The 8th annual Wichita Eagle Makeover Contest had a new twist this year: We had a mother-daughter category. We ended up with nominations from women of a variety of ages and diverse backgrounds.
Two women — plus the mother-daughter team — received head-to-toe makeovers totally free, thanks to the generosity of local retailers and salon owners.
All the winners had good reasons for wanting a makeover, and all looked great when their new looks were unveiled at the Sisterhood of the Divine Makeover Luncheon, a benefit for Dress for Success on June 23 at the Wichita Marriott.
The 44-year-old wife and mother of two sons — one in middle school and one in high school — went back to school to get her teaching degree when her husband was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her mother-in-law, Dolores Pankratz, nominated her because she thought Sandy needed some pampering because her life is devoted to others in her teaching job and in taking care of her family and hurrying around to her sons’ activities.
Sandy is getting ready for a family cruise, so a tea-length halter dress of polyester jersey seemed the right choice, especially because it will pack easily. A black shrug was added, and accessories carried out the Moroccan theme.
The 73-year-old said she wanted a makeover to get started in a new phase of her life. She’s been retired awhile but says now she’s ready to go to work, perhaps part-time, and get involved in volunteer work for local charities. At her last job, she wore “horrific khakis and the polo shirt with the logo on it.” She wanted no more of that look.Salon: Hair: Makeup
The 31-year-old daughter in the winning mother-daughter team has been working as a substitute teacher and is pursuing a permanent teaching job. She also is going to get back into the dating world as she lost her fiance more than a year ago. She wanted a versatile outfit that would present a professional look for interviews.Salon: Hair: Makeup Retailer:
Angela wanted versatile pieces to mix with other pieces in her wardrobe, and she got that with a pair of black slacks, a tiered shirt in a color of blue that went perfectly with her new glasses and a black shrug.Eyeglasses:
Yvette, with Angela’s input, chose blue frames with a flattering shape by OGI. “We wanted something playful and fun, and this frame did it for her. And these looked great with her eye color,” she said.What Angela had to say:
The 58-year-old mother of the mother-daughter team heard from her daughter that it was time for a makeover.
“Mom and I have both had pretty much the same hairstyle since I was eight, so it’s time for a change,” Gibson wrote about herself and Linda. Linda works as a bookkeeper, sells aircraft parts and ferries planes to South Africa.Salon: Hair: Makeup Retailer:
Linda was in need of a suit look for times when she needed a professional appearance. The bright red was the right jolt of color to add, and the red shoes added some fun.
When the enormous choice of frames was narrowed down to two, it was between a pair that didn’t show up and one that was much bolder. The black frames by Chanel were finally chosen. Yvette said they were on target with the latest trend.What Linda had to say:
At the Sisterhood of the Divine Makeover Luncheon, one person was chosen for an instant makeover. It worked out well because the winner, Margery Nagel, was there to celebrate her birthday with her mom and sister. Once her name was drawn and she was introduced to the audience, she was taken to a room for the makeover. She was then re-introduced at the end of the luncheon.Salon: Hair: Makeup: Retailer:
Tall, slender Margery was thrilled with her new dress, crochet jacket and silver and sparkling accessories, including rhinestone sandals. “The dress is a great color for her and accented her waist,” Beth said. The crochet jacket can be worn over many outfits, including Margery’s favorite jeans.What Margery said: