Real life: Highway construction worker
Secret alter ego: Princess
Gets her hair cut at a barber shop, and wears bulky layers that make her feel schlumpy...even when she's off the job.
When she chopped off her hair:
"Two years ago, right before I started working my first construction job."
Her current hairstylist:
"A barber at Marley's Cuts in Shirley, New York."
What she digs:
"Roads. I also rebuild bridges and pour concrete."
Her workday wardrobe:
"Sturdy, oversize, and shapeless."
Her style idol:
"I'd have to say it's my 14-year-old daughter. She's really chic and just naturally has always had a great eye for fashion."
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.