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The mummy makeover challenge

Would you let your kids choose your new look? Three brave mums did - and the results are amazing

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The mummy makeover challenge

Meet three seriously cool kids Cory, Layla and Kingston (aka eager young stylists) and their intrepid mums, all ready to take our makeover challenge with the help of celebrity hair stylist Andrew Barton and the latest fashions from George.

Want to know how they turned out? Read on for three stunning new looks…

The no-me-time mum

Danielle Livingstone, 39, a part-time teacher from Beckenham in Kent, lives with her husband Stuart, 44, and their three kids, Stanley, eight, Layla, seven, and five-year-old Nancy. 

Layla says, ‘My mummy is the best mummy ever. She’s always taking me to the park and buying me ice cream – my favourite flavours are blue bubblegum and strawberry. 

‘I don’t think Mummy would like blue hair, so I’ve decided she should have pink, like strawberry ice cream. It’s also the colour of our front door, and it’s nice and summery, so it would match the sunny weather. ‘It’s my little sister Nancy’s favourite colour, too, so she’ll be happy.

‘Mummy normally looks OK, but I think she could look prettier with pink hair. She likes jeans and T-shirts, so maybe she could wear something like that but posher, with really lovely shoes? She had to have some operations over the last few years, so this will be a nice treat for her.’

Get the look 

Step one

Apply foundation in your usual shade – Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, will stay matte even when you’re rushing around! 

Step two 

Sweep Max Factor Wild Shadow Pot in Pale Pebble, over your eyelids. Trace Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner, along the top lash line, as close to the lashes as possible. At the outside corner of your eye, do a soft flick upwards. Add a sweep of taupe shadow over the socket and blend – L’Oréal Color Riche Quad Eyeshadow in Nude Lingerie will do the job nicely – and add two coats of Collection Supersize Fat Lash Mascara.

Step three

Add a sweep of coral blush over the apples of your cheeks – Rimmel Royal Blush Cream Blush in Coral Queen, gives a lovely dewy glow. Finish with a show-stopping red lippie like Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Red Carpet.

Andrew says: "Balayage hair colouring – darker roots with lighter ends – is so on-trend right now, and pink tips look great with this." Great for curly or straight hair, this is colour with less commitment as you don’t need to get your roots done so often. Keep the shades looking vibrant with Andrew Barton Protect My Colour Shampoo and Conditioner.

Danielle says: "My appearance has taken a back seat over the last few years – and not just because I’m so busy as a mum of three and part-time teacher. I have a gene mutation that causes breast and ovarian cancer so, in 2014, I had preventative surgery. I lost my own mum at a young age, and I want to be around for my kids. I had another operation last February, which triggered the menopause. Hot flushes don’t exactly made me feel attractive! My normal look is thrown together with hand-me-down clothes, a bit of mascara, and my hair simply pinned back. When I saw my new do, I was over the moon – the pink is so stylish and subtle. I’ve never worn red lippie in my life, but it’s fab. From now on, I’m definitely going to make the effort to carve out some me-time."

The stuck-in-a-rut mum

Denise Rawls, 46, a business development consultant, lives in Hackney, London, with her husband Cory, 44, and 10-year-old son, also called Cory.

Cory says, ‘For as long as I can remember, my mum has worn her hair in a bun on the top of her head. The only time I’ve ever seen it down is when she’s just come out of the shower, or in old photos. She used to work in an office and always had to wear suits and look serious – but now she’s working for herself, I think she needs to be braver and try new things. 

‘She’s a really fun person, always telling me jokes or blowing raspberries on my neck when she’s tucking me into bed, so I think she needs a look that’s not as boring.
She should definitely wear her hair down and have it looking more curly, to show how fun she really is. I think she’ll look amazing.’

Get the look

Step one

Apply a light foundation in your usual shade – Rimmel Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Skin Brightening Foundation is great for tired skin. Set with George Silk Finish Pressed Powder for a lovely matte finish. 

Step two 

Sweep the lighter colour from the Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette over the eyelid, then press the bronze from lash line to crease and blend. Dab golden shadow across the lid and blend in. Add brown eyeliner and finish with two coats of L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara in Black. Fill in brows with Collection Define & Perfect Eyebrow Powder.

Step three

Using the Collection Contour Kit,, sweep the lighter colour above the cheek bone and the bronze colour below. Add a dab of peach blush – George Blush in Little Gem, is fab – on the apple of your cheeks and blend. Line lips using Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction then apply pinky brown lipstick – we love L’Oréal Color Riche Lipstick in Bois De Rose.

Andrew said: "It can take a lot to make us try something new with our hair, so I’ve given Denise a light trim and curls rather than anything too drastic." Denise’s hair is prone to frizziness, so Andrew Barton Smooth That Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner each, is ideal. This low-maintenance style is easy for Denise to keep under control as she gets used to her new look.

Denise said: "It’s true – I’ve been addicted to the top-knot for many years! Working in the City, it was easier to just pull my hair back to look tidy. As I’m quite short, a
top-knot also added a bit of height, which gave me a boost. I’d lost confidence in wearing my hair down, though, and didn’t know what to do with it anymore."

"Last June, I left work to set up my own business, and now’s the time to take the leap. When I saw myself post-makeover, I was delighted – my hair looks so much softer and more flattering. It’s inspired me to be bolder with my hair and make-up, especially as Cory says I now look like Michelle Obama, which is definitely a good thing!"

The style-crisis Mum

Franki Barker-Johnson, 23, lives in Bow, London, with her four-year-old son, Kingston. Kingston says, "My mum looks fine normally but her hair is really boring – in the morning she looks like a bear, it’s so big and wild! My favourite colour is bright red because I love strawberries and Spider-Man, and my favourite Power Ranger is the red one too, so I think that’s the colour her hair should be. She’s a really nice mummy because she gives me lots of cuddles and reads Spider-Man comics in bed with me and always sings me songs, so that’s why she deserves a treat. I think she’ll look really pretty at the end, just like a princess in a Disney film."

Get the look

Step one

Apply foundation in your usual shade – we love Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid,. Add Max Factor Mastertouch Concealer, then finish with Maybelline Super Stay 24H Powder

Step two

Sweep L’Oréal Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Golden Nude, from eyelash line to crease. Pat Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow in Bronze,, over the lid and blend. Add individual false lashes from Eylure Lash-Pro Individual Lashes,, and two coats of Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Waterproof Mascara,.

Step three

Rub L’Oréal Infallible Blush Paint Chubby Blush in Pink Picasso, over the apples of your cheeks. Line lips with George Precision Lipliner in Pretty in Pink, and fill in with L’Oréal Color Riche Lipstick in Magnetic Coral.

Andrew says: "Franki’s got gorgeous fair skin and green eyes, so this colour is great for her. Her hair is very thick so I’ve put in layers to give shape and movement." 

As well as looking fab, this look will be easy to maintain. Franki can still pull her hair back if she wants, or style it for a job interview. Andrew Barton Volumizing Texture Spray, tames her bushy hair but keeps the volume.

Franki says: "I’ve been a single mum since Kingston was born, juggling looking after him with studying for an English degree and working in a bar, so I haven’t had much time to focus on myself. My hair is normally scraped back in a ponytail, and I run around in jeans with minimal make-up. I was worried Kingston would decide I should have blue or green hair, but when I saw my new style I was delighted – and so shocked, I barely recognised myself.  I’ve just finished my degree and am starting to apply for jobs. It’s nerve-wracking, but looking at my reflection after the makeover, I saw a glam woman ready to take on the world, rather than the uncertain girl I’ve often felt like inside. High five, Kingston!"

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