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Pilot flying high after makeover

When Shannon Peterson entered to win a free Instant Makeover at the Sisterhood of the Divine Makeover Luncheon, she was happy to be making a donation to Dress for Success — and even happier when she won. The winner didn't realize, however, just how "instant" the makeover was going to be.

She was taken out of the ballroom at the Marriott to a room where Eric Fisher, Molly Bauman and Amber Zeman were waiting to do her hair and makeup. Marissa Marklewitz of Wild at Heart was standing by to go to her store and round up some outfit options.

Shannon, who has been a test pilot for Cessna, is now a demonstration pilot. She immediately made it clear she didn't want a short haircut.

"I'm outside a lot of the time showing people airplanes and walking around planes. Since I'm in the heat and wind, I've got to be able to get my hair back so it's not in my way," she said.

Eric said he trimmed her hair and made the layers somewhat shorter. "Luckily I had a curling iron with me," he said afterward.

Shannon is married with twin 6-year-old daughters. She called her husband to come see the process of the makeover and the results.

A big change came with the makeup done by Amber. "I gave her smoky, dramatic eyes but kept a clean, fresh look on the face. I wanted to give her something more dramatic and fun than what she is used to," Amber said.

"It was a lot more makeup than I usually wear, so it was really different," Shannon said. Her daughters looked at their mom with very wide eyes.

The outfit from Wild at Heart was the answer to Shannon's comment: "My wardrobe is lacking in girly glamour."

"The dress combines a cool Caribbean color palette and feminine ruffle details," Marissa said. "It would be great for a night out with her husband."

Shannon's daughters liked the shoes — the jeweled sandals Marissa picked out.

"They've been wearing them around the house," Shannon said a few days after the makeover. "I like them, too. I'll wear them with everything."