Makeover: 10th wedding anniversary demands a brand new look

Nadia Albano gives 37-year-old Bernice Chan a new look in time for her an important milestone

Nadia Albano gave 37-year-old Bernice Chan a new look in time for her an important milestone. On the left is Chan before her makeover, on the right is her after. Photo: Nadia Albano. Nadia Albano / PNG

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Bernice Chan is a 37-year-old technical writer and a mother of two children. She hasn’t coloured her hair since 2017 and wanted to refresh her style in time for her 10th wedding anniversary.

Bernice has medium length thick hair. She wanted a colour that would be low maintenance, subtle and natural looking. I opted for a technique called balayage; a hand painting highlighting technique combined with foil highlights. I used a cool-blond decolourizer to create subtle tone-on-tone ribbons throughout in her hair.  To refine her highlights I using an ammonia-free, demi-permanent light cool-brown tint, which conditions and adds lustre and shine.

I cleaned her hair with Oribe — Signature Shampoo and Conditioner and layered the mid-lengths and ends with Oribe — Foundation Mist, a weightless primer to revitalize and nourish the hair.  I cut her hair into a one-length directional long bob and incorporated layers. I used a weave cutting technique to texturize the interior and ends of the hair for added body and movement.

Before styling, I sprayed Oribe — Maximista Thickening Spray, a thermal protection body building spray, then blow dried the hair with a paddle brush. I switched to a round brush to create a soft side sweep, then created a soft bend in her hair using a curling wand. To finish the style I used Oribe — Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray to create a tousled beach-bombshell style.


Bernice has beautiful skin. We started by evening out her complexion with a skin enhancing primer and tinted moisturizer. We contour her face with bronzing powder and added a soft-pink blush to the apples of her cheeks. On her eyes we used a shimmery cream-based eyeshadow in an apricot-pink shade and contoured her eyes using shades of brown eyeshadow. On her lips we chose a sheer burgundy colour.

Makeup Used:

Primer: Maybelline Strobing Liquid #200

Even out complexion: Bourjois Healthy Mix #2

Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage #2

Eye: Stila Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Jezabel with Tarte in Bloom Palette Rebel and Leader

Liner: Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in Brewed

Bronzer: NARS Laguna Bronzer

Blush: Tarte Amazonion Clay Blush in Flush

Lip: Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Bright Crimson #29