Shave Off Years!

    Linda Cecere: 57 years old

    Look closer -- who's that lurking under all those dark, shapeless layers? "It's sort of an unwritten rule in New York City that you wear black," says Linda, and this self-described utilitarian is totally with the program. More colorphobia: She never wanted to cover her gray hairs, even though they made her mane frizzy and unmanageable, and had never been big on color cosmetics, tending to leave her beautiful face bare.

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    Fernando Milani

    Linda After

    Linda was nervous, to say the least, about haircolor -- but those grays needed to go. "They were making her skin look very sallow," explains superstar colorist Hazan. The solution: a less scary, semipermanent shade that matched Linda's base color. The dye will wash out within three months, blending in the grays to make them look like highlights in the meantime. Decuers then gave her a sleek, shoulder-skimming style before blow-drying it straight with a round brush. "Smooth, shiny hair instantly makes you look younger," he says. And since we tend to lose color in our faces over time, Roncal warmed Linda up with pink blush and a rosy lipstick.

    Linda's makeover video

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    Fernando Milani

    Jeanine O'Donnell: 35 years old

    Jeanine's style fell squarely on the safe side. "When it comes to trends, I'm not an early adopter," she says. "I tend to shop at the same three stores; I don't wear jewelry; and I only like solid colors -- loud prints are unflattering on me. " Her go-to look: preppy basics (turtlenecks, V-necks, and plain trousers and skirts) that would never rock the boat, and hair that basically just hung there, threatening to sink her style for good.

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    Jeanine After

    "Jeanine is young and fun, so we made her look that way, too," says Roncal. "She really proves that 35 is the new 25."

    Makeup: To combat dark circles and redness (both aging), Roncal evened out Jeanine's skin tone with creamy concealer and foundation. And it was buh-bye to safe, neutral shades for eyes and cheeks. Roncal went for lavender and plum shadows, plus a shimmery pink blush to add "youthful, cherub-y roundness to her face."

    Hair: "Her almost-black hair was too dark and harsh for her skin tone, and that is incredibly aging," says Hazan, who switched Jeanine to a rich chestnut shade with golden-brown highlights. And to thin out and add life to her heavy tresses, Decuers gave her layers (short in front, longer in the back), which reduce bulkiness while keeping her length.

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    Jeanine After

    "It makes me feel younger, a little bit kickier," says Jeanine of this flowy blouse that transitions beautifully from a day at the office to a night on the town. The pattern is graphic, but not too loud, and the shape is modern, flirty, and fun. "The heels make me feel more confident, too," says Jeanine.

    Jeanine's makeover video

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    Dru Tolochko: 40 years old

    "My husband calls me a hippie because I wear clogs and tie-dyed shirts," laughs Dru. He's not far off, as this mother of two looked like she'd abandoned all fashion for whatever was most comfortable. A closetful of jeans, cargo pants, and hoodies were low-maintenance, but also low-style -- as was her hair. "My kids are 5 and 7, and before they started school, it was hard to find time to make salon appointments, so the hair just got longer and grayer and coarser," she says. "When I turned 40, I knew it was time for a change."

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    Fernando Milani

    Dru After

    Forgoing all femininity for sweatshirts and cargoes instantly says "old and over it." But there was a siren hiding under that hoodie. "She's gorgeous and has the skin of a 20-year-old," says Roncal. "We knew she could look like a movie star." Here's how the team tamed Dru's tomboyishness -- and brought out her younger, flirtier side.

    Hair: "Dru's long, coarse hair was dragging her down -- but once you hit 40, you need styles that lift you up," says Decuers. The fix: chopping off 10 inches (which Dru is donating to charity) to create a modern, textured bob. To camouflage the gray in her deep-brown hair -- and minimize touch-up trips to the salon -- Hazan chose a light-brown shade sprinkled with toffee highlights. "The darker your hair, the more obvious grays will be when they pop up," she explains. "This color won't require as much upkeep."

    Eyes: "Harsh shadow is aging; you want a subtle gradation of color," says Roncal; here, she went for a soft, smoky look. Shades of brown and tan shadow provided the effect, and made Dru's eyes pop.

    Brows: Since brows thin as we get older, Dru's full ones are an asset, but they needed grooming. Roncal cleaned up the outer corners, so they no longer drew the eye down, and kept them controlled with a tinted brow gel.

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    Dru After

    "This style made me feel light and pretty," says Dru. "Everybody told me I looked 10 years younger." Her trim figure shines in this body-conscious wrap dress with a low-cut neckline. (When you're motivated enough to exercise three or four times a week, as she does, you should definitely show it off).

    Dru's makeover video

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    Nancy Depuy: 45 years old

    With four boys between the ages of 5 and 16, this Connecticut mom doesn't get to talk a lot of fashion at home. "They just say, 'You look fine, Mom,' no matter what I look like," says Nancy. "They certainly don't notice my hair!" Since she's often shuttling between lacrosse and basketball practice, she dresses like one of the kids in casual jeans and tees. But for date night with her husband? It's time to get glam, girl.

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    Fernando Milani

    Nancy After

    Nancy's tidy-but-too-casual look needed a modern, younger edge. What took off years: an updated haircut that, with the right makeup, played up her beautiful eyes.

    Hair: Nancy's severe part and plain, straight cut weren't flattering (anything too harsh is an instant ager). Decuers's plan of attack: giving her long bangs and playful fringe around the face to soften things up and bring the focus to her eyes and cheekbones. Graduated ends added movement to the style, and caramel highlights brightened her dark color -- and her face -- right up.

    Eyes: Roncal used taupe shadow all over the lid, applying it slightly more heavily just above the crease to disguise any drooping and "give the illusion of a more open eye." Curling her lashes also helped. "The process takes just seconds but gives eyes a wonderful lift," Roncal says.

    Lips: They thin as we age, so Roncal faked plumpness. Her anyone-can-do-it method: Trace just outside the lip line with a pencil that matches the person's natural lip color. In this case, she then slicked on a shimmering pink gloss, steering clear of the deeper lipsticks Nancy had favored. "Dark, matte shades just minimize your mouth," Roncal explains. "You want the exact opposite: light and shiny."

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    Fernando Milani