Better in 15: A Pulled-Together Look in 15 Minutes or Less
The last time filmmaker Annie Coburn, 35, saw the inside of a salon, she came home to find her husband and baby daughter sick with a stomach flu. Then she felt terrible herself. "You could have called me dude, " she told her husband. "I would 've come back. " Though everyone recovered nicely, the experience left Annie less inclined to spend time at the salon.
But one day not long ago, she was persuaded to place herself in the hands of an all-star beauty team: hairstylist Patrick Melville and colorist Rick Wellman of New York City 's Patrick Melville Salon; makeup artist Susan Giordano, founder of Giordano Beauty; and eyebrow guru Eliza Petrescu, owner of Eliza 's Eyes in Manhattan. Here 's what happened.
To complement Annie 's fair skin tone and give her a glow, Rick dyed her medium brown hair a rich auburn, which had the added benefit of camouflaging grays. He also painted coppery highlights around her face to accent her cheekbones. Annie 's medium-length hair was hiding her face, so Patrick snipped about four inches. To help define and hydrate her natural waves, he applied a mixture of equal parts styling glaze and leave-in conditioner to her damp hair, working it from roots to ends. Then he let it air-dry almost completely before blow-drying with a diffuser.
After smoothing on stick foundation, Susan dotted liquid blush on the apples of Annie 's cheeks. With a mocha pencil, she lined the outer two-thirds to her lower lids and traced along the upper lashes with dark brown gel liner. Then she applied silvery brown shadow to her lids and curled her lashes. Next, Susan added a coat of black mascara to the upper lashes only. Finally came concealer under the eyes, an allover dusting of powder and a swipe of pinky beige gloss. Annie 's right nrow was higher and rounder than the left, so Eliza lifted the left arch and straightened the tail on the right.
Annie 's mom uniform—loose, baggy separates—is comfortable, but it doesn 't project the pulled-together yet edgy vibe she 'd like. The solution: clothes that have the right combination of softness and spunk, like this floral top layered under a moto-inspired jacket. Dark jeans and stacked-heel boots elongate her legs but are comfortable enough to move in.