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  • Softer lips and lighter hair can lift your face

    39 posts, 18 voices, 1624 views, started Jan 2, 2009

    Posted on Friday, January 2, 2009 by Christopher Hopkins

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    • Aquamarine
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      This is Gail.  At 50 she had gotten stuck in a rut.  Softer lip color with focus on the eyes as well as a lighter hair color can often be more youthful.

          



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          Scorpion13 wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • Big, big improvement. Now you can see her gorgeous eyes and pretty face. What’s the best way to lighten brunette coloring? Blonde doesn’t look very natural on me.



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          Christopher Hopkins wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • No, I’m not implying that. Lighter from black is dark brown, lighter from dark brown is medium brown, lighter from medium brown is light brown, lighter from light brown is dark blonde....etc.  

          If you are coloring your hair black, it can be more youthful going lighter. Which may be dark brown to medium brown, and so forth. Still brunette, just not as dark.    

          I believe you can wear your hair brunette into your 60’s and beyond, but you will need to balance that color with make up to help balance it.    

          My mother, pictured here at 66, still wears her hair dark, but she balances that with more dramatic make up.

          (By the way, Gail was C L U E L E S S about hair and make up, yes.  Thus she was perfect for a dramatic makeover!)  


          Joann Hopkins, age 66



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          UK Girl wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • I think Monnalissa is right her make up was vile before I think she was stuck in a 70’s time warp also her hair dye looked home done - she looks better but have you a great example on brunette updated ........



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          Christopher Hopkins wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • VILE!  Great word!  

          She was stuck in a rut.  That was the point for the makeover.  She honestly wore her make up and hair like that.  Many women just sort of do what they’ve always done and don’t have an eye for how to do something else.  

          Stuck in a rut, I guess.  She is actually a flight attendant for Northwest.  I’m not sure how she went all these years and no one said anything.



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          Christopher Hopkins wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • Adding highlights is the most natural way to lighten brown hair.  Sublte, two shades lighter maybe.  

          The most common color we do for brunette is to match the natural color and add highlights.  Like we did for Gail.  

          For my Mom, we actually do a solid color but a shade lighter that was her “natural” dark ash brown.  

          She should still go lighter but she won’t listen to me.



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          Scorpion13 wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • You‘re mother is beautiful! Sparkling white teeth really help us look younger, also.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • If we send you a picture of ourselves, with or without makeup, can you advise us from there?



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          Shopgirl1960 wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • A great improvement for Gail, and your Mom looks FABULOUS!

          I love looking at makeovers!



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          Christopher Hopkins wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • First of all thank you for the compliments. Overall it is dramatic compared to say “natural.” (And she will NEVER give up the eyeliner!)  

          I am hesitant to have people upload photos as I’m concerned I will be starting a new full time job by opening that can of worms!!  

          I cannot commit to coming to the site every day to check.  (



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          Karyn Olson wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • OMG...your Mother is beautiful...I hope when I get to be her age that I look half as good....happy



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          Inakika wrote Jan 2, 2009
        • Okay, with the first lady. I can’t believe that was her before picture! That looks like my Halloween make-up!



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          Christopher Hopkins wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • LOL.  It’s a funny story.  She sent in a photo of herself and I sent back:  “Perfect!!”  Meaning, I figured she was mocking it up for the photo, but it was a perfect “example.”  

          When she came in for the photo shoot I laughed at her again assuming she was “in on the joke.”  I asked if anyone had a red lipstick at the shoot and she pulled out a plastic bag of Wet and Wild gooey dark lipsticks.  

          Then when she came to the salon for the actual makeover, there she was, in the same make up.  And I said, “Oh my God, you were serious!”  

          She has a very good sense of humor.  You can see her on the video on the Today Show...after about 4 triple shot Latte’s.  

          She is one of the stars of the book.  No one can believe it.  But I didn’t change a thing on her “before.”



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          Leeann wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Wow what a little change in makeup can do ! I have been blonde most of my life, it washes me out.    I been coloring it a llittle darker these days .



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          Coachmombabe wrote Jan 3, 2009
        • Christopher, your mother is truly beautiful! Of course, you knew that already or you wouldn’t have shown her to us! ;o)

          I’ve gone au natural with my hair color. I never thought I’d like the “salt and pepper” look, but I have a lot of silver around my face, which I think is fairly soft. I was getting highlights for a while, but they tended to be yellowish, as I’m naturally a brunette.

          How do you recommend one soften their look when transitioning to silver? (I refuse to call it gray!).

          BTW, you are a very gifted artist! Thank your for sharing some of your expert advise with us!



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          Christopher Hopkins wrote Jan 4, 2009
        • Fantastic!!  

          Remember I said going lighter CAN be lifting.  Some people look better with darker hair.  

          It was just a headline to go with my photos for crying out loud!

          And for the question about transitioning to silver...I think it can be very soft as is.  I’m silver.  :)  I like the salt and pepper and gray looks.  They will make you look older, however, they can really make you look better.  “Younger” isn’t always better.  

