Professional image coach Mary Brown says any woman can look her best with a little help. Brown started her ministry, One-Day Makeover, after she said God prompted her to help women feel better about their appearance.
"My heart really is to help women who already know the Lord but are really not able to step out and follow Him in what He has for them because they just don't feel comfortable with their appearance," Brown said. "This could turn their lives around."
From 'Frumpy' to Fabulous
Thirty-two-year-old Karly Dargraedt of San Marcos, Calif., has four children all under the age of five. She's hoping Mary can help her feel young and attractive again.
"I feel like a frumpy mom, like I don't know how to dress myself up anymore," Karly said. "So if I wake up and I take care of my kids in my jeans and my t-shirt, I can't seem to transition into the wife looking attractive for my husband."
In hopes of changing that, Mary went to work on Karly's make-up, hair, and clothes. First, she selected the right foundation for Karly's fair complexion. Then, she added the blush, eye-shadow, eye-liner, mascara and lipstick. And because Karly has very fair eyebrows, a little eye shadow is used to give the brows some definition.
As important as the make-up, is the right hair cut. Holly the hair stylist chose a tapered bob to give Karly's straight blonde locks some style and sass.
Then, since it's been almost three years since Karly and her husband have had a "date night," Mary selected a fun and flirty patterned dress in teal with just the right accessories that will be the perfect dress for her long overdue romantic dinner with husband KJ.
When asked if she still feels like a frumpy mom, Karly answered, "No, I don't! I feel a little more put together and ready to walk out there with a little more confidence."
Meanwhile, KJ has just arrived where he's anxious to see his new and improved wife.
"Oh my gosh!! You look beautiful! Wow!!! You are beautiful!!!" he said.
An Incomplete Painting
Another lady Mary worked on is 54-year-old Donna Babcock.
Donna, also of San Marcos, recently lost about 75 pounds and still has a little ways to go. She's hoping Mary can help her with her look during this time of transition.
"I want to complete what the Lord has started," Donna said. "About a year and a half ago, I weighed 250 pounds and was so stiff I couldn't even roll off the couch. So my husband and I decided to go on a journey and start a life change and as you see it's a slow process."
When asked how she feels about herself right now, Donna said, "incomplete, I'm still an incomplete painting."
But Donna's canvas is about to change. Foundation and concealer give Donna a flawless complexion. Then, to play up her bright blue eyes, a dark plum eye shadow is applied in the crease and a lighter shade on the brow bone to give her a bit of drama.
Next, Holly decided to give her fine limp hair some much needed volume with lots of layers. Finally, to fit with Donna's casual life-style, some really nice jeans and a fun top with just the right earrings, necklace, bag and shoes.
When asked if she still feels like an "incomplete painting" Donna replied. "No, don't make me cry. I really feel that God is waking me up!"
Seeing Through God's Eyes
Some Christian women believe it's pride or vanity to spend any time or money on your appearance, but Brown said that's simply not true.
She said feeling good about your appearance can actually free you up to fulfill your destiny.
"If you can walk around and not be worried about yourself and in pain over what you look like, that's very self-absorbing. You can now notice other people, you can hear what God is telling you to do, how he might want you to bless and minister to somebody else," Mary explained.
"That's the whole point is to set women free from this emotional pain over their appearance so they can walk after the Lord wherever He leads them," she said.
Both Donna and Karly say the One-Day Makeover taught them not only how to look better on the outside, but also to see themselves through God's eyes -- loved, beautiful and fearfully and wonderfully made.