Jennifer Backes, the mother of two boys, Hayden, 6, and Jase, 2, is busy at her post as the marketing director for Missouri Vein Care. She loves the fast-paced nature of her job, but also likes to use her free time to spend time playing outside with her boys, or maybe catching a high school sporting event with her husband, Dustin, who works at the Speaker’s Office.
Jennifer loves her community in Loose Creek. The small area is tightly-knit, with neighbors who are always willing to lend a hand, which has been a great help after Hayden was diagnosed with cancer on Valentine’s Day of 2013. He recently started chemo treatments again, and every Friday he is ready to go to Columbia.
“He says he’s ‘gotta take care of business,’” laughed Jennifer. “He’s a tough kid. He’s very mature for his age.”
Jennifer was an obvious choice for HER as the makeover subject, because all her hard work deserves some pampering. Catherine Crum and Jenna Duren teamed up to give Jennifer a new look, complete with clothes selected by Some Like It Haute owner, Cheri Morrow. Jennifer finished off the ensemble with her royal blue advocacy bracelet in honor of Hayden. She hasn’t taken off the bracelet in three years.
Hair: Since Jennifer has fine hair, Catherine decided to thicken it up a little with long extensions in the front, shaping the rest of her hair into a “lob,” or long bob, that’s a great look for a variety of face shapes. With the removal of the dead ends, Jennifer’s hair was immediately looking healthier. The added color-melt of chocolate brown into a hint of deep red made her new look really pop. Aveda Thickening Tonic and Volumizing Tonic helped boost the look’s volume. Pure Abundance Hair Potion and Air Control Hair Spray made sure that the added lift would stay put all day.
Makeup: Jenna used bareMinerals Complexion Rescue to create an even base on Jennifer’s face. Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener added highlights. Mineral Veil finishing powder made sure the makeup would stick all day long. The neutral browns of bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow were natural yet still stand out, great for a day-to-night look. For day, Jenna could have chosen a nude lip, but she ramped it up with a luscious mauve Marvelous Moxie lipstick. Jennifer was done after a coat of Lash Domination Voluminizing Mascara.
Clothing: Jennifer is oh so pretty in pink…wearing separates by Entro. She’s radiant in the blush tone on tone swing top and vintage lace cardigan. Triple stacked crystal necklaces in shades of lilac, mauve, amethyst and cornflower add polish and interest to the ensemble.