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Mom Makeovers

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Posted: Friday, July 1, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:44 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

           Being a mom with young children is a demanding job in itself, but when you have a full-time career on top of it, you barely have time to brush your hair, much less pamper yourself with a whole day at the salon. With that in mind, we treated two busy moms to makeovers at area salons—with great results!

Darla Ferrario kept an open mind when she went in for her makeover at Dominic Michael Salon in Clayton. “I told them to do whatever you want, as long as it’s not spiky and blue,” says Ferrario, who works in marketing at the Chesterfield/Wildwood office of Coldwell Banker Gundaker. Hair stylist Kaleigh Schmitt stayed away from any spikes or shades of aqua, but instead gave Ferrario an edgier style that’s not “just the traditional ‘mom’ look.”

Schmitt stripped Ferrario’s hair color and gave her a warm, light-brown shade with highlights. “Being summertime, I thought it’d be nice to brighten her up and make her color a little more interesting,” she says. A swing bob shortened Ferrario’s hair in the back but kept most of the length in the front, helping to elongate her face, and L’Oreal Professional products provided volume and smoothness.

Then, Dominic Michael’s Lis Greenberg played off Ferrario’s new hair color, her underlying skin tone and eye color to enhance her features with Murad skincare products and Aveda makeup. Maroon eye shadow brought out the green in Ferrario’s eyes, while shades of peach and bronze on the cheeks and lips complemented the warm color family. “We just wanted to take her features and play them up,” Greenberg says. “She can do this look in 10 minutes and be out the door.” 

The ease of maintenance will be key for Ferrario, with 1-year-old Isabella and 2-and-a-half-year-old Josh to keep her busy, and the transformation left her with a head-turning new look. “It was just fun—what a makeover should be!”


To get ready for the Ladue News Charity Awards reception, we sent LN staffer Dawn Stremlau to Eclips Salon and Spa in Webster Groves. There, stylist Jesse Kline used cut and color to give her hair a manageable, trendy look. “I did a stacked, angled bob to move the hair toward Dawn’s face and create movement inside the haircut,” Kline says. “The layers will help it grow out better.” Kline also foiled in pieces of red and caramel to “give her some dimension without changing the base color too much.” Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream gave the finished hairstyle softness and shine.

For makeup, Eclips’ Jaclyn Retherford used GloMinerals products to create a look to last all night. Starting with tinted moisturizer and a pressed base, Retherford used a shimmery purple-brown eye shadow with black liner and waterproof mascara to bring out Stremlau’s eyes, while a peachy sheen on her cheeks and high-shine Luna lip gloss added to the evening look. “I used the GloMinerals Luster palette, which you can use for the whole face,” Retherford says. “It’s an easier look for a mom to recreate—one product for all-day use.”

    With 4-month-old Gavin and 2-and-a-half-year-old Vera at home, Stremlau appreciated the rare chance to indulge in a makeover, and the outcome was exactly what she hoped for. Even Vera agreed. “When I got home, my daughter said, Whoa, mommy, you look pretty!”

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