When Mary Johnsen first sat down in The Makeover Guy’s chair, she was unsurprisingly nervous. The YouTube star is known for giving people extreme transformations, so the grandma had no idea what to expect. But when she looked in the mirror, she was completely bowled over.
Christopher Hopkins is better known to many simply as “The Makeover Guy.” Through his YouTube page, the talented makeup artist posts inspiring videos of his work. And his videos often depict the transformations he has given members of the public at his Minneapolis, Minnesota, base.
According to Hopkins’ YouTube channel description, he helps “people express their inner spirit through their outer image.” In short, he helps people feel more comfortable in their skin through the power of makeover.
Hopkins’ positive approach to his work has earned him thousands of fans. Since starting his Makeover Guy channel in 2007, he has earned close to 50,000 subscribers. Furthermore, his videos have achieved more than 40 million views. And among his admirers was a lady named Mary Johnsen.
In April 2016 Johnsen had set out on a weight loss journey. As a result, by July 2017 she’d lost an impressive 30 pounds. So she decided to treat herself. She contacted the Makeover Guy to see if he would transform her look even further.
Hopkins agreed and before long Johnsen was at his salon. For moral support, she brought along her granddaughter, who gave an insight into her grandma’s predicament. “She doesn’t really think that she’s pretty, and she is,” she said. “I just want her to be able to see that in herself.”
When Johnsen sat down in Hopkins’ makeup chair, she told him about some personal struggles. Cumulatively, it seemed that the tragic events had taken their toll on her. “My mother passed away in November. So that was hard,” she revealed.
However, that wasn’t the only loss Johnsen had experienced in recent months. “Last year has been really stressful, a lot of deaths of family and people we know from church. We have a good friend right now who’s in hospice,” she explained.
Consequently, all the emotional upheaval she’d experienced had left Johnsen feeling a little lackluster. “It’s been all these changes,” the weary grandmother reflected. But now she was ready to move on. “I want a good change,” she said.
With that in mind, she relinquished creative control on her appearance to Hopkins. At first, she suggested that they might keep the gray in her hair. However, when she spotted the Makeover Guy’s reaction she decided to let him take the lead.
And it turns out she was right to do so. That’s because after a day in Hopkins’ chair, Johnsen looked like a completely new woman. The Makeover Guide had tamed her salt and pepper tresses, cutting and coloring them into a stylish highlighted bob.
Moreover, Hopkins had emphasized Johnsen’s features with a smattering of makeup. And while she may have looked quite different, the grandmother certainly liked what she saw. In fact, in the video of her transformation, she describes the Makeover Guy as a “magic man.”
After her makeover, Johnsen went to surprise her granddaughter with her new look. And she could see the difference in her grandmother straight away. When asked to summarize the change, she concluded that Johnsen seemed “bubbly.”
Thanks to her new appearance, Johnsen felt ready to take on the world. And she decided there wasn’t a minute to lose when it came to enjoying herself. “I think we’re going to go out and have dinner at least,” she revealed.
Later, when Johnsen had processed her makeover, she wrote to Hopkins to tell him what his work had meant to her. “I can’t thank you enough,” she said. “I woke up this morning and looked in the mirror and liked what I was seeing! That hasn’t happened in a very long time.”
Johnsen added, “Feeling pretty in the morning, right after I wake up, no makeup… THAT is a miracle! Don’t know if you’ve watched any of the footage yet, but wanted to let you guys know my hubby LOVES it too! And tonight he called me beautiful.”
The grandma admitted that she’d been a little nervous about visiting Hopkins’ salon. “I walked into the salon not feeling very attractive, and walked out feeling pampered and pretty,” she said. “You guys are fabulous!”
Now that Johnsen had regained her confidence, there was no way she was letting it go again. In fact, she promised Hopkins that she would be paying more attention to her appearance from now on. “You can bet I WILL be keeping up the styling and makeup,” she wrote.
But there was no escaping the fact that it had been Hopkins who had handed Johnsen her identity back. For that, she will be forever grateful. Speaking of her makeover, she said, “It was such a fun day! I just fell in love with you guys. All of you!”
So for the Makeover Guy, Johnsen’s transformation marked yet another job well done. But it wasn’t the grandma’s outwardly appearance that was most important to him, it was how she felt on the inside. “When who you are inside expresses itself in how you appear, you are beautiful,” Hopkins concluded.