Look Good Feel Better
I found out about the Look Good Feel Better workshop soon after my breast cancer diagnosis and was so looking forward to going!
It is a free national community service program dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Women, men and teens participate in a practical workshop which covers skin care, make-up and head wear demonstrations.
I’m a bit of a make up fiend but since my diagnosis, and especially since losing my hair, I haven’t had the same level of enjoyment in making myself up that I did before.
On the day, I joined a group of about 12 other ladies in the waiting room. We had a drink and a chat about our mornings and were called out by name one by one to find our seat.
I was the last one called and was shown to my seat at the FRONT of the class. One of the LGFB team asked me if I didn’t mind being the guinea pig for the day – argh – of course I said yes!
On the table in front of me was an array of make up and skincare products.
First up was a lesson in make up. We found out all about how to apply foundation, concealer and powder first to even out skin-tone, hide imperfections but still look naturally glowing. Well, as glowing as one undergoing cancer treatment can!
Next it was eyebrows. I’ve lost about 40% of mine and as I had very thick and dark eyebrows previously, I’ve really been struggling to draw them on – I’ve never had to do it in my life before! I found out a better way for me to draw mine on it to turn my eyebrow pencil to the side and shade them in, rather than to try and draw on ‘hairs’.
Then it was eyeshadow and liner. I think I’ve lost about 60% of my eyelashes and gained some great tips on using liner to fake the look of a full row of thicker lashes. We followed that up with an application of mascara and I learned that you shouldn’t keep mascara for more than 3 months after the first application to prevent spreading bacteria – I didn’t know that! I rarely wear mascara these days because I’m trying not to irritate my eyes and also prevent any more lashes falling out but I do look so much better with it on.
After blusher and lipstick, our look was complete! I decided to be bold and opted for red lips – it’s so rare that I’m brave enough for bold coloured lips but it was fun.
When our make up was complete, it was time to try on some wigs, hats and scarves. Lucky me, again the guinea pig for some of them! Check me out below in a fetching blonde wig and bright pink cap – it was so funny! Clearly I was joking, not being serious :)
I did try on a bobbed dark brown wig, which I loved, and found out some really nice ways to tie a head scarf. As we’re coming into the cooler weather here in Australia, I’ll probably wear my wig and headgear more to keep warm whereas until now I either wear nothing or just pop a cap on.
You can see me in my new wig here by the way.
The workshop lasted for about 2 hours and was so much fun. It was lovely to pick up some new tips and be in the company of like-minded ladies who were going through a similar situation to me.
We also received a lovely collection of make up, tailored to our skin-tone, to take home which was a lovely bonus given that the workshop is free.
I would highly recommend anyone undergoing cancer treatment to sign up for the Look Good Feel Better workshop – you really will get a lot out of it and at the very least, laugh a lot!
More about Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better programs are open anyone undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer. In Australia, more than 118,000 people have participated in the program, which now offers approximately 1,000 workshops nationwide in more than 180 venues.
Today, the program is managed by a small team of team of staff and the support of 1,500 trained and certified cosmetic, beauty and hairdressing professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help deliver workshops across Australia. Each workshop participant receives a complimentary Confidence Kitand instruction booklet.
With no government funding, the Cancer Patients Foundation relies heavily on the generosity of corporate and community supporters.
For more information, you can visit lgfb.org.au
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