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December 10, 2007

Broken Heart Beauty: Makeup for a Breakup

When the look of lost love is in your eyes, it's surprising what a new polish or lipstick can do. Julia Jones chats up the experts who help celeb clients survive heartache in style.

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Photo Credit: Carrie Winegarden/iStock

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Never is a celeb's beauty more fascinating than when she's suffering a breakup. When there's a big change in her appearance, whether good or bad, it's always news. We winced when born-blonde Michelle Williams went on a mousy-brown binge after calling it quits with Heath Ledger; we cheered when Ellen Barkin got buff during divorce proceedings from billionaire Ron Perelman. Back in the '60s, near the end of her tempestuous liaison with Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow infuriated Ol' Blue Eyes by having her long, golden hair chopped off by Vidal Sassoon. Alas, love had fled, but the pixie cut hung in there — and made Farrow even more famous.

Oddly enough, when the whole world knows you're splitsville ('cause the tabloids chronicle your every move), you get a chance to see yourself as others do, and how heartache takes its toll. Most of us who pine in private don't have that luxury. Take my friend Sandra, a 34-year-old stunning brunette PR exec who, after a messy break from a much-younger Italian boyfriend, was last seen sobbing, "I'll never have sex again!" while working her way through a pint of Ben & Jerry's Half Baked. Shampoo hadn't touched her hair in days. Sonya, on the other hand, whose 14-year relationship with her college sweetheart abruptly dissolved, now spends every nanosecond training for marathons. Never has her body been so toned, but damned if she slows down enough to let any new guy admire it.

Since there's both art and science to putting on a brave face, we thought we'd ask the beauty experts who help the celebrities do just that. They can't mend a relationship, but they sure as hell can get you ready for the next one.

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