Self-esteem is important to all women, it just happens to be in sharper focus for those who have cancer. That’s the reason Look Good Feel Better exists. We have been helping to combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment for 20 years through free confidence-boosting skincare and make-up Workshops and Masterclasses across the UK.
Beauty isn’t just beauty it’s #Warpaint4life
The #Warpaint4Life campaign celebrates the power of beauty for all women everywhere. To feel confident, in control and empowered in life is every woman’s right and Look Good Feel Better exists to make sure that cancer doesn’t get to take that away.
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Our LGFB #WARPAINT4LIFE Stories
I want people to see me as Suzanne, not cancer. I’m not cancer I want to go out into the street and blend in. Make-up is my warpaint, it sets me up for the day and allows me to be Suzanne.
I don’t want to be seen as a victim, if you go out looking unwell people look at you differently and I don’t want that. I’m 34, I still want to look like a 34 year old and not someone who’s had that all taken away from them.
Makeup is like a coat of armour, we’re painting it on to be normal, but you’ve got even more of a battle, every day is more of a battle, so that little bit of armour is even more essential and more crucial to your daily activity.
I had long ‘locks’, eyebrows and eyelashes and I lost all of that along with an element of confidence so it then becomes about how people perceive you. You stand out more if you don’t have eyebrows, you’re constantly sweating and you’ve got no hair, sometimes all I want is to look ‘normal’. Why should I have to look like I’ve got cancer? Why shouldn’t I look good and get out there?
It’s more than just putting on your makeup, you’re putting on your persona and you’re fighting back. It’s very difficult to explain to someone who hasn’t been through it, but you do need a little bit more to just feel‘ordinary’.
Before I was diagnosed I didn’t wear a lot of makeup, but my lipstick was my power, my warpaint. If I was going to a meeting or if I wanted to cheer myself up, I’d put on a bright red lipstick. Now, post-cancer, eyebrows have become part of my warpaint4life.
I decided not to go to university last year as I didn’t want to be the girl with no hair, I wanted to be Ellie.All I want is to be as normal as possible, that’s the main thing, to be normal and the same as everyone else.
Playing around with make-up and trying to appreciate my face – which is all I’ve been left with – makes everything seem a lot easier. Sometimes when I’m sitting at home and feeling unwell, I play around and experiment with my makeup and that makes me feel good, it gives me a real lift.
The Creative Team
Bringing the campaign to life were the shoot team who came together, donating their exceptional skills, time and warmth, free of charge one Saturday; Photographer - Josh van Gelder, Producer - Andrea Blood, Make-up Artist - Caroline Barnes and assistant Charleen McGreene, Stylist - Pip Edwards and assistant Kate Adams , Hair - Bjorn Krischker, Lighting – Chris Fairchild, 123 Lighting and ‘Behind the Scenes’ Film - Lucy Blakstad.