Make-Over Before & After - September 2016

By Barbara Risto, INSPIRED Senior Living Publisher

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Congratulations to Sandy Emerson, the fourth in a series of INSPIRED Senior Living’s Make-Over contestants.

Sandy is celebrating a mid-way point on her weight-loss journey. Despite a physical disability and a spotty support system, at 73, she was able to take off 70 pounds. "Even my doctor doubted that I could lose very much, but I am determined and it meant drastic changes to my food choices and entire lifestyle," says Sandy.

Weight loss is not her only success. New dentures corrected Sandy's smile and she is no longer taking 10 of the 11 medications she needed for illnesses that disappeared with the weight loss. "I went from feeling I was going to die soon, to a regenerated and improved body," she says. "I wanted a new look. A fresh look."

Sandy's health continues to improve and she is able to exercise more than ever before. Hope has replaced resignation. "I feel full of hope that one day, in the future, I will reach my goal weight," she says. "I rewarded my success by having the hair and wardrobe make-over. Rewards help us to keep working towards our goals. I very much appreciate the opportunity that INSPIRED Senior Living magazine provided me – to make my dream come true."

Hana Akai's Process:

For Sandy, I added fine light blond and grey highlights to add brightness to her hair, yet chose colours that do not require a great deal of upkeep. Then, I changed the all-over tone of her hair slightly to soften her look.  
For the haircut, I went with something fun and worked with the curls and texture of Sandy’s hair. I stayed away from anything too polished. Sandy needed something to match her bubbly joyful personality.

First, I used a primer under her make-up. Primers are great for filling in fine lines and giving the skin a smooth surface to apply foundation.  
I lightened up under her eye with a colour correcting concealer and evened out her skin tone and contoured her face with light and dark foundations.  
Tip: For a fresher and more youthful look, start with an even skin tone.
I added some dark liner on Sandy’s top eyelid and a small amount of the bottom. Then, I applied a darker colour around the corners of the eye. I stopped the colour short of the end of the eye. By stopping the colour here, it helps achieve the look of a lifted and wider eye.
Then, I applied the blush with a brush and placed it on the apple of her cheek. This placement gives more emphasis to the eyes and less to the jowls, which tend to droop (thanks to gravity) as we age.
Finally, I curled and darkened Sandy’s lashes. For the lips, I added a nice rosy gloss for a fresh, natural look.

INSPIRED Senior Living would like to thank Akai Hair Design & Esthetics for Sandy’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 Auréa Gems & Essential Luxuries, who supplied the clothing and jewellery.

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