But this year, we also wanted to do something special for some . Enter Julie Bergman Wingenfield, a real-life mom who got to spend the day like a celebrity by getting a hair, makeup, and fashion makeover. The best part is, you can copy all the fun beauty and style tricks she learned along the way.
Meet Julie Bergman Wingenfield of Cleveland, Ohio
When two of Julie Bergman Wingenfield's children, Meghan and Dan, nominated her for a makeover, the thing they stressed most was their mother's complete and utter selflessness.
"My mom loves people — she just loves with all of her heart," Meghan told GoodHousekeeping.com. "I don't even know the last time she had a day off and spent it for herself."
As a nurse who cares for the aging at an assisted living facility in Ohio, Julie, 56, works long, physically demanding days. She's often hardly able to walk by the time she gets home at night, her kids say. Still, Julie never complains; she considers every moment she spends with her patients to be a learning experience and enjoys spending time with her three children whenever she can.
Naturally, we jumped at the chance to give Julie a much-deserved makeover: hair, makeup, and brand new outfit included. Our styling pros wanted to make her inner beauty shine front and center.
The Hair: A Major Cut, With Lots of Layers
When Julie arrived at Hair Rules salon in Midtown Manhattan, her hair was so long that it reached down past her armpits. Her layer-less cut detracted from her natural, curly texture and left her strands looking limp and flat.
Hairstylist and texture specialist Suzette Boozer had a few goals: To help revitalize Julie's hair, and cut down on the time it would take her to style it. She started by chopping Julie's hair to her shoulders. She added layers to give the lob volume, and applied a pump of Hair Rules' Wavy Mousse ($24, ) to revive Julie's long-forgotten natural waves.
Hair Rules colorist Jackie Challenger finished off Julie's new look with a punch of color. To accentuate Julie's brunette base, she added face-framing highlights in a golden hue, which will grow out nicely with the help of Hair Rules' Cleansing Cream ($30, ).
The Makeup: Minimalist and Polished
When you're as busy as Julie, you don't have time for a full makeup routine. Recognizing that, makeup artist Gregg Hubbard kept her new look super simple.
Gregg started with a spritz of Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater ($7, ), a toner that he said acts as a great makeup prep for skin, and used a soft brown eyeliner pencil from Yves Saint Laurent ($30, ) to define her upper and lower lash lines. (Pro tip: When applying eyeliner, avoid lining only the lower lid — this is what Julie used to do, but Gregg says this can create an illusion that the eye is being pulled down, especially as you age.) To set Julie's full brows, Gregg used Maybelline's Great Lash Clear Mascara ($6, ).
"Julie is a makeup minimalist," he told GoodHousekeeping.com. "I wanted her look to reflect that she looks polished, not painted."
The Outfit: Structured Jackets All the Way
Hair and makeup complete, we headed out to choose a new ensemble for Julie. Meghan and Dan said their mom typically sticks to her uniform of a T-shirt and jeans, but ultimately, she landed on something a little more elevated: A stylish tan jacket and colorful necklace from Chico's, which we paired with some strappy wedge sandals from Vionic ($120, ).
"You really wanted something a little bit more structured," Good Housekeeping style director Lori Bergamotto told Julie during their shopping session. "It looks so beautiful on you."
The best part of Julie's day: When she revealed her brand new look to Meghan. Both mother and daughter got a little emotional over the amazing transformation — and we have to admit, we did too!
"Oh, I loved this," Julie told GoodHousekeeping.com. "It was a true experience."