MAKEUP RULES: Look good, feel better

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First Posted: 9/30/2013

With October comes breast cancer awareness month, so I would like to shine a spo light on an organization that gives back to people affected by breast cancer: Look Good Feel Better. The group’s mission is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. The aim is to improve a person’s self-image and appearance through complimentary group, individual, and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community. Look Good Feel Better has programs for everyone: men, women and teens. I’m lucky to work for The Sapphire Salon & Destination Spa, which has a few representing members of The Sapphire family that volunteer at LGFB.

Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, brand-neutral program dedicated to helping you look as good as possible during chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments. One portion of the program that I am in love with is the makeup section; each client receives a goody bag with all of the makeup essentials. Being brand-neutral, they include everything from Dior mascara to Covergirl foundation; it’s always a surprise.

Rose Altavilla, an LGFB volunteer, explained:

“When an individual comes in for the program, they are greeted by one of the LGFB volunteers where they will watch an inspirational video that helps to explain the program in full detail. LGFB is sponsored by The American Cancer Society, The Cosmetic and Toiletry Industry, and The National Cosmetology Association. Then after that, they receive their own makeup kit according to skin tone, whether they are light, medium or dark. Then each person goes through a 12-step hands-on process that goes from proper skin care to lip stick application. Following that, they go into wig education. Hats and turbans are available for purchase and further information as to where you can purchase a wig is provided.”

You can contact Look Good Feel Better by calling 1.800.395.LOOK to see which organizations hold classes. Some local places are Candy’s Place in Kingston and Geisinger Health Center in Plains Township.

Tip: When wearing a wig for the first time, it may take you a while to get used to. Try applying your makeup a little heavier and concentrate on using more blush and more gloss. Confidence is key!

Trick: For filling or drawing new eyebrows, always use more than one color shadow and pencil to give more dimension to the drawn-on brow. Light flicking motions will help create a more hair-like appearance.