5 Steps to Creating the Perfect Makeup Look During Chemotherapy

It’s not a look most women dream of: bald with blotchy irritated skin. Chemo can chase away nasty cancer cells, but don’t let it chase away your self-esteem. If your hair is lost or thinning, your skin is dry or irritated, and you’ve gained or lost weight during this process, your best bet is to slow down. Take more time and care than you normally would applying makeup and you’ll be surprised at the result. 1. Start with a clean face. Wash and dry your skin lovingly with a super soft cloth and no harsh products. Treat your skin with the care you’d give a precious baby — gentle, gentle, gentle! 2. Moisturize! Apply natural moisturizers or ask your oncologist to recommend products right for you. Don’t forget that getting enough fluids will help your skin look better, too. When your face is clean and hydrated, it’s time to paint that palette. 3. Prime your skin. Starting with a base coat of primer makes it sound like you have an industrial building to tackle, but this product really does even out skin tone. Use it or a light foundation and then troubleshoot problem areas with concealer. Blend, then use additional foundation to balance the complexion of your whole face. MORE: How 'cooling caps' can help save your hair during chemotherapy If it sounds like you’ll be using a lot of product, don’t worry. You’re simply applying product strategically, in layers, to create a fabulous natural look. As soon as your tone is even and you’ve covered minor blemishes, it’s time for the next step. 4. Give your face some light. With a hi
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