Before & After Makeover: Caroyln

Find out more about the amazing makeover of Carolyn from Episode 2 of Trinny & Susannah's Australian Makeover Mission, including her before & after shots.

Name: Carolyn
Age: Over 50
Marital Status: Divorced
Children: 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren

Her New Look

Dress - Nicola Finetti at Myer
Shoes - Tony Bianco at David Jones & Myer
Ring - Lovisa
Earrings - Diva

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What would you say about your appearance prior to the Makeover?
I have never made the most of my appearance. I suppose like most women I focused on my faults, always comparing myself to an unrealistic magazine ideal. My style was casual mostly, and at times eccentric, because I like vintage clothes from op shops. I never seemed to be able to pull off a polished look, and was in awe of women who did. I thought I didn't have the time or the money to look great. I now also realise that I usually bought clothes a too big because I didn't understand how to dress my shape.

What was the BEST part of the Makeover?

Learning about my shape and how to choose the right styles that flatter my figure. I really enjoyed getting to know the other ladies on the makeover. Seeing the transformation at the end for each of us was incredible. I don’t think any of us appreciated our own beauty, not magazine perfection but real, gorgeous fabulous women. Mind you having a team of hair stylists and makeup artists works magic. I felt so glamorous and sexy.

What was the WORST part of the Makeover?

The realisation that I have spent most of my life not appreciating my femininity and beauty and enjoying the confidence that comes with that appreciation. Also my feet were bloody sore by the end of the day as I'm not used to such high heels, but oh my god my legs did look amazing in those heels!

What was the best advice Trinny & Susannah gave you?

Looking sexy as an older woman does not equate with mutton dressed up as lamb. I have a beautiful body and shapely legs and there is nothing wrong with showing off my assets. I have a goblet shape, finding the right clothes to disguise my round middle is easy. And foundation underwear is my new best friend. Trinny and I also talked about our experience of the impact of negative comments from our husbands, and how our self-esteem was affected.

How has the Makeover changed your life?
I feel and dress as a beautiful, sexy older woman. I make an effort now with my appearance. I don’t get discouraged when shopping for clothes, I know what suits me and I have completely overhauled my wardrobe. People do respond differently to you when you are confident in your appearance.

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