Season 8, Episode 9: Susan

posted: 03/23/11
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Sue needs a lesson in style. Sue's Makeover Pictures.


Body Type: Tall and thin

Problem: Inspiring glee in everyone else except herself.

Sue is a 41-year-old from Seattle who followed her ambitions to the bright lights of Broadway, but bowed out and became a dedicated mom and high school glee coach. This beloved teacher is proud of the life she leads and inspires her students, so why does her style of outdated thrift store duds say, "I gave up on my dreams?" Can Stacy and Clinton help Sue overcome insecurities from her past, so she can be the best mom and role model possible? Or will she struggle to take the focus off her flaws?

Sue's Fashion Don'ts:

  • Think that you're conveying a message of relatability through thrift-store duds.
  • Don't dress in head-to-toe denim.
  • Don't wear a skirt or dress that hits at the ankle -- it draws the eye down.
  • Go for the lowest hanging fruit when choosing casual clothes -- you can be fashionable and comfortable.
  • Deny yourself the opportunity to be pretty.
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One of Sue's mannequins.

Sue's Fashion Dos:

  • Inspire your students with an accessible, open and authoritative countenance through your clothes.
  • Consider replacing school denim-wear with a good pair of neutral trousers.
  • Celebrate curves by choosing waist-defining dresses and shirts.
  • A boyfriend jacket and dark wash jeans are great on a tall frame.
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Ted and Carmindy teach Sue how to bring her inner beauty to the outside.

Ted's Hair Transformation:

Ted amped up Sue's natural color with a subtle touch of golden ginger. He then gave her eye-framing bangs that are youthful but professional-looking.

Ted's Rx:

  • Single process Color with Loreal Professional hair color Glimmering Gold.
  • Shampoo and condition.
  • Style with Build It blowdrying spray by Ted Gibson.
  • Style with Fix It gel by Ted Gibson.
  • Style with Tame It shine lotion by Ted Gibson.
  • Style with Beautiful Hold hairspray by Ted Gibson.

Carmindy's Makeover:

Carmindy brought out Sue's baby blues with a subtle makeup palette from Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy.

Sue's Step-by-Step Makeover:

  • Apply airbrush makeup.
  • Apply concealor under eyes.
  • Apply cream blush to apples along cheeks into hairline.
  • Dust on face powder.
  • Fill in brows with brow corrector.
  • Sweep highlight shade under brows on inner corners of lids and on top of cheekbones.
  • Line upper lash line with pencil.
  • Sweep the lid shade across lid from lash line to crease.
  • Sweep the contour shade under the lower lash line.
  • Finish with black mascara.
  • Apply gloss.
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Reveal outfit #1.

Final Reveal Takeaway Tip #1:

  • This look is polished, professional, fun and inspiring to herself and her students.

Get This Look!

  • Pants: Tahari at Bloomingdale's, $138
  • Blouse: Deletta at Anthropologie, $58
  • Cardigan: Banana Republic, $40.99
  • Cuff: Banana Republic, $45
  • Sling-backs: Tahari at DSW, $69.95
  • Handbag: B. Makowsky at DSW, $199.95
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Reveal outfit #2.

Final Reveal Takeaway Tip #2:

  • This dress plays up Sue's coloring and accentuates some of her best assets -- a small waist and great legs.

Get This Look!

  • Dress: Karina at Darryl's, $175
  • Necklace: Nancy & Co, $78
  • Earrings: Banana Republic, $24
  • Sandals: Stuart Weitzman at The Shoe Box, $265
  • Bangle: Banana Republic, $45
  • Bag: H & M, $10
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Reveal outfit #3.

Casual Date Night Takeaway Tip:

  • The jeans are long and lean; paired with a sequin camisole, it's the perfect sexy-casual outfit for a date with her husband.

Get This Look!

  • Shoes: Nine West at DSW, $35.97
  • Earrings: Anthropologie, $34
  • Jeans: 7 For All Mankind at Bloomingdales, $165
  • Camisole: Banana Republic, $98
  • Blazer: Banana Republic, $67
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Sue has learned to teach style by example.

Notable Quote

"Now when my daughter looks at me she's going to be seeing someone who's free and confident and feels great about herself." -- Sue.

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