For the sixth year, The Wichita Eagle undertook a fun, sometimes funny and always gratifying project called the Sisterhood of the Divine Makeover.
First we asked readers to nominate people they thought needed, wanted or deserved a head-to-toe makeover. This year, for the first time, we invited men into the fold.
A panel of judges reviewed the nominations and chose three women and three men for the project. Today, you'll see the results on the women. Next Monday, look for a story and photographs on the men.
As has been the case the past five years, all of the winners were introduced with their new looks at the Sisterhood of the Divine Makeover luncheon, a benefit for Dress for Success. It took place June 26 at the Wichita Marriott.
Mattingly, 42, is married with two children and works as a commissioned sergeant assigned to the Offender Registration Unit for the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office.
"One day I looked in the mirror and saw a middle-age mother who could use some updating," she wrote to us. "And I could use some help with my unruly naturally curly hair."
Salon: Charisma East and stylist Jennifer Walker did Mattingly's hair and makeup.
Hair: Walker says she cut Mattingly's hair to complement her face shape, keeping volume on the sides to make her face look more oval. Her new hair color, dark and rich, was chosen to accent her blue eyes and complement her skin tone.
Makeup: Walker used gold and violet tones on Mattingly's eyes to enhance the blue color.
"Mary is fun and full of life inside so I wanted her outside to be hot and spicy!" Walker said.
Clothing: K-Lanes, 600 S. Tyler, provided the clothes and accessories. Louise Davies helped Mattingly shed some of her conservative wardrobe choices by going with an embellished black knit tunic, black leggings and copper metallic sandals.
Eyewear: Specs, 2441 N. Maize Road and 10096 E. 13th St. Yvette Ysidrocq helped Mattingly with her choice of glasses. After trying on no fewer than 50 frames, Mattingly found what she was looking for — an open temple, full metal frame by Takumi. She also got magnetic sunglass lenses that fit on her prescription glasses.
Final comment: "Thank you to my dream team," Mattingly said. "June Cleaver has left the building!"
Disney said she wanted a makeover because she's about to turn 55 and needed a midlife "adjustment." She's a postal worker, married and mother of a grown son.
"I need a boost to my morale and some help with my unmanageable, naturally curly hair," she said.
Salon: Salon Knotty, 1447 N. Rock Road in Wichita and 142 N. Main in El Dorado, did the hair and makeup. Pam Cutler was the stylist.
Hair: Cutler said her objective with Disney's naturally curly hair was to give her a cut that would look good straight or curly. Hali McCord, who did the color, reduced the number of highlights, which added depth and shine.
Makeup: Kadie McCollough used copper eye shadow to brighten and put some accent on Disney's eyes and pink lipstick to give her a softer look. The pink looked pretty with the lavender vest she wore.
Clothing: Aspen Boutique, 4724 E. Douglas, provided clothing and accessories. Erin Duke helped Disney choose a white three-quarter sleeve T-shirt and white jeans topped with a long, lavender vest. The outfit was accessorized with bronze shoes, a cuff bracelet, earrings and plaid scarf.
"The long, flattering lines, the popular color combination, the slimming jeans and versatile jewelry and the comfortable, versatile bronze sandals with crystals add up to a great outfit," Duke said.
Final comment: "My hair is awesome, my outfit is awesome, the whole makeover experience was fantastic," Disney said.
Shepherd, 37, is a single mother of two. She works full time as a member of AmeriCorps in Communities in Schools and attends college in the evenings. She'll be student teaching in the fall and wanted to update her look for the new phase in her life.
Salon: Planet Hair, 504 E. Douglas, did Shepherd's hair and makeup.
Hair: Co-owner Tod Ernst said that with Shepherd's busy schedule he thought her long hair would work well in an easy-to-maintain bob. She has naturally blond hair so Ernst lightened some of it to enhance the color.
Makeup: Liz Lynch did Shepherd's makeup, adding false eyelashes and blue shadow to accent her blue eyes.
Clothing: Pink Saloon, 4730 E. Douglas, provided clothes and accessories.
Brooke Greene and Christina Taylor helped Shepherd choose a versatile outfit that would work well in her teaching wardrobe, but with a few changes could be dressed up. "And since she said she is always cold we added the floral cardigan, which is something that she could wear with jeans and lots of other things," Greene said. "We added the necklace, which brought out the blue in the cardigan and looks great with her eyes."
Final comment: "What a wonderful experience. I love my hair and the outfit and all the pampering I received. What a treat!"