Season 8: Sarah W.’s Makeover

posted: 03/23/11
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Stacy and Clinton will show Sarah how her wardrobe can help her attain a better body image. Sarah's Makeover Pictures.


Body Type: Curvy

Problem: Sarah's listening to a chorus of imaginary mean girls.

Sarah is a 26-year-old athletic trainer from Seattle with brains, beauty and a promising future. The only problem is Sarah doesn't see it. Her low self-esteem keeps her hidden in a bland wardrobe of boring khakis and ill-fitting, super-tight tops. After a recent weight gain, Sarah's lifelong battle with body image has spiraled out of control and she's taken to using a fierce negativity as emotional armor. Can Sarah see her all-star potential? Or will her serious cynicism be too much even for Stacy and Clinton?

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Clinton and Stacy confront Sarah about her wardrobe.

Sarah's Fashion Don'ts:

  • Buy into perceived negative attention and think that you can't celebrate your body's curves.
  • Dress like one of the kids you're training or teaching.
  • Mistake a pair of gold flip-flops for dressing up.
  • Wear heels with socks, specifically a pair of Mary Jane mules.
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One of Sarah's mannequins.

Sarah's Fashion Dos:

  • Go for the jugular! Have shapely legs? Show them. Possess a lovely d?(C)colletage? V-necks to the rescue!
  • Choose casual wear that you can train kids in, but has some aspect of your personality -- detailing in the shoes, a T-shirt with trim details.
  • Indulge your feminine side when the occasion calls for it -- drinks, anyone?.
  • For evening, go for a little shine in the shirt, pair heels with jeans -- little details that will help communicate that you're young and celebrating your youth (after all, it doesn't last very long!).
  • Define your curves -- the quickest way to defining an hourglass waist is through the power of the mighty belt.

Get This Look!

  • Dark denim jacket: Lucky Brand at Macy's
  • Silver chain necklace: RJ Graziano
  • Magenta patterned dress: Evan Picone at Macy's
  • Brown wedge platforms: Enzo Angliolini at Nordstrom's Rack
  • Yellow handbag: Jessica Simpson at Macy's
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How can anyone this beautiful have any self-doubt?

Ted's Hair Transformation:

Ted looks at Sarah's beautiful mane and asks her why she never wears it down. She says she feels more comfortable about it being back. He points out that there's something about hair "that really represents how a woman feels about herself."

Hair Color: Highlight hair using two different high-lift blonde shades. Shampoo with Ted Gibson's Daily Cleanser and condition with Ted Gibson's Daily Nourish Conditioner

Cut: Cut long layers and 3 inches off the length of hair.

Finish: Apply Build It by Ted Gibson and blow dry. Spray with Beautiful Hold hairspray by Ted Gibson.

Carmindy's Makeover:

Carmindy wants to know why Sarah seems so sad. She points out that Sarah's a beautiful 26-year-old with everything in front of her and yet she's spending every day beating herself up. She wants to peel away the negative layers and show her how gorgeous she really is.

Sarah's Step-by-Step Makeover:

  • Apply foundation with a sponge all over face, including eyelids.
  • Dust on face powder all over face, including eyelids.
  • Fill in brow with brow corrector.
  • Line upper lash line with pencil and smooth over with angled brush.
  • Sweep the highlighter shade from the Mountain Palette under brows, on inner corners of eyes and on top of cheekbones.
  • Sweep the lid shade from the Quartz Palette across lid from lash line to crease.
  • Sweep the contour shade from the Quartz Palette under the lower lash line.
  • Finish with black mascara on top and bottom lashes.
  • Sweep bronzer on temples, along sides of face and under cheekbones.
  • Apply blush.
  • Apply lipstick and gloss.
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Reveal outfit #1.

Casual Wear Takeaway Tips:

  • The color of this shirt makes this outfit a stand-out.
  • Detailing in the sweater elevates it from hum-drum to packed with personality.

Get This Look!

  • Cream cardigan with marble print, J. crew, $69.99
  • Coral ruffled tank: DKNY at Loehmann's, $24.99
  • Gray trousers: Banana Republic, $79.99
  • Mustard tote: Tignanello at Macy's, $83.40
  • Black ballet flats: Calvin Klein at Macy's, $69.99
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Reveal outfit #2.

Rocking a Casual Dress Takeaway Tips:

  • The white jean jacket give this outfit some flexibility in going from day to evening.
  • Behold the waist-defining belt!

Get This Look!

  • Silver metallic sandals: Loft Ann Taylor, $59.50
  • White jean jacket: Ralph Lauren at Macy's, $74.62
  • Pink, red, white floral dress: Tahari at Macy's, $129.50
  • Black snakeskin belt: Calvin Klein at Macy's, $45
  • Silver sequin cuff: Betsey Johnson at Macy's, $35
  • Clear bead dangle earrings: Macy's, $15
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Reveal outfit #3.

Date Night Dress Takeaway Tip:

  • The dark wash of the jeans and the flare at the bottom keep the silhouette long and lean.

Get This Look!

  • Black sequin tank: Calvin Klein at Macy's, $49
  • Gray beaded cropped jacket: H & M, $39.95
  • Jeans: White House Black Market, $88
  • Brown multi-strand bracelet: Banana Republic, $35
  • Orange kitten heels: Via Spiga at Macy's, $87.50
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The new Sarah is stunning!

Notable Quote

"I guess I never really realized how miserable I probably was to live with and be around with all that negativity and all that self-doubt that was going on. I just made this huge transformation and a lot of progress. I'm ready to own my body; however I don't feel that I'm at the end of my journey -- I feel like I'm just beginning." -- Sarah.

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