After a day of pampering and preening, Cindy looked like a whole new woman. And when her husband saw her for the first time after the transformation, his reaction was adorable. The man was clearly impressed by the makeover, in fact – so much so that he would go on to say something truly heartwarming.
Back in 2011, Cindy was in her late 50s and lived in Ohio with her husband. When her 60th birthday came along, however, something out of the ordinary happened to her. And it all started when she went to Sam’s Club and bought a book that she really enjoyed.
The name of the book that Cindy bought was Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45. This tome had been written by a man named Christopher Hopkins, an entrepreneur with a particular penchant for makeovers.
Indeed, Hopkins was most well known at the time for his work as “The Makeover Guy,” an endeavor that even has its own YouTube channel. He started the enterprise back in 2007, and since then it has continued to grow in popularity. To date, the channel has racked up an impressive 38 million views across numerous videos, in fact.
And the clips in question feature various people – generally women – coming to Hopkins for advice about their appearance. Then, he works his creative magic, usually giving the subjects revamped haircuts and make-up lessons to finish off their new looks.
Cindy, meanwhile, had admired Hopkins’ work from afar, and so for her 60th birthday she and her husband decided that she would go to him for a makeover. Before the meeting, Cindy had decided to grow her hair out so that Hopkins could work with what she would later describe in a YouTube video of her experiences as a “blank slate.”
And Cindy’s husband also says at the beginning of the makeover video, “She’s the canvas, she can paint the canvas the way she wants.” He makes it clear, too, that he doesn’t want to influence the process, because the whole experience is meant to be “her gift.”
Then, it’s time for the makeover itself to get started. Hopkins and his team begin with Cindy’s eyebrows. Pointing the camera at Cindy, “The Makeover Guy” asks her what she thinks of her eyebrow wax. And it’s clear that she’s a fan.
Indeed, Cindy says to the camera, “I love it, I absolutely love it.” But the team isn’t finished with her yet. Next, Cindy is filmed sitting in a chair in front of a mirror, ready to have her hair done. At this point, she takes the opportunity to explain to Hopkins exactly what she wants.
Cindy reveals, “I usually go very natural, and I would really prefer to stay that way,” while Hopkins runs his hands through her hair to get a feel for it. Cindy then goes on to tell Hopkins that she wants a style that’s “simple” to recreate herself at home.
However, the woman at the center of the transformation makes one thing crystal clear. “I do not want bangs,” she says adamantly. Then, once Hopkins has heard everything that he needs to know, it’s time to get started on the makeover. And he doesn’t hold back.
Indeed, the next shot of the video shows something pretty dramatic. Hopkins grabs the bottom of Cindy’s hair and brings the scissors up to it. Then, in just a matter of seconds, he chops off a large chunk of his client’s hair. Cindy loses about four or five inches of it in total.
Unsurprisingly, Cindy squeals nervously when she sees how much hair has been chopped off; Hopkins even throws it into her lap for dramatic effect. Then, once the length has been decided upon, Hopkins decides to shape and color Cindy’s hair to give it a fresh look.
And while the dye sets in, a makeup artist swoops in to give Cindy’s face a makeover, too. She explains that she’s dabbing Cindy’s face with a highlighter in order to bring out her cheekbones. Next, the makeup artist brings a bronzer brush into the mix, adding a little color to Cindy’s cheeks.
After that, the makeover is complete. But Cindy’s husband is yet to see the incredible transformation. And his reaction when he does is nothing short of heartwarming. What’s more, the camera captures the moment when he spots his wife for the first time post-makeover.
As he walks up to Cindy he exclaims, “Woah!” Then, with a huge smile on his face, he nods repeatedly and says, “That’s excellent,” clearly impressed with his wife’s new look. And Cindy herself is obviously very pleased with her appearance, too, as she turns to give Hopkins an enormous hug.
“I absolutely love it,” Cindy tells the camera, admiring her newly styled and lighter-colored hair. “And I’ve learned so much today. I can hardly believe all the tips that I’ve been given about makeup, about my eyebrows, about my hair.” Then, she takes the opportunity to encourage others to come and visit Hopkins for a day.
Meanwhile, Cindy’s husband appears very pleased with the whole experience, which he’d organized for his wife’s birthday. “For me it was a win-win, because Cindy got the makeover she wanted,” he says. And people online seemed to love it as well, with many commenting that she looked much younger.
In fact, Cindy’s makeover video has since garnered more than 500,000 views. And for some, the best part of the video wasn’t just the amazing transformation; there was something else about it that people couldn’t get enough of. The moment in question came right at the end of the video, in the form of an adorable compliment from Cindy’s husband.
Referring to the “blank canvas” that his wife had said that she wanted to bring to Hopkins, the proud husband said that, “in return, we got a da Vinci.” And that heartwarming comment received plenty of praise online, with one person even claiming that it was “the nicest compliment ever.”