It wasn't until the "after" photoshoot that a patient professional makeup artist with an arsenal of smoky eye shadows succeeded in showing me my brunette potential. In the office, people oohed and aahed. Could it be that I'd so easily shed my blonde-in-a-babydoll-dress persona? It's been two months now, and my dark hair has affected not only my makeup and clothing choices, but also my confidence. I find myself seeking new challenges, and I just earned a promotion. I guess I'm not the only one who sees me in a new light.
—Lizzie Dunlap, formerly Marie Claire's assistant to the editor-in-chief, now assistant beauty editor