Real Makeovers for Real Women

Makeup artist Jenine perfectly lines her lips; Manicurist Brunilda applies gel-color to her fingertips. (With the new OPI gel-color system, nails cure in an ultraviolet light machine and are bone-dry in just 30 seconds.)

Park Place style editor Susan Brierly pulls all the elements together for a dramatic makeover.

Just before the photo shoot, DePasquale designer Jade puts finishing touches on Lisa Brennan’s hair

When I first laid eyes on Lisa Brennan of Morris Plains, I thought, “YES!  She is perfect!” Her big blue eyes, great skin and teeth, and effervescent personality made the 42-year-old veterinarian an easy choice for a Park Place makeover.

Brennan says she has put her personal sense of style (and her career) on hold for the last five years to raise her two young sons. “I wake up in the morning, get the kids ready for school, grab a slice of peanut-butter toast on my way out the door and sometimes forget to comb my hair,” she says. But this outdoorsy ski buff admits she hasn’t given much thought to hair, makeup or fashion. “Until now, I have never worn makeup, not even on my wedding day, so I have no idea what I’ll look like with mascara and lip color.”

After picking myself up off the floor, I contacted our friends at DePasquale The Spa ( in Morris Plains, and the transformation began. Manager Stacey Catalogna assembled a stalwart makeover team that optimized Brennan’s best features to give her a glamorous new look.

Wardrobe, from Top This boutique in Morristown (, accented Brennan’s size-2 figure; it previously had been concealed by fleece pullovers and loose jeans. Then, Duet, the luxury resale aficionados in Livingston (, polished-off the look with gorgeous designer jewelry and a stunning handbag.

Lisa Brennan loves her sparkling new appearance—even her parents didn’t recognize her at first. This sexy veterinarian is now the cat’s meow!

Lisa Brennan’s makeover magic included highlights, easy-care hairstyle, long-lasting gel-color manicure, eyebrow shaping and natural-looking makeup, courtesy of DePasquale The Spa in Morris Plains.

Brennan’s new wardrobe, from Top This boutique in Morristown, includes a curve-hugging black knit top by Three Dot, a BCBG Max Azria power mini skirt and a reversible faux fur vest by Roam. Her monochromatic look is pulled together with opaque tights and accented with cherry-red suede pumps by Steve Madden—perfect for Valentine’s Day fun.

Elegant but simple jewelry and a super-chic Gucci Babouska leather handbag with adorable heart charm hail from Duet in Livingston. Brennan’s bling includes a Van Cleef & Arpels black onyx and 18K Alhambra Clover necklace, Robert Lee Morris 18K earrings, Agas Tamar stone and 24K bracelet and a Louis Vuitton Serrure Pampilles 18K and leather bracelet.

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