STARRING YOU

Take a woman who’s afraid of hairdressers, one who’s recently shed over seven stone and another who only wears black, and what do you get? Three models for our photoshoot, that’s what. Last month we asked readers to get in touch if they’d like to see themselves in the magazine, and we received an overwhelming response.

We loved the stories of Lauren, Jo and Mary – Lauren works in makeup but lives in black clothes and wanted the confidence to add a splash of colour and some new hairstyles to her everyday look. Jo is a former sports coach whose wardrobe is mostly jumpers, jeans and converse. She also admitted she hated going to the hairdresser and never wore makeup, but applied because she wanted to push herself to try new things. She didn’t even tell her husband, friends or family she was taking part, so they’ll all get a surprise now! Then there’s Mary, who’s just become a Slimming World consultant, and in the past year has lost a huge 7.5 stone and had a total transformation, both in looks and confidence. She wanted to discover what styles suited her new look, and it also gave her a chance to show off her fantastic new figure.

All three women were incredible on the day, and we think you’ll agree, they look amazing. What better way to showcase the clothes from fabulous local boutiques, than to dress fabulous local women in them? Of course, Gary from The Chapel was on hand to create some stunning hairstyles on the day, as well as offering practical advice to help the ladies manage their locks at home. They all picked up some great tips too from makeup artist David, who showed them not to be afraid of anything – even silver eyeshadow!

PHOTOGRAPHER: NICK MATTHEWS www.nick-matthews.co.uk

HAIR: GARY RUSSELL, THE CHAPEL www.thechapel.co.uk

MAKEUP: DAVID HYNES www.bridesbytwoguys.co.uk

STYLING: CHARLIE BOND www.somagazines.co.uk

With thanks to The Chapel Hairdressing, Tunbridge Wells

To find out how Gary and David created the gorgeous hair and makeup looks, click here