Cancer survivor and makeup artist Ramy Gafni, who created the The Ultimate Guide to Looking and Feeling Great While Living With Cancer (DVD, Shami Production, 2006), offers 3 great makeup tips for women with breast cancer who are experiencing side effects:
1. Yellow-based concealer plus bronzer
Gafni recommends using yellow-based concealer, not pink, if you have dark shadows under your eyes. Your best bet is to select a shade that matches your skin tone or is slightly lighter. “Add a little bronzer to get rid of sallowness or paleness in the skin, or add a rosy blush to the apples of the cheeks to give you a healthy pop of color. Keep it simple.”
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2. Use pencil or pomade to fill in your brows
“More than losing the hair on your head—if you’re bald or have it shaved people could just think you’re an artist—losing your brows and lashes are a bigger giveaway that you’re going through cancer. If you have no hair [on your brows] at all, go a little darker than your hair color.”
3. Smudge eyeliner on your lash line
“The best way to fill your lash line is to use an eyeliner—pencil, pen, or liquid, which is the hardest to work with and looks the most artificial. Go as close to the lash line as possible with a brownish-black pencil or pen, but you don’t need to make a perfectly straight line; it looks better if you smudge it a little bit. Do this on the upper lash line and you can do a little bit on the outer half of the lower lash line. Women of color can use more intense colors, like a black eyeliner and a richer, burgundy blush.”