Wed­ding Day Makeover

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Dis­cov­ery Home & Health Un­like Mary’s Bot­tom Line, in Wed­ding Day Makeover, which also de­buts tonight, what you see is what you get. There is no over­ar­ch­ing eco­nomic theme at work here, no greater pur­pose, in fact no al­tru­ism what­so­ever. ‘‘ This is the story of two brides,’’ gushes the nar­ra­tor as if she were putting an eight-year-old to bed, ‘‘ who want two mag­i­cal makeovers by two savvy stylists for their one spe­cial day.’’ Bride No 1, Alina, is ty­ing the knot with fi­ance Josh af­ter just two years. She says it’s really im­por­tant that on her wed­ding day she looks fab­u­lous, that she wears her hair down, and is glam­orous and beau­ti­ful. ‘‘ To make sure she gets the Cin­derella treat­ment she wants, Alina turns to one of one of Cal­i­for­nia’s top hair and make-up gu­rus,’’ says the nar­ra­tor in her breath­less, baby-talk tone. Then we meet Yana, who owns and runs Yana’s Beauty Stu­dio in down­town LA. It is easy to pic­ture this woman at func­tions telling peo­ple she is in­deed one of Cal­i­for­nia’s top hair and make-up gu­rus. I’m sure the pro­gram is not aimed at any­one over the age of 12, but it really is time such re­al­ity guff lifted its act to get just a tiny lit­tle bit be­yond beauty treat­ments, to take on the whole bride and not just her dress, hair and nails. And I don’t mean the bitchy con­flict.

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