Last week, I had an amazing experience working with a wonderful charity “Look Good Feel Better”. Set up in 1993, the charity helps support women going through cancer treatment and provide practical support for women struggling with the side-effects. They provide free masterclasses, teaching women about skincare & makeup techniques. As cancer treatment can be so cruel on a women’s appearance, it is a great way to give the women a bit of a self-esteem boost when they are facing such tough times in their lives. It also allows them to have a chat with women going through the same thing and learn a few new tricks at the same time.
The charity is supported by many different beauty companies and receive wonderful, donated products to provide the masterclass attendees. As treatments can make skin extra senstive, the products are all carefully chosen and collated. Each women is provided with a gift bag of 15 products. The group I attended received lovely items from Chanel, Rimmel, Clinque and many more. All of the ladies could take the products home at the end of the session, which they were all very excited about!
The masterclass is set up with the emphasis of learning new skills and making the ladies feel better about their appearance, boosting confidence. Problems such as hair loss can be common, so learning how to define eyebrows that have been lost, can really help women feel more like they did before their
treatment. Volunteer beauty advisers host the sessions, demonstrating step-by-step techniques and then the ladies try each step themselves. It is all very relaxed and a really good fun, with lots of laughter going round!
Personally, I found the masterclass a real joy to be involved with and I’m looking forward to helping at many more sessions. Sometimes, the world of fashion & beauty can be a superficial place but just by sharing my skills & knowing that it has really made a difference in how someone feels about themselves is a real honour. I would fully recommend any makeup artist to get involved with this wonderful charity. It only takes a couple of hours out of your day and all they ask for is the skills you already have!
LGFB run masterclasses in over 70 hospitals & cancer centres throughout the UK and are always looking for helpers. Visit www.lgfb.co.uk for more infomation.