Angela Taylor, 38 • Arlington • General manager, Washington Mystics
Why she wanted a makeover: Taylor moved to Washington from Minnesota last year to manage the Mystics, and they went to the playoffs. “It’s been a year of change and success,” Taylor says. “I’m ready to make my appearance reflect that.”
Where we sent her: Corte Salon on DC’s U Street and Betsy Fisher boutique near Dupont Circle.
Angela Taylor is a no-fuss woman when it comes to her appearance. “I’m a ponytail kind of gal,” she says. The former Stanford University basketball player wears simple business suits at work and jeans and sweats the rest of the time.
Teisha Beasley, at the women’s boutique Betsy Fisher, wanted clothes for Taylor that would be stylish and feminine yet comfortable: “When she came in, she was wearing a very unstructured suit. We wanted to put her in something a bit more tailored to show off her good shoulders and small waist.”
Beasley chose a purple silk wrap dress by Donna Ricco ($178) and Scarpe Diem black-leather knee-high boots ($290) for a touch of sass. She kept it simple with jewelry, selecting elegant green-stone drop earrings by Linda Levinson Designs ($95).
We sent Taylor to Corte Salon stylist Johnny Wright—Michelle Obama has been a client of his, according to the Web site for SoftSheen-Carson hair products, where he’s artistic director. Wright gave Taylor a short, layered bob to accentuate her neck and jaw line. Her hair was badly damaged from chemical relaxers, so Wright cut several inches to smooth her split ends. Colorist Brian Elliott added subtle chocolate highlights and yellow-pigment lowlights to enhance shine.
Taylor’s regular makeup routine includes a touch of lipstick and, when she wants to dress up, some mascara. “I don’t like to have anything heavy on my face,” she says.
Carl Ray, makeup artist at George at the Four Seasons Salon, went with a mix of MAC and Laura Mercier makeup and a private label to create a dramatic yet light-feeling look.
Ray started with a good cleanser and primer to combat shine and create longer wear. He used pressed mineral powder to even out her skin and dusted bronzer on her cheeks and at the hairline for highlights. For the eyes, he applied a shimmery taupe from lid to brow and added burgundy, plum, and navy accents. Her lips were brightened with a plum liner and peach gloss.
Taylor’s coworkers were the first to see her transformation at a staff meeting the next morning. “Lots of heads turned when I walked in,” she says.
The real test was her mom’s reaction. “When I told her I cut my hair, she totally surprised me,” says Taylor. “Turns out she always liked it better short.”
Getting the Look
Corte Salon, 1019 U St., NW, Second Floor; 202-462-6783; cortesalon.com.
George at the Four Seasons Salon, 2828 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-342-1942; georgefourseasonssalon.com.
Betsy Fisher, 1224 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-785-1975; betsyfisher.com.
Watch this video of Angela's makeover!