After marketing director Sharon Pizzutiello got married, she wanted to show her two new stepdaughters that she could be hip.

“I want another driver’s license because it’s a whole new me!” —Sharon Pizzutiello, 41, Warren, New Jersey

What the Experts Say: Warren-Tricomi Salon, New York City

Color by Joel Warren, co-owner. “The washed-out blond color was making Sharon look much older than she actually is.”

Cut by Edward Tricomi, co-owner. “Her hair needs less bulk and more natural shaping that complements the curve of her face.”

Makeup by Julie Tussey, salon’s makeup artist. “Wearing neutral and peach eye shadows will keep her eyes from appearing too deep set. She’ll always look like she’s gotten a good night’s sleep.”

1. Warren replaced the brassy blond tint with warm copper and strawberry highlights that perfectly play off of Sharon’s complexion. Buying products specifically for color-treated hair will prolong the effects, he says.

2. To diminish the weight at her shoulders, Tricomi cut layers that angled toward her face. He chose a technique he calls sketching to make random all-over layers that move naturally but always look polished.

3. Sharon arrived wearing heavy black eyeliner. Tussey recommended a soft brown instead, plus a golden bronzer to accent her cheekbones. Applying pretty coral lipstick and gloss was the last step.


Hair: Pantene Pro-V Red Expressions Shampoo and Conditioner, each $7, to help her new red highlights hold up over time.

Makeup: Prestige Cosmetics Let Loose Shimmering Shadow Dust in Jump, $5, a flattering sheer gold.

FC Tip

Eye shadow base like Benefit F.Y. Eye, $20,, can do double-duty; also use as a base under lipstick to prevent feathering.