Carmen, before and after her Makeover My Mom ambush. Photo: Kristin Burns

Carmen is a 36-year-old mother of two -- a pre-teen and a teenager. Top that responsibility with caring for an ill father and a full-time career as an accountant, and you have absolutely no "Carmen time."

That's exactly why her close friends nominated her for our Makeover My Mom series. Putting family and career first, Carmen's appearance is hardly a priority with shapeless hair, zero makeup, and comfy clothes as her daily uniform.

Enter our makeover team, whose plan is to give Carmen an easy, yet sophisticated look.

Makeup artist Janice Bremec kept it simple so Carmen --who claims to be clueless when it comes to makeup-- can recreate the look at home. Bremec smoothed on a sheer, lightweight foundation to even and enhance her skin tone. Next, she swept a soft shadow across her lids, then lined the lower lash lines with black liner. A few coats of mascara, a soft pink blush, and a nude lipstick finished the look.

Carmen after her Makeover My Mom transformation. Photo: Kristin Burns

Hairstylist Chris Megia chopped several inches from Carmen's strands and added a few long layers. She kept the hair long enough for versatility, yet short enough to create body and movement.

Fashion stylist and Makeover My Mom host Sam Saboura slipped Carmen into a little red dress. The vibrant color brightened her complexion and the fit showed off her fabulous figure.

In a few short hours, Carmen went from working mom to the ultimate mom-shell.

To see more stylish makeovers for every body type, check out our Mission Makeover series.

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