With the big reveal of Kate’s baby bump (or molehill), IVF in the headlines, and Mother’s Day just around the corner, Mums are clearly where it’s at. I see a huge range of people for colour analysis,style consultations and make-up lessons, from business women looking to progress their careers to hen party groups wanting an afternoon of fun – and motherhood is something many of them have in common.
I see lots of Mums with young children and it’s great to see them enjoy some ‘me time’. They come because they’ve lost confidence, lost sight of themselves, need to start thinking about a work wardrobe or are not sure how to dress for their shape, which often changes after pregnancy. The ultimate job satisfaction for me is to watch someone like this who arrives feeling worn out and lacklustre leave with a spring in their step after I’ve helped them to discover how to look younger, healthier and less tired than they feel by wearing the shapes, trends, colours and make-up that suit them.
I also see many Mum and daughter duos – from the awkward teenager with a despairing Mum wanting to steer her away from black, to the step-mother (or step-mother to be) trying to bond with her step-daughter, to the more mature lady treating her elderly mother. Whatever the situation between them, a few hours spent together doing something positive and uplifting like this seems to work wonders for their relationship. And while as a professional I try to take a tactful approach, having a pair so comfortable together that they don’t mind ‘saying it how it is’ can be very helpful!
So a colour, style or make up consultation makes a fabulous Mother’s Day (birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s) gift – it’s a fun, relaxing, pampering experience that will benefit the recipient for years. To celebrate Mother’s Day I am offering a free lipstick in your (or your mum’s) colour with every colour analysis, style consultation or make-up lesson voucher bought by 10th March. If you would like to find out more, do contact me – I’d love to hear from you.
My only regret is that I can’t offer my own Mum the gift of a consultation – she has her own image consultancy, Style Potential, in the New Forest. My Mum and I trained together two years ago and I must say this in itself was a lovely mother/daughter bonding experience. It was also a bit of a revelation – I discovered she takes a ‘relaxed’ approach towards learning, and breezed seemingly effortlessly through the process while I was left feeling like the class swot when trying to compare homework notes with her on our daily commute – “what homework?” was her usual response! Despite our different approaches Mum and I share a huge passion (my long-suffering husband and dad would say obsession) for our new-found careers and we were surprised and delighted to be crowned joint ‘Best Newcomers’ by Colour Me Beautiful in 2011.