A TTS Makeover Story: How To Give Yourself A Beauty Boost

This week I was the luckiest girl in the world. I was treated to every girl’s fantasy and it was truly, truly fantastical. That’s right, like week three on ANTM it was makeover week here at TTS, and a team of experts gave me a crash course in beauty 101.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m anything but a glamour girl. My daily beauty routine consists of a shower, a run of a brush through the hair, and MAYBE a swipe of mascara if I’m feelin’ wild. It’s not that I’m lazy, in a hurry, or anti-makeup in any way, it’s just that, frankly, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. So TTS called in the glam squad to show me a thing or two, and I’m sharing what I learned with you.

So for any girl who’s like me – a total noob looking for some education – listen up because this one’s for you. Because while there’s nothing wrong with going au natural, sometimes you wanna step it up a bit. And this week I learned that it’s really quite simple, it makes you feel good, and at the end of day it’s just really really fun. And every girl deserves to have a little fun once and a while (or like, all the time), right? Uh yeah, duh.

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Photo Via Vanessa Granda

Photo Via Vanessa Granda

My Cinderella story started at Nunzio Saviano Salon on the Upper East Side. After meeting my fairy Godmothers, Stephanie and Ryan, I knew I’d be in good hands as they both had gorgeous hair. That’s a good sign, I figured, when your hair stylist has good hair.

So anyway, we took a “before” shot (which I must admit I’m not super thrilled about publishing on the Internet. But it’s all for the good of the article, I suppose)…


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…and Stephanie began to work her color magic. You should know that I have never, ever colored my hair before, so while I was willing to let her do her thing, I was a bit nervous for sure. I like my simple style and still wanted to feel like “me,” but she assured me I would and she got to foiling.

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Photo Via Vanessa Granda

And after a mere 6 minute bake time it was time to unwrap, and time to enjoy the reason I agreed to this whole thing anyway– the shampoo and that HEAD MASSAGE. (okay fine…the massage wasn’t the ONLY reason I agreed)

Ugh, it was glorious. Take me back. But what was even more glorious was Stephanie’s way of lightening and brightening my hair while keeping it natural. I loved her for it.

Next up was cut, and Ryan had some ideas of his own, which was fine with me because remember, I know nothing here.

Or well, I thought it was fine until I heard his plan to go asymmetrical. He wanted to go short in the back, a bit longer on the left side, and longest on the right side. Three different lengths? Is that normal? I can’t pull that off. No way.


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Those were my thoughts but I kept them to myself. I was in the hands of experts and everything would be okay.

And of course, lo and behold, everything was okay. Ryan’s cut was fun, playful, and just a litttttle funky.

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Photo Via Vanessa Granda

The whole team at Nunzio was out of this world, and I’m thinking you should go ahead and make yourself an appointment. Here’s the info:

Address: 130 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065

Phone: (212) 988-0880

And while you’re at it, check out their Insta accounts. Here’s Stephanie’s, Ryan’s, and the salon’s.

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Despite that I know makeup is completely non-permanent, this was the phase I was most nervous for. Not because I was afraid it wouldn’t look good, but because it’s something I’d have to do on my own later. Yikes.

But hey, gotta start somewhere. And luckily I had Elena, the most incredible teacher to show me to ropes.

So after giving my skin a primer of Daile (because what else?), she started with the eyes, and for your records and for my own I’m breaking down her tricks step by step…


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Step 1: Use Urban Decay primer all over the lid. Who knew you should use primer on your eyes? Maybe everyone but me.

Step 2: Blend out a MidTone Sepia Shadow by Mac for the crease.

Step 3: Sweep Saddle by Mac all over the eyelid.

Step 4: Apply Teddy Eyeliner on top and bottom.

Step 5: Dab a bit of Mulch Mac shadow on the top of the lid for something a little extra.

Step 6: Quickly dab rice paper in the tear duct. Yes, apparently that’s a thing. News to me.

Step 7: Smudge that Teddy eyeliner on top and bottom.

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Photo Via Vanessa Granda

It’s a strange thing, everyone in the room staring at you wide-eyed and having no idea why, but now I realize they were seeing this ^^ which for me is pretty wild.

But anyway…

For foundation, Elena used Mac Face and Body to start. She says it’s the most natural, lightweight foundation she knows, and let me tell you, she KNOWS. She followed it up with a mineralized Skinfinish by Mac for a bronzer because, well, February isn’t my bronzest month and I needed a bit of a boost. Shocking, I know.

The final touches were brows and lips and the tricks she used turned out to be some of my favorites. I can’t say I’ve ever done anything with my brows or my lips, but Elena told me that they too deserve a little love.

For brows, Elena filled and darkened with Coquette shadow. Using eye shadow on your brows? Is this another trick everyone knows about but me? Well, I know now.

And finally, the lips. Ahhh the lips. And with just a quick swipe of Nars satin lip pencil in Biscayne Park, my casual evening look was complete.

Photo Via Vanessa Granda

Photo Via Vanessa Granda

So with a little help from my friends I was transformed from pretty plain girl to Prosecco drinking princess. Okay no, I will never be a Prosecco drinking princess, but you get the idea. And honestly, it was so easy, even for me. I figure even if it takes me a few tries to get it right, at least now I know where to start and I can always smack on some of that lip color (my new obsession) and call it a day.

But if you’re looking for a more serious nighttime look that’ll make everyone look, there’s one more trick you’ve gotta know.

Yep, you guessed it. A red lip.

All Elena did was apply Whirl Lip Pencil and filled in with Velvet Matte Lip Pencil by Nars Walkyrie, and, well, this happened…


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One thing led to another and before I knew it I was in Elena’s amazing fur coat with a whiskey on the rocks in my hand. But can you blame me? I mean how else do you complement a lip like that?

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Photo Via Vanessa Granda

All right, now I’m just playing. But I just couldn’t resist pretending I was Zelda Fitzgerald in 1920s Paris for just a few minutes. I mean, could you? Didn’t think so. And this was all about having a bit of fun, remember?

If you want Elena to work her magic on you, check out her website and follow her Insta.

Photo Via Vanessa Granda

Photo Via Vanessa Granda

So, what did I learn in my beauty 101 lesson? I learned that putting on makeup and getting an asymmetrical haircut isn’t going to change me, and FYI it’s not going to change you either. It’s not that scary, it’s not as drastic as you think it’ll be, and it’s really not that hard. It’s just about giving yourself a boost because it’s fun and you deserve it.

And if I can do it, anyone can. So give it a try, good luck, and have fun. And remember, if you really, really screw up it all comes off and it all grows out…eventually.




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