So when the dermatology company Galderma offered me a chance to transform into Judi Bender (and for a good cause), I was instantly on board.
In February, Galderma launched the MomGenes campaign. MomGenes is a project created to start an optimistic dialogue about aging: According to results of a nationwide mother-daughter survey commissioned by Galderma, 82 percent of moms hope facial aging is easier for their daughters, but more than half never talk about it together.
To help women worldwide celebrate their "mom genes," Galderma is encouraging ladies to recreate a favorite photo of their mom and share it on MomGenes.com. For each photo posted, Galderma will donate $5 to the National Charity League, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the mother-daughter relationship through hands-on volunteerism.
The MakeoverFor my MomGenes transformation, which can be seen in the video above, the crew at Galderma gave me a totally makeover, working off a photo of my mom at 27 as a bridesmaid in her sister's wedding.
Courtesy Kelli Bender
But that's not a surprise to me. My mom always looks good, to the point where she radiates good. To help transform me into this beaming beacon of kindness, Galderma went all out with the makeup, hair and wardrobe.
The makeup portion was the first and the lengthiest part of the process, mostly due to my so-pale-it-glows winter skin tone. While my mom has fairer skin, she also has the coveted ability to get a tan. I am a burn-first-and-then-burn-some-more type of broad. To rectify this, my makeup artist loaded on bronzer to match my mom's golden glow. The other thing Judi had me beat on? Brows. Apparently having loooong brows was a trend when my mom was 27, so a few extra hairs needed to be penciled in.
Next up, hair! My lob allows me to fall asleep with my wet hair, wake up, do nothing to it and still be deemed socially acceptable. I love it ... except for right here. The hairdresser did wave wonders to the hair I had, but because of the length, we could not achieve the full-out Farrah Fawcett splendor that Judi accomplished.
The final step was to change into an outfit selected to match my mom's look – complete with keyhole magenta top and hair flower – and recreate my mom's pose for a photographer.
Courtesy Kelli Bender and Galderma
Courtesy Kelli Bender