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Makeup for Clients With Cancer

By: Morag Currin
Posted: June 29, 2012, from the July 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
This cancer patient was treated at Celilo Cancer Center in The Dalles, Oregon, and received <br/>a makeover from makeup artist Annette Goodman using La Bella Donna makeup.

This cancer patient was treated at Celilo Cancer Center in The Dalles, Oregon, and received
a makeover from makeup artist Annette Goodman using La Bella Donna makeup.

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When clients are not feeling well, they do not have the energy to spend hours in front of the mirror doing their makeup on a daily basis. This may require some effort from the client; however, from a psychological standpoint, they may feel a lot better once they have created a look for themselves that boosts their confidence. Also note that not every women who gets cancer uses makeup. There are women that stick to the natural look, and apply minimal makeup. Some may just use lipstick for some color.

It is ideal to keep any makeover natural and healthy-looking. Women undergoing cancer treatment are going to want to look normal under all circumstances, particularly if they are still working during their treatment. As a skin care professional or makeup artist, it is very important to avoid overcompensating by applying heavy makeup, because this will result in an unnatural look. Apply makeup with a light touch. To project a radiant, healthy look, accentuate the positive and conceal the negative.

Some clients will feel more confident if attention is directed away from their lack of eyebrows and hair. There are multiple ways to change this emphasis. Suggest the addition of:

  • Jewelry, such as noticeable earrings, necklaces and rings;
  • Different colors of makeup to emphasize the eyes or lips; or
  • An item of clothing that provides confidence, such as a new scarf, hat or shawl that can attract positive attention.

Boost their confidence

It is always important to care for the skin before adding makeup. Consider these makeup tips when working with the following common skin conditions
for clients with cancer.

Dry and sensitive skin—Ensure the skin itself is sufficiently moisturized before a makeup application, and also confirm that all skin care products and makeup used are formulations with no harmful, toxic or irritating ingredients.