Angela Schnabel and her husband, David Schnabel have been together for more than half their lives but with his active military career, she has had to endure long periods of time without her beloved.
David Schnabel, who is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, has completed three long deployments overseas and, since moving to Oklahoma City a year ago, has finished six shorter deployments for his current FAA position.
To surprise her husband as he returned from duty after more than a month away, Angela Schnabel entered and won Mood's “Give Me Liberte” makeover.
“I'm a ‘put my hair back and go to the office' kind of woman that, I hate to admit, rarely looks in the mirror before I walk out the door,” Schnabel wrote in her contest entry. She works as a technical support analyst at Dell. “I often show up to work wearing whatever I grabbed from my closet and with my crazy Debra Messing hair sticking out all over the place.”
After losing more than 50 pounds in the last two years, Schnabel said she had no idea how to dress for her new size two-four frame.
“This is a whole new body shape for me. The smallest I was in high school was a size eight,” she said.
What's more, a health scare has Schnabel wanting to create beautiful memories for herself and her husband. If she receives bad news after some recent tests, she said she doesn't think she'll be feeling much like dressing up.
“So I really wanted to give David and me a nice memory as a couple of me looking fabulous and being in good health,” she said.
Despite her worries, Schnabel's positive attitude was contagious during her makeover. The process began at Liberte, a boutique in Classen Curve that carries many lines that have never before been carried in the Midwest. Danielle Keogh owns the boutique and donated all the clothing and accessories needed for the makeover.
“I'm so lucky I get to come home every day to my husband. Military wives often don't have that luxury,” Keogh said. She can relate to the military lifestyle as she is a former Army reservist. “Having to do it all on her own — that takes such great strength.”
At Liberte, Schnabel tried on several outfits including a dramatic, skin tight Herve Leger “Bandage” dress that emphasized her tiny new figure. She tried several wrap-style dresses but finally settled on a decadent fuchsia satin knee-length “Esther” style skirt by Temperley London ($690), a Valentina Shah “Laura” style black sweater with lacy cap sleeves and details ($225), a “Crystal Bow Belt” by Temperly London ($830) and dazzling nine-carat crystal dangle earrings by Crislu ($145).
The narrow line of the slim fitting sweater and elegant skirt elongate Schnabel's petite 5-foot 2-inch frame. The sweater is versatile — she can pair it with dress pants, a skirt or a casual pair of jeans. And the belt is just a splurge item she will treasure.
“I'm sleeping in this outfit tonight,” Schnabel joked during her “after” photo shoot.
Hairstylist Timothy Fields of Timothy Fields Salon, 6952 Avondale, took Schnabel's long, naturally curly hair into his artful hands.
Schnabel said she was open for any hair style but wanted to keep her color true to its auburn red since her genetics practically guarantee she'll go gray early.
“I want to stay natural as long as I can,” she said.
After getting to know a day-in-the-life of Schnabel, Fields decided that working with her natural texture would serve her best.
“She is a self-confessed ‘do nothing, wash and wear girl' and I felt that creating a style that could work with her natural hair, which is fine but with great soft curl, would work best for her day to day life,” Fields said.
He shortened Schnabel's hair to her collar to create volume and to better flatter her features. A color wash of Artease Colors Demi-permeant color enhanced her natural red color with more shine and dimension.
“I believe a woman is best served when her hair has versatility,” Fields said. “Angela can wear her hair in its natural curl, straightened, or round brushed as I prepared for her reunion with her husband.”
Schnabel shot video of Fields' styling techniques since, she said, she didn't even own a curling iron, much less know how to use one. Fields patiently showed her how to style her new look.
With her hair perked and revived, Schnabel moved to a makeup chair, where makeup artist Sharon Tabb shared tips for creating a soft, natural look in no time.
“She's not used to wearing makeup so I didn't want to overwhelm her,” Tabb said. She chose neutral shades for Schnabel's makeup palette, blending warm shades of salmon on her eyelids to brighten her eyes and add depth to the crease area.
Tabb recommends women with auburn and red hair use brown eyeliner instead of black. For Schanbel, Tabb used a medium-dark shade of brown to line the top lashes and a lighter, bronzy shade for the bottom line. She recommends this technique for any liner shades.
“It creates like an optical illusion that the eyes are bigger than they are,” Tabb said.
She blended a neutral blush just on the apples of Schnabel's cheeks and finished the look with some individual lashes, dark brown mascara and L'Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss in Modern Mauve (Tabb loves this line of glosses).
Since her husband's flight was delayed, Schnabel had to recreate the look for her husband's arrival home on Tuesday afternoon. She waited for him at Will Rogers World Airport downstairs at the baggage claim.
“I am blown away,” David Schnabel said after seeing his wife's new look. “When I was coming down the escalator, the first thing I saw was her feet and I knew it was her. It was a really nice reveal from bottom to top.”
He loved his wife's new glamorous look, but especially loved the fact that she had been treated to so much attention.
“It's nice to see her dressed up because she has a hard time pampering herself,” he said. “I'm glad someone else was able to pamper her.”
He promised to take his wife someplace fancy where she can show off her new and improved look.