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healthy glow during chemo

Achieving a “Healthy Glow” during Chemotherapy

Prescribed treatments, such as chemotherapy or hormonotherapy, can temporarily alter your complexion.

Continue applying makeup to brighten up your features and to achieve a “healthy glow”.

Your Symptoms

The most common skin side effects following chemotherapy are small spots and dryness. These symptoms start showing right after the first session of chemotherapy and are very uncomfortable for patients.

To make this outbreak as bearable as possible, there are a few so-called “corrective” makeup techniques for women, and of course for men, that are more discreet. These techniques include hiding any fatigue and reducing redness, decolouration and spots, to give you back your smile and help you get through this difficult time.

Important Things to Keep in Mind

Wash Your Face

Before applying a new layer of makeup, remember to remove any traces of old makeup and impurities with a gentle cleanser

Nourish and Hydrate

Apply your adapted face moisturiser as a base for your makeup. Before putting on your foundation, use a concealer to camouflage any marks, redness or visible spots on your face. Make sure to apply sparingly and only to the areas that need concealing, use your fingertips by lightly tapping or a makeup brush.

Green concealers hide any redness or spots, whereas yellow concealers allow you to disguise any shadows under your eyes or bluish marks.


Choosing the correct shade of your foundation is vital to having a natural finish! Opt for a colour that is as close as possible to your complexion, even a little bit lighter is better, by comparing the colour with the visible area on your neck or the inside of your forearm.

Dot some foundation on your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks with your fingertips. To avoid a mask-like finish, blend your foundation by gently tapping with your fingertips or using a makeup brush. You can mix your foundation with your daily face moisturiser to make it more liquid. Remember to blend correctly around your hairline and your jawline to avoid any demarcation.

To finish unifying, you can apply a skin-coloured concealer by gently tapping with your fingertips to hide any remaining imperfections.


For the final touch, use translucent powder for a soft, matte finish. You can remove any excess powder from your brush by tapping it on your hand before applying it all over your face.

For a “Healthy Glow” Effect

By adding a light touch of blush to shape your face, you are making it brighter and more luminous, while covering up any eventual weight loss. Choose your blush by taking into account your skin colour, for example, light pink for lighter skin and  peach colours for darker skin. You can check the colour on your forearm, and remember to avoid any dark colours that can give you a heavy-makeup look that is not very natural.

Gently put some blush on your brush and shake off any excess powder by tapping it against your hand or the lid. Apply from your temple working towards your cheek; stay on the apple of your cheek and stop before your smile lines, place a finger on your smile line to show where you should stop. To correctly check where you should be applying the blush on your cheeks, look in the mirror and give a big smile.

Additional Tips

  • Use products that are hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic (do not clog pores).
  • Compact powders are practical for any retouches, keep it at the bottom of your handbag!
  • Remember to wash your makeup brushes regularly using a gentle shampoo and lay them flat to dry before reusing them to avoid any risk of bacteria.

Watch the full tutorial with english subtitles on our Youtube channel  ! 

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