When Maggie Reed received the call telling her she'd won Living North's
makeover contest, the excitement in her voice spoke volumes.
But not every reaction was equally positive.
"I thought it was funny," said Reed's sister, Jane. "I don't know if she needed it."
"Oh, no, she needed it," countered Reed's mother, Molly, who was along for part of the makeover process.
"I don't mean that in a bad way," Molly quickly continued, explaining that every new mother could probably use a makeover because caring for yourself becomes an afterthought.
Reed would agree with that. "Hey, if I am out of bed and have taken a shower, I feel pretty good about myself," the bubbly 29-year-old
The mother of an eight-month-old daughter, Reed entered Living North's makeover contest hoping to renew her personal sense of style and refresh her overall appearance. Lillians of Duluth offered to give Reed a summery
wardrobe transformation while Salon in the Valley stepped up to put a modern spin on her hair and makeup.
Reed is a paraprofessional who works with children in Duluth Edison School's special education program. Her clothing is constantly being tugged on, knelt in and beat up. Consequently, Reed admits her sense of style is based more on comfort than, well, style.
"I don't want to wear clothing that prevents me from playing," said Reed.
"If I wear something, I want to be able to hike or crawl around on the ground."
With that in mind, the professionals at Lillians searched through their racks to find an outfit that was both functional and fashionable.
Katie DeGrio, co-owner of Lillians, r e c o m m e n d s shopping for
staple pieces versus settling on an outfit comprised of clothing that can
only be worn together. If done properly, she says, a person may have 15 pieces of clothing but 30 wearable, chic outfits.
One such clothing staple is the pair of black leggings DeGrio picked
to compliment Reed's turquoise and black summer frock. "They stretch and they hold stuff in. They're really great pieces," said DeGrio.
To finish the look, Reed donned a funky wristwatch, a pair of sparkly
turquoise earrings and black sandals made from recycled yoga mats. "They're
so comfortable," Reed said as she waltzed around the clothing shop. "It really does feel like you're walking on yoga mats."
Reed definitely liked the material of the dress, which DeGrio promised
would remain wrinkle-free. "When you have a cute outfit, whether or not you
wear it depends on how easy it is to clean," said Reed. "I like that you can just throw it in the wash and wear it."
HAIR AND MAKEUP:
Reed, who described her hair as sad and neglected, admitted right away her
hair color needed some major help - she had been dying it herself for years, not bothering to find the same color twice.
As she sat down in Salon in the Valley's chair, Reed's number one concern was how long she'd have to spend in the morning to make it look nice.
Salon owner Stacy Nylund is a mother herself. "I know how hard it can
be to spend an extra eight minutes on your hair in the morning," she said.
Nylund gave Reed a rich, brown color treatment with more defined
blocks of blonde highlights framing the face.
"The blocks of blonde around her face will really brighten it up and bring
out her features," said Nylund. "The darker base will bring out the natural
color of her skin tone."
For the cut, Nylund wanted to give Reed something fun and flirty. Reed's
hair is naturally thick and curly so Nylund started by removing some of
the weight. She added interior layers throughout the cut explaining they
encourage natural curve patterns and provide support to the hairdo.
Reed worried about frizz so Nylund dried her hair using a cooler setting and applied an all-natural thermal straightening cream before using a flat
iron to finish the look.
Next, Reed plopped down in the makeup chair. Shirley Nylund slathered
Reed's face with a moisturizer. "Moisturizer makes the foundation go on better and is really good for the skin," said Shirley.
She evened out the skin tone with a light foundation and then applied a
slightly darker one to enhance the facial features.
To add a little funky flair, Shirley brushed Reed's eyelids with shades of
turquoise and green, using brown eyeliner on the upper and lower lids.
Because the eyes were the feature Shirley wanted to be the focus, she
applied a light blush to the apples of Reed's cheeks and minimized the lips
with a tinted lip gloss.
Hair and Makeup by Salon in the Valley
Clothing provided by Lillians of Duluth