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'I look like a different person': See mother-daughter duo's Ambush Makeovers

by Jordan Muto /

It was a chilly and drizzly October morning on the plaza, but that didn't stop TODAY fans from coming on out.

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Our Ambush Makeover team of stylist to the stars Louis Licari and TODAY Style Squad member Jill Martin found a special mother-daughter duo that was ready to celebrate their trip to the Big Apple with new looks.

Kathy Neumann

 Kathy Neumann wanted a new look to embrace a new outlook on life. TODAY

Kathy Neumann of Connecticut is a self-proclaimed huge TODAY fan. She says the show's positivity has helped her get through some of the most difficult times in her life, and that watching it has become a bonding experience for her and her mother, Mary. The 49-year-old came to the plaza with her mom, whom she only sees a few times a year, so this makeover was extra special.

 Kathy looked chic and sophisticated with her new look. TODAY

"Oh, my gosh! Oh, that's awesome! Thank you!" Kathy said as soon as she saw her new look.

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb couldn't get over how fabulous she looked.

To get this sassy new look, Maryann Campo gave Kathy a chic bob that worked with Kathy's fine texture. For the color, Licari deepened Kathy's shade of blond and added some highlights for a beautiful honey color.

"I feel great," said Kathy.

For the outfit, Martin put her in a fabulous printed dress with a matching jacket. She wanted something that the stain glass artist could mix and match for a fun night out.

Shop Kathy's look:

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Tahari ASL Floral Pique Sheath Dress, $63, Lord & Taylor

  Lord & Taylor

Tahari ASL Floral Pique Sheath Dress, $63, Lord & Taylor

Floral Print Pique Jacket, $149, Tahari ASL

  Tahari ASL

Floral Print Pique Jacket, $149, Tahari ASL

Mary Neumann

 Mary Neumann didn't think she would be getting an Ambush Makeover when she came out to the plaza with her daughter. TODAY

The fun didn't end with Kathy, because her mother was also in store for some TLC from our Ambush Makeover team. Mary, 74, said she never takes time to pamper herself and that when it comes to her hair she has no idea what to do. Well, that was all about to change!

 Mary looked absolutely radiant with her new look! TODAY

As soon as Mary and Kathy saw each other, they both started crying tears of joy! This mother-daughter duo couldn't believe how fabulous they both looked.

 Mary and Kathy were in shock when they both saw each other. TODAY

"I look like a different person," Mary said once she saw herself in the mirror. "Oh, wow!"

Licari washed away Mary's gray and gave her some brightness. Campo took Mary's hair off of her face and gave her a lovely haircut.

With the makeup, Edin O'Sullivan kept things natural yet beautiful. Mary's look wasn't complete without a fabulous outfit that included a chic jacket with gold grommets.

Shop a similar look to Mary's below:

Nipon Boutique Grommet-Accented Blazer, $58, Lord & Taylor

  Lord & Taylor

Nipon Boutique Grommet-Accented Blazer, $58, Lord & Taylor

Kerchief Angle Hem Tunic, $79, Clara Sunwoo

  Clara Sunwoo

Kerchief Angle Hem Tunic, $79, Clara Sunwoo

Straight Pocket Pant, $79, Clara Sunwoo

  Clara Sunwoo

Straight Pocket Pant, $79, Clara Sunwoo

Kathy and Mary Neumann are ready to leave New York City looking as gorgeous as ever!

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