Ever thought make-up could help cancer patients?

A little confidence can go a long way this Breast Cancer Awareness month

By Charlotte Brouwer, 10 October 2016
Ever thought make-up could help cancer patients?

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (this October), we’re sharing this heart-warming story of how one woman is helping to give cancer victims their confidence back.

As superficial as some people say makeup is, that tiny little thing can just lift their spirits

For many cancer patients it’s exhausting, demoralising and depressing enough to have to go through all the harsh cancer treatments, but many also lose their confidence as a result of the changes the treatments make to their physical appearance. One make-up artist, Laura Hunt, is giving some of these women their confidence back – through the power of make-up.

Laura spends her days at fashion shows making sure models are shimmering and glamorous for the catwalk. However, in her spare time, the 34-year-old doesn't pack up her tools – instead she gives makeovers and workshops to women going through cancer treatments and gives them tips on tackling the effects of chemotherapy treatment.

‘A lot of ladies say “I don’t feel like putting make-up on today, what’s the point? I’ve got no eyelashes, I look awful”. And, as superficial as some people say make-up is, that tiny little thing can just lift their spirits’, Laura explains.

One of Laura’s clients, Bianca, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma 5 months ago, said that the first questions she asked her consultant after being diagnosed with cancer were “Am I going to lose my hair? Am I going to change physically?” Worries we can understand all too well.

‘To me that was the most important thing’, Bianca explains. ‘I had my dad and my boyfriend sat with me, going “well who cares about that? You getting better is the most important thing”. And as much as it is, I found that to get better you have to feel good about yourself.’

‘Certainly being a make-up artist people assume that you’re quite superficial, they don’t think that you’ve particularly got much intelligence’, Laura adds. ‘I think we live in quite a selfish society, many members of my family have had cancer, and a lot of people don’t really think about helping others. I’m not saving anybody’s life by any means, and I’m certainly not giving them a cure, but if I’m just making them feel a bit better about themselves, even if it’s just for that afternoon, then that can only be a good thing.’ 

Watch the full BBC video below: