F is for Follow-Up: Our Clairol Natural Instincts Event Makeover Results

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SPONSOREDIf, at the end of your makeover, all anyone wants to do is take photos of the back of your head, consider that makeover a success. At least if the objective was soft, glossy, rich colour.

Last month, BeautyGeeks, along with BeautyEditor.ca, ChickAdvisor.com and Coco&Lowe.com, worked with Clairol Natural Instincts to treat a select group of subscribers to a VIP day at Hair on the Avenue salon in Toronto. As part of a Clairol Natural Instincts Healthier Looking Haircolour Challenge, hosted by dapper David Clemmer, 13 lucky winners each received a colour consultation and Natural Instincts application with pro colourists, expert styling, makeup by some of Canada's top artists, and professional Before and After photos. (That's the back of Kate's head, above, post colour and style.)

The results were gorgeous. Not only were our participants delighted with their hair -- "I love it" was a consistent reaction -- but we blogger-types were amazed and impressed too. As well as brilliantly healthy-looking and shiny, each woman's rich new shade enhanced her skin tone and looked amazingly natural. And the makeup, all CoverGirl, applied by top pros such as David Goveia, Dee Daly, Tana d'Amico and Eduardo Mella, was beautiful.

Delrene

Delrene, whose sleek hair reflected light like a mirror after her colour and style.

Doris

Doris, a BeautyGeeks reader, who was thrilled with how the colour had balanced her old highlights.

Gauri

Gauri, whose previous highlights also blended with the new colour for added depth.

Janice

Janice, another BeautyGeek, who had us wowed with her bombshell After.

Jennifer

Jennifer, who loved her rich, natural looking results.

Judy

Judy, in her va-va voom red dress!

Kitty

Kitty, whose hair was unbelieveably glossy after colouring.

Nadia

Nadia, whose mom, Yvonne, a BeautyGeeks reader, entered her daughter's name on the sly.

Paula

Paula, a sassy BeautyGeeks reader who had a first date immediately after her hair/makeup/photo session! (Smart girl!)

Rebecca

Rebecca, who turned up her inner foxy.

Tammy

And Tammy, another BeautyGeeks reader, whose glowing skin was not just makeup!

Throughout the evening, we also picked up some great tips, many of which we tweeted enthusiastically (search #clairolchallenge on Twitter). My favourite? Natural Instincts, a demi-permanent formula, is a brilliant and beyond-easy solution for washed-out highlights. All you have to do, says Luis Pacheco, Clairol Consulting Colourist and owner of Hair on the Avenue, is "use a golden-tone colour three shades lighter than your base colour." That's what he did with readers Doris, Gauri and Kate, and you can see in their After candids (on the BeautyGeeks website later today) that their formerly high-contrast highlights have blended beautifully into their new colour, and add even more dimension.

Intrigued by these makeovers and colour tips? Want to try Natural Instincts after seeing these stunning results?

Clairol challenges you to put them to the test:

With Natural Instincts® you'll see great colour that's healthier-looking -- SATISFACTION GUARANTEED -- or they'll refund your purchase and pay for two boxes of your old colour.

If that's not enough, you can score a coupon to use on your next purchase of Natural Instincts and save up to $4.

Visit Clairol' s website for more details.