Unknown to her, Krista Skinner's husband wrote to Cleveland Magazine to plead her case.
"Krista is recently recovering from both a C-section and kidney-stone surgery!" his letter reads. "Things have been extremely stressful lately, not to mention the sleepless nights." Krista cares for the couple's newborn and
4-year-old daughter and is a director for The Pampered Chef.
"I admire her ability to juggle all these demands while still putting a
smile on her face," wrote Tony Skinner. "I would love to see that beautiful gem once again that must be hidden beneath the sweatshirts, flannel pajamas, dark under-eye circles and her 'supermom cape.' "
Happily, Skinner traded that cape for a salon wrap, entrusting her image to Chaz Henline, stylist and owner of Charles Scott in Rocky River. Examining her thick, wavy hair, all one length and angled, Henline uses his personalized "value system" checklist to determine Skinner's ultimate haircut.
"She values looking nice and up to date, feeling good and pleasing her husband," Henline says, "but she also values time with her kids, doesn't have much time to do her hair and wants to be able to pull it back off her face to care for her baby."
Giving Henline free rein, Skinner doesn't even flinch when he trims 10 inches from her hair.
"She has nice, balanced facial features, beautiful eyes, good cheekbones, a good jawline and a great profile, so she could wear many different hairstyles that would fit her face," Henline says. "I'm doing an easy cut without a lot of layering, so she won't have to spend a lot of time styling it."
For better lift and flow, he alters the part in her crown. Cutting with the wave, he's pleased to see a natural upward flip. "This style is currently a trend, so we're working with the wave, not against it, which will also make it easier for her to style."
Transforming Skinner's color from dull to luxurious, colorist Audrey Kinas fuses a deep red tone with a lighter, honey hue. The lighter red framing her face gradually fades to the back, and the deeper red underneath effects an illusion of movement.
Considering Skinner's lifestyle and color preferences, makeup artist Simona Pavel goes for a bronzed look. Accentuating Skinner's yellow tones and prominent cheekbones, Pavel chooses a beige liquid foundation, pinkish blush and minimal powder on the nose. She applies smoky, sexy eye shadow atop a light base color and a brighter hue directly under the brow to widen the eye. Finishing with eyeliner and soft cinnamon lip color, Pavel achieves the desired effect.
"It looks totally different and I don't feel so frumpy anymore," Skinner says. "I feel definitely up to date and hip now. It's really cool!"