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presenting jordan mcbride: ultimate makeover winner
story by Audrey Hanes, photo by Amy Long

Last month, Jordan McBride was named the winner of the fourth annual Jonesboro Occasions Ultimate Makeover Contest. McBride arrived on the day of the makeover eager and ready for a fresh look and a boost of confidence. McBride, a single mom to 2-year-old Aiden, recently returned to Jonesboro after serving in the Army for three years. She is currently taking classes at Arkansas State University and dreams of becoming a junior high mathematics teacher.

Looking back at her Ultimate Makeover, McBride says her favorite part of the day of pampering was shopping at Dillard’s. “The ladies there were so nice and helpful,” she said. “Not only did I get to leave with a new outfit, but I learned a little bit about some other styles that would fit me and my personality that I didn’t think about before.”

After a full day of Ultimate Makeover treatment, McBride was feeling confident and had a better idea of looks that will work in her future career in education.

“I felt amazing and it was kind of like I was finally OK with my appearance,” said McBride of her reaction to the final look. “It wasn’t just an outward makeover; it was a confidence makeover, as well. I have gotten lots of compliments on my hair, and I keep trying to find excuses to wear my boots and vest.”

behind the scenes

Jordan McBride’s first stop was at Eden Spa & Boutique, where cosmetologist
Jessica Wilson gave her a basic facial. McBride says she really looked forward
to the 30-minute facial because of the changes in her skin since moving back
to Jonesboro from active duty in Colorado. Next, McBride stopped by The
Vue Salon and Spa
, where stylist Dan White waxed her eyebrows. Her third stop was at Body Indulgence, where she enjoyed a relaxing 30-minute massage from massage therapist MariAnn McGaughey. After McBride’s massage, cosmetologist Toni Clem gave her an express manicure and pedicure, where she chose a bold blue OPI polish called Keeping Suzi at Bay for her toes and a trendy dark grey polish by Vinylux called Asphalt for her fingers. After a quick lunch at Chick-fil-A, McBride headed to Dillard’s. There, a team of stylists, known as The Fashion Committee, worked to find a look for McBride that would be dressy enough for a date or for teaching but that would also make her feel like herself. After selecting skinny jeans, an animal print sweater, a faux leather vest, boots and several coordinating accessories, it was time to tackle hair at b. marie salon. The salon’s owner and stylist, Brittany McKelroy, wanted to give McBride a look that was versatile and will also work for her time in the National Guard. “I warmed up her color with a golden mahogany, then incorporated some multi-dimensional highlights,” said McKelroy. “For her cut, we gave her a shorter style that is flirty and fun and very versatile – she can wear it straight or wavy.” McBride then headed back to Eden Spa & Boutique, where she met up with Wilson again, this time for a Nars makeover. Wilson used a smoky eye shadow and a raspberry lip color. McBride’s final stop was at Amy Long Photography Studio, where Amy Long captured her final look after a busy Ultimate Makeover day. Skinny J’s also donated a $50 gift card, which McBride said she was looking forward to using soon.

Jonesboro Occasions would like to thank the generous businesses and
individuals who made the 2014 Ultimate Makeover possible.