Surprise Makeover

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I was watching a daytime talk show, and the host brought out several women who were all survivors of domestic violence. He sent them backstage with a team of beauty experts for a "surprise
makeover".

Submitted: July 20, 2018

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Surprise Makeover

 

we tried to stay away

from anything plum,

which looks so garish

in the cold fog

of authority,

as the neighbors report

nothing new between

those two.

 

if you could have seen

the patches of her

own hair we found under

her mother's old wig,

you'd understand why

we went with an auburn

highlight, and avoided

teasing her too much.

 

we left a lot of the blues

on her face and neck,

because her fall was inevitable,

and it's better to anticipate

a change than

react too late,

we reasoned.

 

the dress is from the Salvation

Army, and most women should

be able to buy it without

fear of retribution.

 

once the cast comes off,

you'll notice what lovely

hands she once had,

and how well defensive

wounds take to a neutral

powder base.

 

just before air,

we noticed

some fresh

puffiness

around the

jawline,

so we tried

toning

her down,

 

we

tried

toning

her

 

down.


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