Make-Over Before & After - November 2016

By Barbara Risto, INSPIRED Senior Living Publisher

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Congratulations to Isabelle Hayer, the first of three Make-Over contestants from the 55+ Lifestyle Show on September 22 in Vancouver.

Isabelle is a wife, mother, grandmother, volunteer and mortgage broker with Dominion Lending Centres – A Better Way.

“As a mom and grandmother, I have spent the majority of my life caring for my family and others in my life. It was so easy to lose track of my needs,” says Isabelle. “So, it was nice to do something for me, and something so completely out-of-the-box. As a result, the whole family benefits by having a happier mom.”

After recently ungoing major abdominal surgery, Isabelle’s recovery period was longer than she expected and left her feeling incapacitated and emotionally drained.

“This experience has lifted my spirit and has given me renewed energy,” she says. “I now feel more capable of returning to my previous work schedule with a renewed confidence that my clothes and look are comfortable and professional.”  

“From my first hair appointment with Hana, I knew I had made the right decision and that indeed it was going to be a memorable experience. Hana is outstanding, not only in her expertise in hair and makeup, but also in the thoughtful way she approaches her clients and truly listens to their needs.”

“I also enjoyed and appreciated Lin of Phoenix Boutique who outfitted me with an excellent quality Canadian-made dress from Sympli. The dress they chose for me was very considerate of my current health and professional needs. It was a wonderful experience and I loved it so much that I bought the dress!”

Although the 55+ Lifestyle Show took place on a weekday, Isabelle’s husband, Dave, son, Anthony, daughter-in-law, Sabrina, and grandbaby, Anabel, were able to see her in the fashion show.

“I was so happy they could share in the experience. When I arrived home, my other children and their spouses came by after work to check out my new look. They were all so pleased with not only the look, but how great it made me feel.”

“One of the most enjoyable parts of my life is the pleasure I have to be a proud grandmother (Mamé) to two brilliant grandbabies, Anabel and Stefan. Being with them makes me feel so young again. And with two more grandbabies on the way, I am sure the joy will only increase!”

What Hana did:

Hair: “Isabelle has beautiful, long hair. To help smooth it out, I gave her a keratine straightening treatment (which lasts 4-6 months). It will keep her hair looking smooth even if she doesn’t style it. Next, I gave her an all-over colour about the same level as her natural, and added a small amount of red to warm it up.

For the cut, I only took a few inches off the ends to clean it up and leave the length. Then, I added some bangs and rounded layers.

Make-Up:  My focus was to bring out more of the warm tones in Isabelle’s skin. I evened out her skin tone with a bb cream foundation to smooth any fine lines and even the colour. I put a brighter yellow tone under the eye to cancel out any dark circles.
I used a gold on the eyelid to highlight and draw attention to her eyes. I went with a lavender at the top of the lash line and also black liner to darken the lash line. I used a rustic orange in the crease line. I chose the lavender, gold and rustic orange, specifically, to work with the deep red I added to her hair colour. Then I went with a light pink gloss to brighten the lips.”

INSPIRED Senior Living would like to thank Akai Hair Design & Esthetics for Isabelle’s new look. Specializing in colouring, precision haircutting and make-up application, Hana Akai is accepting new clients at her Victoria location. Call 250-383-3227 or visit  Thanks also to Phoenix Boutique, who supplied Isabelle’s outfit.

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