Photo: Sergio Kurhajec
Samantha Sarro, 30
Real life: Highway construction worker
The HairSamantha may have set a photo shoot record in the stylist's chair: ten minutes. Stylist Tip Hallock, from the Ken Paves Salon, smoothed a dollop of gel through Samantha's hair, then used her fingers to sculpt soft waves around her hairline.
The MakeupA little tinted moisturizer was all it took to even out Samantha's porcelain complexion. After that, Rebecca focused on enhancing her eyes (with a few individual false lashes and multiple coats of Lancôme Hypnôse mascara) and playing up her rosebud lips. Because Samantha has so little ruddiness in her complexion, she can pull off a blue-based red lipstick; a creamy formula (like Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary) has a natural luster. The total effect: fairy-tale feminine.
The ClothesSamantha loved the color and fit of this gown by Sydney's Closet. Traditional fabrics (like floaty tulle, delicate lace, and jewel-toned satin) convey "classic, old-world glamour," says Adam. And the dress's unabashedly feminine silhouette—tight bodice, full skirt—emphasizes Samantha's generous curves.
Your Inner PrincessLong, full lashes bring femininity to every look (even steel-toed boots). To add extra volume, wiggle your mascara wand at the roots of your lashes before pulling through to the ends. Another easy (and subtle) eye-opener: Line the lower inner rims with an off-white eyeliner pencil.
Pair soft pieces like a charmeuse blouse with a pencil skirt. Pastels, jewel tones, and metallics heighten the wow factor.
Gown, Sydney's Closet, $346, SydneysCloset.com. Earrings, House of Lavande, $848, 561-802-3737. Bracelet, Ben-Amun, $215, thomaslaine.com.
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