Check Out These Dramatic Beauty Makeunders

Three women who love makeup (including Real Simple’s own beauty director!) submit to a makeunder to prove there’s more than one way to face the day.

1. Name: Heather Muir Maffei
Age: 32
Occupation: Beauty director, Real Simple magazine

“I’ve loved makeup since I was little, watching my mom put on lipstick in the car on the way to church. Now I make a living testing it. I feel sexiest in a full face, so when I saw my ‘after’ look, I felt vulnerable. But after others said they liked this sweeter version, I embraced it more.”

Get the Look
“Heather is all about glam, so we kept her feeling like herself with a little contouring, highlighter, and her lash extensions,” says makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, who did the makeunders.

Skin: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, $38; amazon.com.
Eyes: Envious Lashes “Alluring Eyes” Eyelash Extensions, from $210; enviouslashes.com.
Lips: By Terry Baume de Rose, $60; amazon.com.

2. Name: Jasmin Corniel
Age: 26
Occupation: Pre-K teacher and MAC Cosmetics makeup artist

“I was an athlete and never got into makeup until after college—social media introduced me. I feel more cutesy in my ‘after’ look, but I like the glossy lids—they’re chic—and I still get my faux freckles. Since it’s so simple, I’d do this look for work.”

Get the Look
“I swapped her brown lipstick and blush for rosier tones,” says Hughes.

Skin: Faux Freckles With Bare Escentuals Brow Master Brow Gel ($28; bareminerals.com) and Q-tips Precision Tips Cotton Swabs ($3; walmart.com).
Eyes: MAC Lipglass Clear, $16; saksfifthavenue.com.
Lips: Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Nice, $36; shop.nordstrom.com.

3. Name: Mally Roncal
Age: 45
Occupation: Celebrity makeup artist and founder of Mally Beauty

“I feel a little more like superwoman when I’m wearing makeup. When my kids see me with foundation on, they are like, ‘Uh-oh, Mommy is leaving.’ Seeing my makeunder made me feel relaxed and surprisingly sexier. It’s just another part of who I am. I feel younger, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop wearing makeup.”

Get the Look
“I did each feature a quarter of the way Mally typically does and switched her powder eye shadow and blush to more lifelike cream formulas,” explains Hughes.

Skin: Weleda Skin Food, $19; amazon.com.
Eyes: Make Up for Ever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara in Black, $25; sephora.com.
Lips: Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Nearly Naked, $14; target.com.