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Nicki and Rachele Nicki and Rachele | 13:19 UK time, Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Helloooo to all POD Passionates, Nicki and Rachele here. We had the pleasure of being Series 4 stylists and we want to give you a sneaky insight into our amazing journey with Snog Marry Avoid?

Snog Marry Avoid? (Emily Kerr)

Emily Kerr in Snog Marry Avoid?

Taking on a new role is always a challenge and as a stylist you have new projects every day either creating a look or a campaign. Snog Marry Avoid? was a different challenge altogether: we had to do MAKEUNDERS not MAKEOVERS! What's the difference I hear you say? A lot. We had to take really made-up characters with their own style and strip it away leaving almost a blank canvas. A challenge to say the least: we had layers of fake tan, extensions, bikinis (as outerwear) and much more to contend with. It was the most fun we have ever had!!

THE TRENDS
To give the team an idea of what looks we wanted to achieve, subtle but still on trend, we created inspiration boards to show new season looks, shapes and colours. The trends and looks that inspired us were bodycon, 70's romance, soft tailoring (more graduation/preppy than Wall Street) and we steered away from micro trends such as tassels and anything graphic as this would take away from the soft, subtle look we want to get from the makeunder.

When we joined Snog Marry Avoid? it was already an established show so this was quite a nerve-racking experience for us. We wanted to keep the same format but make it more trend driven. There is only so much we can do with a shift dress and tights - arghhh!! We took a risk and decided to use, wait for it, playsuits, skirts etc. We think it worked, hope you do too. We are high street lovers and I have to say stores like Topshop, H&M, Asos, Miss Selfridges and Boohoo were our saving grace as they do trends so well and the sizes are spot on.

THE MAKEUNDER
Now the challenge begins, the actual makeunder. To start we need to see body shape, a real challenge when most girls don't even know their bra size, yes this is true! Measuring tape at the ready. Some of our girls were definitely more gifted in the breast department and this can cause chaos when dressing them. We stuck with empire lines (70's romance) and really concentrated on the waist. Take a look at Hollie 'Dollie' for example:

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With Hollie's shape we had to create more of an hourglass figure and move away from the top heavy shape she'd created with her look. To achieve this we chose a drape front dress with cinch in waist, this created an illusion of not only a waist but disguised the size of Hollie's bust. She looked classy and half her age - we loved it!!

TOP MOMENT
My personal favourite contributor was Lynn Carmichael, she's a bodybuilder and has quite a muscular frame. Our aim was to make her feel feminine and beautiful so we went for one of the most feminine shapes - the maxi dress. We chose a soft empire line with chiffon sleeves to soften the upper arm. I dare you not to cry at this makeunder, there wasn't a dry eye on the day awwww!!!! She looked amazing! (Look out for Lynn in an upcoming episode.)

Snog Marry Avoid? (Verena Twigg)

Verena Twigg in Snog Marry Avoid?

We have had an amazing time on the show and we hope you all love the makeunders we achieved, along the way we had tears and tantrums but mostly laughs.

So that's all from us but we hope you've loved this insight into the styling world of Snog, Marry, Avoid?

Lots of hugs Nicki and Rachele xxx

Nicki and Rachele are the Snog Marry Avoid? stylists. You can watch new episodes every Tuesday at 8pm. Add your comment.

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