For the November 2008 issue, O
convinced the stars of The Real Housewives of Orange County
to get New York City makeovers
. Beauty director Val Monroe (left, with housewife Tamra Barney) thought she was on set to report on the transformations, but a surprise ambush, complete with clip-on hair extensions, forced her to get one of her own.
At 8 a.m., she showed up fresh-faced for what would become a 15-hour shoot. "I spend less than five minutes in the morning [getting ready]," says Val. "The Housewives spend one to one and a half hours. I couldn't get myself up early enough to put on that much makeup."