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Being Beautiful: Giving new meaning to 'hope springs eternal'


Before, left, and after photos.

Before, left, and after photos.



David Creel



I knew three things with certainty moments after my four-o'clock flew into the salon sideways in a minivan: She was running late for the appointment, running on empty from being a full-time mom of three, and running toward a brand new look. Hope barely has any time for herself after science fair projects, heart-shaped sandwiches with the crusts cut off and shopping for prom gowns.  


Well, I managed to slow the world down just a bit and make it revolve around her, if only for a day. We began at the Dior counter at Dillard's, where my friend PJ whirled her magic wand, well, makeup brushes anyway. After a bit of contouring, highlighting and blending, our supermom began to glow. With the help of a few of our friends -- the smoky eye, a fuller brow and that summer red lip, we saw amazing cheekbones, glamorous eyes and a smile shining from within. 


Next, Hope traded in her blah hairstyle for a jaw-dropping, hip pixie with an exciting fringe moving forward and a medley of chopped layers exploding throughout the top. It was the best way to shed our mom's stresses by bidding farewell to last season's grown-out tresses. The hair color was revved up with blocks of rich, golden hues to bring out the eye color, warming up the complexion.  


So, with a bit of bravado and one gutsy mom, we proved the cliche to be true: "Hope springs eternal." I have always had a no-holds-barred fierceness when it comes to makeovers, and we used Hope's unique features -- round face, almond-shaped eyes, pouty lips -- as inspiration. Far too often, women allow preconceived notions of beauty to define them, trying too hard to fit in when standing out is way more thrilling. 


With a new style all her own, Hope is running the show in her mom-mobile and her life, beautifully.


Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at


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