After: Sophisticated and confident
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After

STEP 2: BEAUTY

Her makeup:
Britnee rarely wears any makeup, which makes her look even younger than her 25 years (and like a lightweight contender in the job market). So makeup artist Frank Guyton dusted a sheer gold shadow over her lids and applied several coats of thickening black mascara (superdramatic lashes are a huge trend right now, and Britnee needs to look current to break into the music business). A dab of pink cream blush and topaz lip gloss pulled together Britnee's look.

Her brows:
Britnee has naturally curly hair—and naturally curly brows to match. Brow expert Eliza Petrescu trimmed them for a smoother finish.

Her hair:
Ever since she was 16, Britnee has been relaxing her shoulder-length hair. Extensions and a new cut take her from nondescript to stylish.

"With this sleek hair and makeup, I can spend my energy talking about my skills, not trying to prove that I'm a grown-up."

STEP 3: FASHION

The challenge:
"Britnee's hurdle is to look like she belongs in the music business," says Adam, who thinks her youthful personal style—tees, sneakers, vintage dresses—keeps her from being taken seriously by interviewers. "Everything I own is wash-and-wear," Britnee admits. "My rule used to be, if I have to iron it, I'm not buying it."

On-trend:
In Britnee's desired field, looking hip is a plus. This draped cream-colored leather jacket (Vince, $995) is very of the moment, especially tossed over a minidress in a witty graphic print (Ellen Tracey, $140).

Essential extras:
Cool accessories like a studded belt (MixIt by JCPenney), bracelets on each arm (Lyric Culture, Ted Rossi), and a chunky cocktail ring (Lydell NYC) inject personality.

The verdict:
"This outfit says cutting edge, not stuffy," Britnee notes. "I no longer look like an 18-year-old who doesn't know what she's doing."

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