College-Bound Makeover

AW’s team of experts gives one high-school grad a new look.

In our July issue, Austin Woman asked readers to nominate a young woman starting college this fall for a head-to-toe makeover to start her freshman year off right. Christina Bustamante read about the contest while waiting in her doctor’s office and nominated her daughter Crisel Suarez, who graduated from McCallum High School and will major in mathematics at St. Edward’s University.

“She’s sweet and considerate, [so] I thought, ‘She deserves to have a makeover,’” Bustamante says.“She wanted a change before she went off to college.”

“Going to college is so exciting,” Suarez says. “It’s a great time for a new look, new friends and a new beginning.”

Austin Woman’s team of experts was happy to help Suarez with her new beginning, starting with a fresh ’do, youthful makeup and a fun wardrobe to put some sass in her step when she walks onto the hilltop this fall.


Hair “She’s starting college, so I wanted to keep it youthful,” says Martha Lynn Kale of Mirror Mirror . “She has thick hair, so I took out some weight by giving her face-framing layers. I also wanted to work with her natural colors because college kids are on a budget, so I added just a few highlights to add dimension and brightness around her face.”

Makeup “I asked her how she typically wears her makeup, and she keeps it pretty natural,” says Lauren Lumsden of Rae Cosmetics . “I wanted to keep it light and fresh so she would still look like herself, but with a beautiful glow.”

Fashion “I went with this blue printed dress because the fit is flattering on everyone, and wedges to give her height and good posture,” says Ashley Hargrove of DTK Austin Styling . “Then I accessorized with a simple bangle and necklace to balance the busy print.” Dress, $48; bangle, $16 and ring, $12, available at Wedges, $24.99, available at Target, multiple locations.