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.
Most changes in your appearance are temporary, but we believe it is important to provide you with tips and techniques that will help you look better today.
In this section, you will find a step-by-step guide to makeup, skin care, nail care, wigs, and head coverings. Additional information is available in our brochure and at any Look Good Feel Better workshop.
Developing dry or sensitive skin during chemotherapy and radiation is common – and may require changes in your daily skincare routine. Follow the steps below, treating your skin as gently as possible.
Cleanse & Tone
Cleanse morning and evening with lukewarm water and a creamy cleanser or mild soap that is easy to rinse off.
Follow with a mild, alcohol-free toner to refresh your skin and remove excess cleanser.
Choose the appropriate moisturizer according to your skin type or special needs during chemotherapy or radiation treatment. You may find that you need something richer than usual, such as a cream rather than a lotion.
Choose a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher.
Use as often as needed to hydrate the skin. Keep a travel-sized moisturizer in your purse if your skin is particularly dry.
Add an eye cream to your skincare routine to treat dryness, dark circles, and puffiness.
Concealer instantly helps correct the look of blemishes and other changes in your skin. It can be worn under foundation to hide dark circles and other discolorations – and kept on hand for quick touch-ups.
Concealer Application Tips
Choose a color slightly lighter than your skin tone. Get help from a local beauty professional or Look Good Feel Better cosmetologist if you don’t already have a shade that works or if choosing becomes tricky.
Choose a stick or creamy formula to avoid drying your skin.
Dot concealer where needed and use your fingertips to pat and blend into the skin. Follow with your favorite foundation.
If concealer isn’t enough to hide your dark circles, consider using a color corrector. Choose a pinkish shade to neutralize pink-blue circles. Use a peach-toned corrector to camouflage darker, purple or brown circles.
Make sure to check with your doctor before applying concealer to treated or healing areas.
Foundation is the best way to create a healthy, even skin tone – particularly if you feel pale or sallow. If you don’t normally wear foundation, a tinted moisturizer is a good alternative.
Foundation & Powder Application Tips
Swatch a few shades onto your cheek or jawline – the shade that disappears is the one for you. Make sure to do this in natural light. If you’re in a department store this may entail stepping outside with a hand-held mirror.
Get help from a local beauty professional or a Look Good Feel Better cosmetologist if you don’t already have a shade that works, or if choosing becomes tricky.
Try a liquid, cream, or moisturizing formula if your skin feels dry or dehydrated. It will also be easier to blend into delicate skin.
Dot foundation on your forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose and blend with a wedge-shaped sponge or clean fingertips. A foundation brush is a great also a great option, especially for fuller coverage.
Dust oilier skin with a translucent or light-colored loose powder to set your makeup and help control shine.
Use pressed powder for touch-ups throughout the day.
Nothing looks more vibrant than a seemingly natural glow. Blush is one of the easiest ways to start looking healthier – and it takes moments to achieve.
Blush Application Tips
Find a powder blush in a shade that complements your skin tone: subtle rose for light skin, rose/subtle plum for medium skin, or deep rose/plum/bronze for dark skin. You might already have one that works.
Sweep blush over your cheekbones and toward your ears. A great way to do this is to smile at the mirror and start at the apple of your cheek.
Wash the brush regularly with shampoo and let it air-dry.
If you are puffy or feeling gaunt, try a brown-toned blush or bronzer to create contour under the cheekbones. A local beauty professional or Look Good Feel Better cosmetologist can help you find the right shade and technique to offset these changes.
There are several ways to recreate your eyebrows if they have thinned or fallen out. At first glance, these steps may seem to require the skills of a makeup artist, but they will become easier in no time. Use a photo of yourself as a guide and follow the steps below.
Eyebrow Tips & Techniques
Choose powder eyebrow color or an eyebrow pencil in a shade that resembles your haircolor.
Use the pencil to make a dot on your browbone directly above the inside corner of your eye. This is where the eyebrow should begin.
Place another dot on your browbone directly above the outer edge of the iris – the colored part of your eye. This dot marks the highest point of the arch.
Place the pencil diagonally from the bottom corner of your nose past the outside corner of your eye. Draw a small dot to define the endpoint of your eyebrow – it should be slightly higher than the inner corner.
Connect the dots with light, feathery strokes of color in an upward motion, tapering the shape as you come to the endpoint.
Gently blend and soften with an eyebrow brush or the brush end of the pencil.
If you need guidance, a Look Good Feel Better group will be happy to teach you firsthand.
If you feel more comfortable with a clearly defined guide, you may opt for eyebrow stencils. Choose the shape that best resembles your eyebrows and fill in with the same light, feathery, upward stokes as above. Avoid the peel-and-stick type of stencils – their glue may interfere with your treatment.