The List: What tips would you give someone wanting to transform their current look?
Anouk Hatzakorzian: Firstly, find self-confidence and learn to love yourself. Then consider changing your hair, either by cutting, colouring or the way you style it. Invest in some good makeup and get your eyebrows groomed. The little changes can make a big difference.
Douglas Lillico: Don’t hang on to the past with a dated hair cut that may have looked good ten years ago but doesn’t necessarily suit you now. When you change your hair consider your face shape and structure, your eyes as well as your life style and how much time you have to style a haircut.
Eve Roth Lindsay: Know what colours look good on you. Coco Chanel once said, ‘the best colour in the whole world is one that looks good on you’. The quickest and easiest way to update your look is to wear colours that you look good in.
The List: What major mistakes do people make when it comes to finding a style that suits them?
Douglas: I think the kiss of death for a woman is an over-dyed, over-fried haircut. Full hair with a lot of movement is sexy but hair that is just stuck to your head does nothing for you, no matter how good looking you are.
Anouk: Many people make the mistake of wearing clothes that don’t suit their shape or fit their body properly. Style is a learned behaviour and a simple and gradual process of training your eye to your silhouette and proportions and knowing what looks good. It is not just a case of following trends and buying the must-have items of the season.
Eve: The most common mistake people make is shopping with their friends or family and buying what they like instead of what suits them. It is very important to understand your own personal style of dressing and buy clothes that you can personalise with your own signature. When you wear clothes that suit you, you feel more confident and it shows.
The List: What can someone do to instantly look younger?
Douglas: As they get older, any women tend to hide behind lots of hair. They cling to long hair because they worry they will lose their femininity if they cut it off. But this can actually cast shadows on the face and make you look much older. The key is creating soft layers around the face but removing some of the bulk or pulling the hair away from the face to create a more open, fresh look.
Eve: It is important to look current and up-to-date. Nothing is more ageing than seeing someone dress in clothes that are out of fashion. Fads come and go every year but trends stay half a decade. If you understand trends and learn how to make them work for you, you will look younger.
Anouk: Embrace the moment and don’t hold on to the past. Feeling good about yourself gives you a glow from the inside. Practically speaking, keep your hair well maintained. There is nothing that can give you an instant boost and make you look younger than shiny, well-cut hair. I find dark brown lipstick shade make people look older as does excessively plucking your eyebrows. Getting your teeth lightened can also make you look younger and finally, it is important to stand up straight. Good posture makes you look thinner, younger and more confident.
The List: What is the most dramatic makeover you have ever been a part of?
Anouk: Every makeover is dramatic for my clients (and for me, for that matter). You see the person dealing with many emotions during the sessions and finding their confidence. Letting go of “the old you” is not always easy but it feels wonderful when clients get compliments after our sessions. One of my clients even got approached in the street by a handsome stranger and asked out to dinner.
Douglas: I was doing a hair show in Louisiana and spotted this beautiful 5'9" girl who was swamped in frizzy, waist-length hair and asked her to model for me. She was only 16 but she got up on stage and said that she was fed up of looking young and wanted to chop all her hair off. I was initially thinking of giving her a bob but she insisted that I give crop her hair. So I just took her ponytail and chopped the whole thing off. The crowd went wild and I was sweating buckets but by the time I’d finished she looked absolutely stunning. You couldn’t even tell it was the same person. I sent her photos to a friend at a modeling agency and she later became a very successful model in Miami.
Eve: This is a hard one because there are so many memorable ones but one that I constantly think about was a makeover for a group of women recovering from cancer treatment. They had all been going through so much, losing weight as well losing their as hair. To be able to help them feel good about themselves and give them their confidence back was just amazing.
The List: What looks do you predict will be fashionable but wearable in 2007?
Anouk: Puffed sleeves, dresses with short hem-lines, taut dresses and short shorts will be in next season. colour wise it is all about creams and whites with gold as well as black and white graphics.
Douglas: Hair trends next year are moving towards a softer, more feminine look. Women will be throwing away their straighteners in favor of flowing curls and plenty of movement.
Eve: For Spring 2007 think feminine, pretty and soft or totally modern 60s looks. colours are fresh and light with fresh accents or strong and contrasting. The newest must-have item is the LWD (little white dress) replacing your LBD (little black dress). You will want white, pure, creamy retro-feeling dresses with grandmotherly embroideries on white linen or white-edged futuristic white tunics.
The List: What beauty products do you recommend for an instant pick-me-up?
Anouk: I love Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub for New Skin and Renew-Plus body Serum. For the face I love Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which truly fixes my skin overnight. I have also recently discovered Phyto Paris intense Hydrating Hair Mask, which totally puts my hair back on track.
Douglas: I recommend coming into the salon for one of my protein-infusing treatments. It immediately gives the hair bounce and vitality and makes such a difference.
Eve: colour me beautiful’s Skin Adjuster and Foundation, whitening toothpaste and a big smile.
Eve Roth Lindsay
Native New Yorker Ever Roth Lindsay established Savvy Style in 2001. As an international fashion designer Eve has been involved in every aspect of the fashion world. Savvy Style offers professional, practical and affordable image advice to men, women and teens who want to look their best. colour analysis, image, fashion, style and makeup consultations with Savvy Style will help you make a good impression. For a personal image makeover contact Eve at 2522-2592 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org