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Festive Makeover

Monday, 5 December 2005


Bernie Conn's family thinks she looks like Harry Potter.  Today The Afternoon Show make-over team has taken on the challenge of giving her a glamorous new look for her Christmas party.

A Bit About Bernie
Bernie's 24 year old daughter Amanda wrote in to nominate her Mum for a Festive Makeover.  50 year old Bernie has been married to Colin for 25 years.  She is one of 17 children and a mum of four.  She's a chef in a nursery, a chambermaid and functions chef.  Her life is totally about her family, she has no time to look after herself or her appearance.
Her daughter Amanda says that she has worked all her life to provide the best for her children, drama classes, camping trips, scouts etc.  Last year Bernie was named Leinster Mum of the Year by Woman's Way.
Her family calls her 'Our Own Harry Potter' because she looks just like him!
Bernie never wears make-up during the day; she uses her daughter Amanda's when she's going out.
Bernie says herself that her wardrobe is "all over the place".  She has always been told she has "nice legs" though, and would like to learn how to use this to her best advantage.  She likes to wear bright colours, pink, red and mauve are her favourites.  She has several Christmas parties coming up that she would love to show her new look off at.

Hair: Alan Bruton from Reds
Alan has added caramel tones to Bernie's hair to warm up her skin tone.  For the cut, as Bernie's hair is already short, Alan will work to break-up her style to make it a bit more choppy and contemporary-looking.

Redken Rough Paste - €16.50 - available salons nationwide
Schwarzkopf Hairspray - €13.00 - available salons and chemists nationwide

Make-up: Armand
Armand talks about the importance of using a line-refiner at Bernie's age to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  He recommends one from Sisley which should be applied before moisturizer. 
Armand also recommends a long-lasting mascara like this waterproof one from Christian Dior, called Dior Show which coats lashes really well and will last through the night!  Armand used Benefit lip Plump to make Bernie's lips look fuller.  Armand finishes off Bernie's lips with, Clinique Impossibly Glossy Lip gloss.
Sisley Line refiner - €270 - Brown Thomas
Dior Show Mascara - €25.50 - Brown Thomas
Benefit Lip Plump - €20.50 - Brown Thomas
Clinique Impossibly Glossy Lip Gloss - €16.50 - Brown Thomas

Fashion: Bairbre Power
Bairbre will talk about the importance of dressing from the bottom up and how crucial it is to buy the right underwear.  This Wonderbra did so much for Bernie as did getting properly measured!  Bernie was a size and a few cup sizes out.  Also these knickers are also great for sucking in a bit of a tummy!

Wonderbra - €29 - available in Department stores nationwide
Flexees pants - €33.95 - available Arnotts

Outfit 1
This is a great shape with good proportions for Bernie.  The turquoise and grey  jacket is a tweed mix, Chanel type jacket, great colour on Bernie and the trousers fall beautifully on her.  She looks very smart in this combination of jacket and pants rather than her usual anorak and jeans.

Jacket - €180
Trousers - €105
Both by Michael H

Outfit 2
This green cardi is a great bright colour on Bernie, it's the perfect item for an instantly glamorous look this Christmas!  With a simple fur detail around the neck it gives a new lease of life to black pants (a wardrobe favourite of Bernie's).
These black pants have a satin detail at the waist that folds down.  Bernie doesn't need to cover up her tummy area now that she has the great suck-in pants!

Green fur trimmed cardigan - €179,
Black pants - €159
Both by Regine; available in department stores and boutiques nationwide.

Outfit 3
This outfit works because dressing Bernie is all about proportions.  The scale of the dress and the see-thru hemline means Bernie can look much taller than her 4ft 9 height.  It's not too revealing with a pretty strap detail that falls at the back.  The dress is cut in such a way that it shows off her waistline and slim hips but not the tummy zone.  The pretty sheer length means she can show off her good legs without wearing a short skirt.

Libra faux fur wrap - €90
Dress - €185
Both from Principles
Diamantee sandals - €110 - Arnotts