Before & After - Ann Auld

By INSPIRED Senior Living Staff

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Photo: Sean Doe

Congratulations to Ann Auld, the second of three makeover contestants to undergo a transformation at the 55+ Lifestyle Show, held on March 21, 2017 in Victoria.

Ann’s career of providing academic supports to post-secondary students attending various programs allows her to meet fascinating people with extraordinary dreams.

Her own dreams include walking the length of the Trans Canada Trail. She also hopes to “walk the paths of my ancestors, along the ancient routes that brought them to their forever homes. I also dream to one day co-share a long table in which to eat, drink and laugh with family and friends.”

As a solo parent to a daughter who requires forever support, Ann rarely takes the time to see to her own beauty well-being beyond the basics.

“Being involved in the makeover contest provided a lovely distraction to the dreariness I was feeling in myself and my appearance,” she says.
“I loved the experience of handing over the ‘responsibility’ of the makeover to those whose passion it is to assist women to ‘see’ themselves in new ways.”

Ann’s favourite part of the makeover experience was seeing the reaction of others to her transformation.

“My mother’s reaction was my favourite: she saw me on stage at the reveal and she, like others, did a double-take before she broke into a huge smile and turned to the person sitting beside her to say, ‘That’s my daughter,’ her voice full of pride and love. My 20-year-old daughter also commented on how much she loved my hair and makeup!”

“The entire makeover gave me a sense of joy mingled with a feeling of glamour, if only for a brief time; allowing self-care amidst my core responsibilities.”

What the Stylist did:

“I decided to change the texture of Ann’s hair by using the ARROJO American Wave because her hair was flat and I wanted to add some fun movement to go along with her beautiful personality.  

“American Wave is a professional salon service to create soft, natural-looking, wave and curl patterns, bounce, body and movement for those that want to make the graceful elegance and individuality of texture a part of their hairstyle and identity.” –Nick Arrojo.
Ann loves being blonde, so I went with a full head of Balayage highlights to give her ripples of sun-kissed highlights throughout her hair. Then, I brought the length up to just below her chin into a long bob and added some textured layers to give her extra lift.”  


“To start, I applied a primer, then an all-over foundation with slight contouring.
Colours that work best for blondes are shades of cool browns, taupes, bronzes, granite, tawny, pinks, pastels, mauves and plums. For Ann, I decided to go with a taupe, bronze and mauve. Then, I added false lashes to draw more attention to her eyes and covered the lash seam with a line of black liquid eyeliner.
On the cheeks, I used a rose cream blush to give Ann a healthy look and added an opal-coloured highlight.
I started her lips with a lip-coloured pencil to prevent the lipstick from bleeding; the waxiness of the pencil seals the lipstick in place, and then I used a beautiful red lipstick to finish off Ann’s look.
Special thanks to the entire INSPIRED Makeover team:  
Stylist – Hana Akai of Akai Hair Design
2559 Quadra St. Call Hana for details about hair and makeup 250-383-3227. Visit online at
Clothing provided by Aurea Gems and
Essential Luxuries – 614 Johnson St.,
Makeup provided by Broadmead Pharmasave – 777 Royal Oak Dr., Victoria – products and colours chosen by Hana.
Manicure provided by Shimmer Body & Nail Spa, Victoria – Call 250-881-3787 or visit
Hair products Hana used for Ann’s look:
ARROJO Curl Control shampoo and conditioner ($31.20 & $33.80 retail), which are sulfate and paraben free. They add moisture, softness and smoothness. For styling, Hana used the ARROJO curl control ($28.60 retail), which creates natural curl formation with control, polish and sheen and also Arrojo Wave mist ($29.90 retail) that reactivates curls and encourages playful body and texture. Hana finished off Ann’s look with ARROJO Primp hair spray ($33.80 retail); its light-weight and pliable hold is amazingly responsive to heat styling tools.

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