Fashion on a budget

Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic didn’t want to do a run-of-the-mill makeover program — they wanted to break the mould.

Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic didn’t want to do a run-of-the-mill makeover program — they wanted to break the mould.

So their new series, “Anna and Kristina’s Beauty Call,” fuses the pair’s personal interests in fashion and beauty with their expertise in researching and testing out products as demonstrated on their popular series The Shopping Bags.

“We thought, ‘Let’s see if we can meld the two genres and do something a little different, a little unique,”’ Matisic said in an interview from Los Angeles, where she and Wallner were filming segments for the new show.

The half-hour series, premiering Tuesday at 7 p.m. on W Network, is jam-packed with product reviews, how-tos and tips for both budget and style-conscious fashionistas and beauty buffs.

The series also features fashion industry heavy-hitters from both sides of the border including A-list designer Carolina Herrera, Canada’s Kimberley Newport-Mimran, designer of Pink Tartan, and Flare editor-in-chief Lisa Tant, who critiques the makeover look in the debut episode.

The show’s premiere offers tips on eyebrow grooming, how to best fit a stiletto, and wearing the right accessories for your body type.

The advice segments are interwoven throughout the program as Wallner and Matisic help piece together ensembles for the series’ style-challenged participants. In line with their style-on-a-budget philosophy, the duo is limited to spending only $500 on each participant.

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