Beauty Advice For Women With Cancer

Beauty Advice For Women With Cancer

With these beauty tips from Victoria, feel like yourself again and restore your self-esteem by rethinking your beauty regime

When life has thrown you a devastating challenge, feel like yourself again and restore your self-esteem by rethinking your beauty regime

Make-up equals confidence
Changes to your skin and hair during cancer treatment can make you feel vulnerable when you look in the mirror and possibly don’t recognise yourself. Dealing with these side effects can give you back your confidence and enable you to get on with ‘normal’ life. Here’s what you need to know…

Be gentle with your skin
“It’s important to use hypo-allergenic cleansing products for sensitive skin and not to rub or drag the skin,” says make-up artist Caroline Barnes, ambassador for cancer charity Look Good Feel Better. “Balm products are really hydrating.”

Double-up on moisture
Skin often becomes drier during treatment, so add a hydrating serum underneath your daily moisturiser for extra soft skin. Try Olay Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration Day Cream. “Don’t forget your neck,” adds Caroline.

Try colour correcting
“Chemotherapy can cause high colour, flushing and blotchiness, but a green colour corrector helps disguise redness,” says Caroline. Apply directly onto blotchy areas, pat to blend with your fingers and apply foundation over the top.

Fake great brows
Restoring sparse eyebrows instantly makes you feel better. A common mistake is to make brows too dark, which can look artificial, so pick an eyebrow pencil that’s a shade lighter than your natural hair colour. Draw light, feathery upward strokes following your natural arch and blend with a cotton bud for a super-natural finish.

Add definition
Hair loss is common with cancer treatment, but there are make-up tricks that will help. “Eyeliner darkens the eyes, helping recreate the appearance of eyelashes,” says Caroline. Trace a line from the outer corner of the eye to the halfway point on both upper and lower eyelids and soften-up with a cotton bud.

Pucker up
“Lipstick instantly cheers us up!” says Caroline. “Berry and red colours can highlight redness and are best avoided – stick to pretty neutral shades.” A moisturising, balm formula is best for dry lips.

Get support
Look Good Feel Better provides brilliant free workshops across the UK teaching women how to deal with common side effects to cancer, such as skin changes, eyebrow and eyelash loss. Visit to find a workshop near you.

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