Diane Gurden

diane gurden

Her Story As a self-professed "mommy doormat," Diane Gurden, 44, a married mother of two, started the 7 Years Younger program by literally putting herself on the list (a.k.a. the family calendar). She penned in her new Zumba classes next to her daughters' swim meets, then dove into the plan's healthy recipes: "I suddenly knew what to do with all those good-for-you foods like Greek yogurt and blueberries. The weight-loss plan opened my eyes." Especially when she stood on the scale at the end of eight weeks — she'd whittled off 12 pounds!

Her Pledge "For the next eight weeks, I will try my best to cook new, healthy recipes so my family and I start eating more nutritionally balanced diets; add exercise to my calendar daily to improve strength, mental health and overall outlook and perspective; embrace skin care and makeup techniques more appropriate for a woman in her 40s; focus on my goals rather than just being a caretaker for everyone else in my life."

The Results:

"Winning at weight loss taught me that I have control over my looks and my life."

  • Pounds shed: 12 pounds
  • Body fat decrease: 4.3 percent
  • Total inches lost: 5.5 inches
  • Skin improved: More radiant and bright

Hair At New York City's Louis Licari Salon, colorist Delilah Fernandez rebalanced Diane's haircolor, which had been lighter on top and darker at the bottom. Then she added amber highlights to emphasize the creaminess of Diane's skin and make her dark eyes smolder. "Haircolor that complements your complexion makes anyone look younger," explains Salon owner Louis Licari. To freshen up the shape, Salon stylist Dana Fiore sculpted in longer layers to create movement — and to avoid a blunt, dull "mom cut."

Makeup Diane's porcelain skin drew raves from Lancôme makeup artist Sandy Linter, who brightened her eyes by dabbing a medium shade of concealer on her lids, as well as in the inner corners of her eyes and underneath them. "A big — and common — mistake is to think a lighter concealer gives more coverage," says Linter. "Too light a shade will leave a whitish 'owl's eye' ring around the eyes." She then accentuated Diane's natural radiance with peachy foundation, apricot blush, and a glossy, rosy lip color.