After: Sophisticated and confident
AfterSTEP 2: BEAUTY
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.
Britnee has naturally curly hair—and naturally curly brows to match. Brow expert Eliza Petrescu trimmed them for a smoother finish.
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
"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."
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).
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.
"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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