Beauty After Baby: Makeovers for New Moms

We gave three first-time moms -- who had each fallen into a beauty and style rut -- a fresh new start for fall.
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Carolyn Lundholm 28; mom of Charlotte, 16 months

Her Makeover Mission: to feel good in her skin. Like a lot of moms, Lundholm says she still struggles with the physical changes brought on by pregnancy. She can't fit into her old clothes, so she always wears the same four loose-fitting outfits. She looks tired, and her tried-and-true makeup routine isn't helping to fix that. And postbaby, her hair became frizzy, so she usually just pulls it into a ponytail. "I'm excited to have some experts push me to make the changes I know will be for the better," she says.

Mission Accomplished!

One look at Lundholm's finer hair texture, and Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon, in New York City, knew a long bob (aka "the lob") was the way to go. Colorist Stephanie Brown added buttery blond highlights throughout, then Lundholm's hair was blow-dried sleek and misted with a humidity-resistant, lightweight hairspray.

New York City makeup artist Misha Shahzada woke up Lundholm's face using a facial towelette infused with vitamin C, a luminizing foundation to erase dark areas, and peach blush. Along with a beautiful statement necklace, New York City fashion stylist Karen Kozlowski put Lundholm in horizontal stripes, debunking the myth that they add width. If the stripes are skinny, they work!

Get the Look
1. Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray. $3; walmart.com
2. Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes. $6; yestocarrots.com
3. YSL Touche í‰clat No. 1. $41; yslbeautyus.com
4. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. $8; milanicosmetics.com

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Mariluz Lopez 35; mom of Dalia Maria, 2

Her Makeover Mission: to get her groove back. Three weeks after leaving her last job, Lopez found out she was pregnant. And without a regular 9 to 5 she lost the motivation to do her hair and makeup and to wear nice clothes. But now that she's working again, this time at a children's clothing store in New York City, she needs a trendy yet professional look. "I want to feel beautiful," she says.

Mission Accomplished!

The overly layered cut Lopez walked in with wasn't doing her any favors. "It looked like she had two different haircuts," says Saviano, who promptly cut off the bottom layer. Then all she needed was a gloss, which added richness and shine to her base color.

Lopez was excited to try the latest in skin care, so Shahzada applied a few drops of face oil to hydrate Lopez's skin. She then smoothed on a lightweight sunscreen: Sun protection is a must for everyone, but it's especially crucial for darker skin tones prone to hyperpigmentation. To play up Lopez's olive skin, Shahzada swept a bronzer onto the high points of her face and applied lipstick in a flattering shade of coral.

Keeping Lopez's new job and single relationship status in mind, Kozlowski put her in an outfit that can easily transition from day to date night: a fitted black blazer with leather accents worn over a basic white T-shirt, and hot-for-fall flowy printed pants. In addition to upping the cool factor, the eye-catching accessories act as conversation starters. A pair of black faux suede booties completed the look.

Get the Look
1. John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss. $13; drugstore.com
2. L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil. $25; walgreens.com
3. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. $30; laroche-posay.us
4. Physicians Formula Glow Boosting Beauty Balm BB Bronzer. $15; physiciansformula.com
5. Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Beet It. $24; smashbox.com

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Alia Mullen 26; mom of Olivia, 15 months

Her Makeover Mission: a more sophisticated style for everyday without losing comfort -- or time. "My main concern is my hair -- I need something quick and easy that won't take an hour to do in the morning," Mullen says. "The same goes for my makeup and clothes."

Mission Accomplished!

The hair strategy presented by Saviano? Take 8 inches off, then add face-framing layers and long layers in the back to create texture and movement. The cut's versatility allows Mullen to wear it straight if she has time to blow it out or wavy by air-drying. Brown then added ombré highlights -- placing lighter color at least an inch past the roots. The look is perfect for busy moms because you only need to go in for touch-ups a few times a year.

Mullen's request for a low-maintenance makeup routine was easy to fulfill because of her naturally glowing skin. Shahzada simply swiped on a bit of BB cream and a mauve-tinted lip gloss to bring more color to Mullen's face. Shahzada mainly focused on Mullen's eyes, filling in sparse areas of her brows with a shade of taupe -- a better match for Mullen's new hair color than the reddish tone she had been using. The final touches: a coat of volume-enhancing mascara to help Mullen's eyes stand out behind her glasses, and a brightening topcoat over her nail polish -- the fastest way to freshen up nails when you can't be bothered with a full-on manicure.

In an effort to stay true to Mullen's laid-back style, Kozlowski dressed her in a simple yet tactical jeans-and-cardigan combo. Leopard print is always trendy but especially this fall, and the trouser-style jeans add the polish Mullen was seeking without stretching too far outside of her comfort zone.

Get the Look
1. Kérastase Discipline Fluidissime Complete Anti-Frizz Care. $42; kerastase-usa.com for salons
2. Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour in Sheer Mauve. $11; target.com
3. Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream. $15; CVS.com
4. Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe. $18; sephora.com
5. Maybelline New York the Falsies Big Eyes by Volum'Express Mascara in Blackest Black. $9; drugstore.com
6. Dior Nail Glow. $24; dior.com

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