          I look younger with colored hair, but I am told I look better with the gray.  So...whatever...the choice is always ours.  And it a choice we can change whenever we want!



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          Coachmombabe wrote Jan 4, 2009
        • Hahaha! Okay,I hear you, Christopher! Anyway, your comment made me laugh. I have a young friend (26) who likes my silver. He said it gives me “credibility“. I didn’t know I was lacking it! lol!

          Thanks!



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          Jenni0811 wrote Jan 4, 2009
        • I wish to comment on the lighter lips idea. I have seen many “older” women wearing light colored frosted lipstick and I think it looks just as garish on them as too dark. I believe the frosted light lips are for younger faces (i.e., no wrinkles). A soft pink or peach seems to me to be the most flattering. Also, the black eye liner as your mom is wearing can be just as severe a look as too dark hair. As we age, we don’t want to stay away from color, because color will bring youth back to our fading features, just severe color at either end of the spectrum, light or dark, can accentuate the worst...as seen in the “before” shot!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 4, 2009
        • Your mom reminds me of Raquel Welch. Wow, no wonder you do the work you do, look at the role model for beauty you had as a kid. Your mom is gorgeous.

          Now I was shocked by the before and after of Gail. In the first photo I couldn’t even see the real color of her eyes. The second picture is lovely. In the first I couldn’t believe she was only three years older than me; she looked so much older than 50.

          She’s a pretty lady. You brought out her natural beauty.



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          Mz. Queen wrote Jan 4, 2009
        • I just colored my hair two days ago, I would show you a picture but it’s hard to see a difference unless I’m outside or under a big bright light.

            My hair is naturally black with a hint of gray, I colored it medium reddish brown by Garnier Nutrisse. I’m satisfied because I can see the new color. My best liked lipstick is Fuschia by MaryKay.



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          Christopher Hopkins wrote Jan 7, 2009
        • Yes, I think it also applies to women of color.  A little softer, can be more youthful than black black.  But you can go longer before showing signs of age that lighter skin can.

          I agree heavy frosts and pale pink lips not look good.  But it’s all relative.  In my mother’s case, the eyeliner and the lighter lips with a slight (note slight) frost simply works better.  (Trust me, we’ve tried E V E R Y T H I N G).  

          The main thing is you cannot generalize.  Which so many people want to do in the media with sound bytes.  “What is one thing no woman should ever do..?”

          For instance.  Betty White...ancient...but still with the dark eyeliner and false eyelashes.  She’s look like a corpse without it.  Depends on the the woman, the size of her eyes, her personal style.  Big point...has to be immaculate.



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          Christopher Hopkins wrote Jan 7, 2009
        • Gail kept up most of her look.  Went back to spider lashes, and still avoids foundation.  Which she needs.



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          Encee wrote Jan 10, 2009
        • I have a question.  I have medium brown eyebrows and never had to tint them until that first gray showed up.  There aren’t many, but well, they do stand out.  So, now, I tint my eyebrows and they are actually darker than they have ever been.  

          Last week I went to a hairdresser who insisted that my base color should match my eyebrows.  I said okay, but didn’t feel optimistic about it.  

          Well, now I have a chocolate base color, which is far darker than my natural hair by the way, with blond highlights.  I don’t like it.  I really wanted lighter hair, something like Jennifer Anniston’s color, as she and I have about the same complexion and I really like it.  

          How can I get rid of the grey in my brows without making them darker?  I have consulted professionals about this, and they tell me there is no way.  Are they right?  

          Also, can I have the light golden brown hair I really want with darker low-lights to compliment the darker brows?  The stylist I just went to did not understand what I was talking about when I mentioned this.  

          Thanks for the help!



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          Christopher Hopkins wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Well, you should be able to tint your brows to match your natural brow color and cover the gray.  We are not legally supposed to, in many states, use haircolor on brows as “it may cause blindness.”  

          That being said the only difference really is you are that much closer to your eyes than the temples of your hairline when applying to your brows.  So the liklihood is not...well likely.  Try “just for men” beard and sideburn color on your brows.  Go a shade lighter than your base color.  Trim your brows and they won’t look so dark.

          As far as golden with lowlights.  YOu can do it.  It’s just difficult to maintain and to look natural.  What tends to look the most natural is a base color that is darker with highlights.  Lowlights tend to fade and you end up with strange coloring combos.  

          Generally your brows will look better if they are lighter than your haircolor (providing your haircolor isn’t light blonde, of course).  Use a dark blonde pencil to fill in brows and to pencil over gray.

          Hope that helps.  Rather than try to explain to a hairdresser the process you want to have done, it’s usually better to bring in a photo of the color you are going for, ask if they think that is possible, and have them figure out how to get there.  If they don’t seem to understand, go to another.  Ask the owner.  

          The color you are wanting is not one for the amateurs and, you might have to find a higher priced and more experienced stylist to achieve that.  All deep thoughts for today.



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          Encee wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Thank you very much!  

          I will take  your advice!  

          Nancy



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