Jane Camp hadn’t changed her look since high school – and she’s 61.
“I am stuck in a rut,” said Camp, a retiree, wife and mom from North Raleigh. “My ‘style’ is aging-out old hippie. I have longer-than-shoulder-length blonde, graying hair, and I am too old for that. I still wear blue jeans, flannel shirts and Converse All-Stars.
“I need help!”
I gave Camp a makeover that took years off her appearance, updating her hair, clothes and makeup. I picked two stylish outfits to highlight her figure and show her modern vision of herself.
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Before: Camp asked for a change from her uniform of light jeans, patterned tops, blunt-cut hair and unisex sneakers. She wants to celebrate her femininity.
After hair and makeup: Dawn Carrington cut about 4 inches off Camp’s hair, drawing attention up to Camp’s face instead of her shoulders. After cutting the hair into a long bob hairstyle, she used a curling iron to create barrel curls that flatter her face shape. She put a few golden blonde highlights in Camp’s hair to give it dimension and warmth, but left the gray-white sections around her face, which accent her eyes. Debra Goodyear gave Camp full makeup – full foundation and contouring, false lashes, red lipstick – to bring out her glamorous side.
After, florals: The modern floral Per Se Copenhagen sheath dress is an investment piece with a classic shape. Delicate accessories fit Camp’s stature: Nina pointed-toe D’orsay pumps and fabric clutch with metal cutout detail; Mickey Lynn pendant necklace with pyrite and citrine details; and Honesty beaded bracelets.
After, chic in gray: Slim separates are comfortable and accent Camp’s figure. The Per Se graphic pullover has an asymmetrical hem, and it’s highlighted by a Mickey Lynn multi-strand necklace. The Carlisle iridescent black belt with textured goldtone buckle defines her waist. The Per Se graphic pencil skirt shows off her legs, along with the Sam Edelman pointed-toe pumps in animal print. The quilted Lancaster shoulder bag is functional and pretty.
The reaction: Kudos to Dawn Carrington of The Glam Lounge in Raleigh for providing a free hairstyle and makeup session for Camp. “I was scared to cut my hair, but I love how it turned out. It’s cut so that even if I don’t curl it, it will fall around my face in a nice way,” Camp said. As a continuation of her makeover and as a mother-of-the-groom gift, Carrington did Camp’s hair and makeup for her son’s wedding a couple of days later. Thanks to Melrose Fisher of Lots of Luxe for giving Camp a free top that’s perfect for layering. “What a wonderful day,” Camp wrote after her makeover. “The new look was a hit with (husband) Carey.”
Photos by Juli Leonard
Clothing from Lots of Luxe Studio (luxenc.com), 5821 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill
Shoes, handbags and jewelry from Kristen’s Shoes and Apparel (kristensshoes.com), 501 Daniels St., Raleigh, 984-202-5030.
Hairstyling by Dawn Carrington, owner; and makeup by Debra Goodyear, Glam Lounge (glamhaircare.com), 722 N. West St., Raleigh