8 Amazing Beauty Makeovers—And Everything You Need to Get the Look
After well-deserved pampering, these women felt recharged, more like themselves, and ready to take on the world.
Everyone loves a good makeover montage, and no beauty routine revamp is complete without some incredible before and after photos. We recently featured some amazing mom makeovers in Real Simple (trust us, you don't want to miss them!), and each is a must-see if you're feeling inspired to spruce up your own beauty routine. To update your look without investing a ton of time (or extra cash), check out the key products makeup artist Moani Lee used on the moms featured in our magazine (and for more ideas, follow her on Instagram). Whether you're looking to erase fine lines around your eyes or you just want to learn how to have more fun with your getting-ready routine, let these go-to products inspire you to shake things up this season.
An education lawyer, Sarah started her own practice after her second child was born, in order to have a more flexible schedule. “I used to have an active nightlife and always wore lipstick. But now I never do, because the kids grab at my lips, and I focus on work or the kids. I forgot that part of myself.”
The result? “I feel awesome!” Sarah says. “I didn’t realize I could put in effort and look so glamorous, and it’s worth the time to make a transformation. I love that my kids teach me to not take life so seriously; I love relearning every little thing. Magic and rainbows hold more weight.”
When their son was 3, Paige and her husband decided they wanted one more. To their shock, “one” turned into triplets. “I cried; my husband laughed. ‘I guess we’re getting a minivan,’ he said.” After a 110-pound weight gain and 11 weeks of bed rest, Paige welcomed three boys. She has spent the past two years juggling four car seats and averaging 20 diapers a day. Paige is returning to work soon, as a consulting teacher. “I want to look like a very put-together mom who is only 31.”
A bouncy trim and texturizing spray, plus shimmery shadow and curled lashes (for the first time!), gave Paige a boost.
Now, Paige feels like herself again—before kids. “I might even be better,” she says. “I’m going home motivated to take care of myself because it affects how I function.”
The former pharmaceutical-advertising project manager is now a stay-at-home mom to her 3-year-old daughter. “I feel like I lost myself. People try to prepare you for motherhood, but you don’t know until you are in it. I don’t have as much time. I felt alone and not myself for the first year. I put myself on the back burner.”
A center part and curtain bangs make her hair feel fresher, says Lopez, who added layers at her crown to create volume. Tran filled in her brows, evened out her skin, and gave her flirty lashes.
After her transformation, Hue felt like a celebrity. “My hair is so chic and liberating; it’s what I’ve always wanted,” she says. “I’m going to re-create my makeup for a wedding. I feel more like myself, more fun. Today boosted my self-esteem. Like, ‘Hey, I still kind of got it.’”
This single mom of two wanted a beauty refresh as she prepares to start dating. After adding soft brown highlights and long layers to her hair, the makeup was all about a routine that could take her from day to night.
“Chanté was big on playing up her eyes and picking up some product tips that could take her from a quick daytime look to a quick nighttime look for date nights after work,” explains Lee. One coat of this Charlotte Tilbury eye pencil is perfect for daytime, while adding a few more coats amps up the drama for date night.
After devoting years to adopting and raising two daughters and caring for her elderly parents, Joan realized that she had been doing her makeup the same way for 30 years. This part-time small business consultant was ready for a refresh.
“Joan wanted something easy, hassle-free, and she expressed that she LOVED a strong lip, but had trouble making the lip product stay intact and impactful,” Lee says. By adding a lip primer to her routine, Joan can achieve the look without stopping for frequent touch-ups.
With her fourth child off to college, this empty nester was ready for a revamped look. Overall, Denise wanted a style that was fast, simple, and super sophisticated.
After getting married and having kids young, this 40-year-old middle school English teacher was ready to reconnect with her husband and travel since her kids were out of the house. “Her big concern was skin, as she has rosacea and wants to look fresh and youthful but also handle the color correction,” Lee explains.
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Kristine's revamped beauty routine is all about caring for her skin and evening out skin tone. Hydration, sun protection, and a color-correcting CC cream are the keys to her fresh, glowy look.
As a new mom nearing the end of her maternity leave and preparing to go back to work, Catherine was looking for a fuss-free routine that wouldn’t take up too much time in the morning.
To keep her get-ready routine simple, Lee recommended a plan that could be done in five minute flat. Adding extra hydration was key for Catherine's dry skin, and then pops of color come in, thanks to a lip pencil and shimmery cream eyeshadow.
- To buy: Glossier The Super Pack Serums, $65; glossier.com.
- Glossier Priming Moisturizer, $22; glossier.com.
- Glossier Moisturizer Rich, $35; glossier.com.
- Glossier Balm Dotcom, $12; glossier.com.
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Makeup, $42; sephora.com.
- Glossier Lidstar in Fawn, $18; sephora.com.
- NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita, $27; sephora.com.