Whether you have always, occasionally, or only rarely worn makeup, you will find that it can really help you look good and feel better during treatment.

An assortment of products, colours, and techniques are available to help meet your temporary special needs, which may include skin discolouration (especially redness or yellow undertones); dark circles under the eyes; weight gain or loss; hyper-pigmentation (dark spotting on light complexions, the reverse on dark complexions), and even the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes.

Concealer and Corrector

Use a cream or stick concealer to cover dark circles under the eyes, blemishes or skin colour changes. Use your finger tips to lightly press the concealer into your skin. You might find that your skin tone changes during treatment. A colour corrector is a useful tool to help balance the changes to your skin, for example a green colour corrector can be used sparingly to reduce redness; while a purple colour corrector can be used to camouflage sallowness. Speak with a beauty advisor about what colours and products you should be using.

Foundation

Foundation acts as a useful tool in providing a base for colour application and helps even your complexion. Apply a small amount of foundation to the back of your hand and use it to apply down the centre of your T-zone, then move the product out towards your hairline and jawline, this will give you an even coverage for a beautiful day look. You can apply this using your fingertips, a foundation brush or sponge.

 

Make-up Techniques

Cosmetics can work wonders for you, creating a healthy, stylish appearance that will soon have you feeling confident. Make-up begins to work its magic when you use it to enhance your features, camouflage temporary concerns and brighten your overall appearance.

Powder

To set the foundation and create a lasting fresh-faced look, press the powder lightly all over your face. Finely textured powder in a sheer, translucent shade is always the best look when trying to achieve a natural finish.

 

Eye Shadow

You can brighten the look of your eyes by using complementary eye shadow colours. Apply the lightest shade in your compact over the entire eyelid. Apply a deeper or contouring shade in the crease to emphasise the natural eye shape and blend well to soften the effect.

 

Eyeliner

Use a pencil or liquid eyeliner to define your lash line and create the illusion of eyelashes that might have been lost through treatment. Draw a thin line using short, soft strokes on your upper lid and again from the centre of the lower lid outwards. You can soften the look by lightly going over the line with a cotton bud. If you are using a pencil, start by rolling it on the back of your hand to warm and soften it before applying.


Eyebrows

Treatment can cause your eyebrows to thin or fall out. To map your brows, identify three key areas using a powder or wax with a brush, or an eyebrow pencil:

1. To start, hold the pencil straight up against the dimple of your nose, parallel to the inside corner of your eye. This is where your eyebrow should begin. Draw a small dot to mark the spot.

2. To find your arch, place your pencil on the outer portion of your nose, across the centre of the iris and mark it with another small dot.

3. To define the end of your brow, place the pencil diagonally from the bottom corner of your nose past the outside corner of your eye and draw your final dot.

Now that you have three dots marking your basic eyebrow shape, use short, light and feathery strokes to connect them. Make the brow fuller on the inside corner and thinner as it moves out. You can soften the look of your brow by running a spoolie brush or a cotton bud lightly through it. Be sure to only use brow-specific products as other tools like eyeliners are too harsh.

Click here to see a step-by-step tutorial on how to map your brows.

 

Mascara

Mascara can restore a thicker, lush look to thinning lashes – they might be light and hardly visible but mascara will colour and define the hair that it touches. Brush the tip of the mascara wand lightly across the lower lashes, then use the whole brush to apply colour onto the upper lashes. To avoid introducing bacteria into your mascara, gently twist the wand inside the container, instead of pumping air into the tube and remember to replace your mascara every three months.

 

Blush

Blush is one of the best ways to achieve a vibrant, healthy look. Smile when looking at the mirror to identify the apples of your cheeks – where you will need to apply the product. Relax your facial muscles and fluff powder blush over the apple of your cheeks and out towards the hairline.

 

Lipstick

Lip colour brightens and creates balance between the eyes and lower face. Choose a creamy, moisturising lipstick from the same colour family as your blush. Blot the first coat with tissue then reapply for a rich and longer lasting colour. You can also use a lip liner to trace the outer line of your lips to prevent your lipstick from bleeding.