Our celebrity dream team — hairstylists Ursula Stephen and Keith Campbell, makeup artist Lucky Smyler and stylist Wouri Vice — gave three everyday women head-to-toe makeovers!
The former hip-hop dance instructor and mother of three was always so busy juggling family and school, and felt her look suffered.
Fermin’s dream came true when Ursula Stephen, Rihanna’s hairstylist, made over her mane. “My hair was long for too long!” she says. “Ursula helped women desire and appreciate short hair.”
Stephen cut Fermin’s hair several inches to create a versatile bob that will be easily manageable with her extremely busy schedule, but still be fun and funky.
After applying a semi-permanent hair color to neutralize Fermin’s previously brassy tone, Stephen added several bright orange hair extensions for dimension.
Smyler and Stephen work in tandem to put the finishing touches on Fermin, who was the first makeover candidate to be transformed and photographed.
“She just glows!” gushes Smyler. He emphasized her skin tone by using golden peach and bronze colors to create a sexy, Beyonc
After 10 years, she cut her locs and got a relaxer. “My only options were to wear straight or try curly wigs.” So she challenged us with the question: How do you make this straight stuff cute?
“The best part about this hairstyle is that I now know what to do with my hair on my non-hairpiece days,” Fermin says, laughing. “Now I feel like a whole new sassy thing!”
Stephen wrapped Howard’s hair while wet and placed her under a hooded dryer to minimize the heat and potential damage to her hair.
Howard’s hair was updated from a conservative bob to a sexy, short pixie style with a dash of semi-permanent color for extra shine.
Smyler decided to keep Howard’s makeup minimal to match the youthful, fun and carefree appeal created by Stephen’s cut.
Smyler piled on faux lashes to offset bold eyebrows. “It’s all about the detail and aesthetics,” he says, “it’s not about the color.”
McKend usually did the barest minimum when it came to beauty. She nominated herself for a makeover because she wanted a bolder look.
Post-makeover McKend says that while her “personality pieces” had been removed, it has not diminished her newfound confidence. “As Black women, we deserve to get the star treatment.”
“Lightening the brow softens the eyes and gives them a lift,” says Smyler. Campbell also brightened her hair color with an intense red for an eye-popping effect.
Campbell gave McKend a short cut she can play with that emphasized the volume on top. The addition of hairpieces added shape to her funky new style.
McKend has worn her hair natural for two years. With this cut, Campbell has given her more versatility. She can keep it natural or flat-iron it straight.
Smyler had fun using a bright blue shadow on McKend’s eyelids to make them stand out. He kept the rest of her face natural and flawless for added impact.