Liner

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous

Blush: MAC Powder Blush in Melba

Lip colour: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso and NYX Lip Pencil in Ruby


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