Before & After - Sharon McKenzie

By INSPIRED Senior Living Staff

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Photo by: Bryan Antenor

Congratulations to Sharon McKenzie, the final of three Makeover contestants to undergo a transformation at the 55+ Lifestyle Show, held on September 22, 2016 in Vancouver.

Sharon of North Vancouver is a happily married 58-year-old mother of two: Sara, 22, is a recent SFU graduate; and Scott, 20, is currently studying Engineering at Langara. With a busy professional life, Sharon works as a graphic designer, a travel consultant for Expedia Cruiseship Centers and a marketing manager for her husband’s illustrated children’s book, Soccer Sami and the Big Meanie Coach.

When she’s not working, she loves travelling, entertaining, attending
plays/concerts and socializing with friends and family. To stay fit and active, Sharon enjoys running, hiking and playing golf.

When a friend suggested she apply for the INSPIRED Senior Living Makeover Contest, Sharon thought it would be a fun experience, but never expected to be chosen. “I don’t usually win anything,” she says.

The experience turned out to be as exciting as Sharon thought.
“Getting a haircut I wouldn’t normally ask for and then trying on a bunch of outfits I wouldn’t normally pick for myself was great!” she says.

Sharon says the process made her feel special and the outcome was a boost to her confidence. With the makeover complete, it was time to hit the runway for the fashion show.

“My friends and family loved the makeover, especially the haircut and the reveal at the 55+ Show,” she says. “They thought I was great on the runway.”

In the end, Sharon was happy she gave the makeover contest a try. She believes everyone should step out of their comfort zone and try something new from time to time.

What the stylist did:

Hair: I decided to give Sharon a short cut because I wanted to show off her beautiful neck. The dark hair colour I used covered the grey in her roots and then I used some highlights to slightly lighten the overall look. This offered more depth and dimension to Sharon’s hair giving her a sleek, sophisticated and updated style.

Makeup: For her makeup, I started with concealer and foundation that evened out Sharon’s skin tone and gave her a fresh, glowing base. A lighter eyebrow pencil kept the look soft, while the dark smokey shadow and eyeliner I used made her eyes pop!

Sharon’s cheekbones are one of her best facial features, so I used a soft peachy colour to accentuate them. I finished off with a slightly darker peachy lip colour. Overall, Sharon’s look is subtle, fresh and radiant. |

INSPIRED Senior Living would like to thank Akai Hair Design & Esthetics for Sharon’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 Sharon’s outfit.


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