Skincare & Cosmetics

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Connect with other women while learning how to manage the appearance-related impact of cancer. The in-person workshop is 2-hours and covers skincare, cosmetics, wigs and hair alternatives. Find the workshop nearest you using our workshop finder.

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A healthy skin care regimen is necessary when undergoing cancer treatment. With the right products and a soft touch, the following techniques will make it easier to care for your skin.

Removes makeup, impurities, dry flaky skin and helps stimulate circulation resulting in skin that is clean and feels pampered.


  • Remove eye makeup with a non- irritating, non-oily eye makeup remover and a cotton pad.
  • Hold the pad on the eyelid for a few seconds and then wipe downwards over the lashes, gently moving the pad from the inner corner of the eye towards the outer corner.
  • Use a fresh cotton pad for each eye.

The same eye makeup remover can be used to gently wipe the lips until all colour has been removed.


  • Apply dots of cleanser (either a lotion or cream) to your forehead, nose, chin, cheeks and throat.
  • With clean fingertips, gently massage in small outward circles to help stimulate circulation; on the neck, use an upward motion.
  • Gently tissue off the cleanser or rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Removes any lingering traces of cleanser or makeup and prepares the skin for moisturizer while restoring the skin’s pH balance. Using a cotton pad and a gentle downward motion, apply a non- stimulating, alcohol-free toner being careful to avoid the eyes and mouth.

Helps your skin maintain its optimum moisture balance and alliviates dryness


  • Using your ring finger (your weakest - and therefore gentlest), lightly tap eye cream on the orbital bone, above and below the eye; less is more.
  • Don’t go too close to the eye.


We had the privilege to be joined by Dr. Maxwell Sauder, Onco-Dermatologist, who shared his recommendations on caring for your skin and scalp during treatment and beyond. Learn more here.


Face Makeup

Now that we have a fresh, clean canvas, we can start adding definition and colour.

Diminishes the appearance of dark circles, covers broken capillaries, blemishes, facial redness, brightens the eye area, and helps eye shadow last longer.

  • Lightly apply with a clean ring finger, product applicator or disposable wedge sponge.
  • For eye lid discolouration, apply dots of concealer starting from the inner corner of the eye and gently blend the dots to the outer corner of the eye.
  • For dark under-eye circles, starting  at inner eye corner and working outward toward the iris, apply  dots of concealer under eye using a clean ring finger or a disposable wedge.


Evens out skin tone, gives a soft touch of colour, protects the skin from the environment and gives a more flawless appearance.

  1. Choose a shade of foundation to match the colour of skin at your jawline.
  2. Apply dots of foundation to your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks with clean fingers or a disposable cosmetic sponge.
  3. Blend outward and downward from the centre of your  face to the edge.
  4. Blend well at the hairline and the jawline.



Sets foundation, evens out skin tone, helps makeup last longer.

  • Apply a light application of translucent powder over face with a clean cotton ball.
  • Gently dust downward  and  outward to remove excess powder and smooth facial hair.



Some say that eyes are the ‘windows to the soul.’ It’s only fitting then that they play an integral role in our Signature Steps program.

Balances the eye and flatters all other facial features.

  1. Hold a brow pencil straight up against your nose, parallel to the inside corner of your eye. Draw a dot on the brow bone at this point. This is where your eyebrow should begin.
  2. Looking straight ahead, place the pencil parallel to the outside edge of the coloured part (the iris) of your eye.  lace a dot where the highest point of the brow line should be. This is the arch of the brow. Use the orbital bone as guide to finding the highest point.
  3. Place the pencil diagonally from the bottom corner of your nose past the outside corner of your eye and draw a dot.  his is the end of your brow. Be sure it’s not lower than the beginning of your brow, as this will create a down-  urned expression.
  4. Connect the dots into a brow line with light, feather-like strokes of colour, making the brow fuller on the inside corner and thinner as it moves out.


Brightens your look and helps define eyes.

  • Choose a neutral matte eyeshadow palette.
  • Sweep a light shade over the entire lid and up to the brow.
  • Apply a darker shade in a sideways v on the outer corner of the lid starting from the lash line and extending into the crease.
  • Apply a highlight shade under your brow if desired.
  • Blend well to soften the effect.



Works to recreate the look of lost lashes, define the lash line and create the illusion of full lashes.

  • Using a pencil eyeliner, draw small dots close to the root of the lashes on the eyelid.
  • Holding the eyeliner on a slant, starting from the inner corner of the eye, connect the dots at the very base of the lash line.
  • Using a cotton swab, gently blend; use a little of the darker eyeshadow over the eyeliner to soften the look and help it last longer.




Restores a lush look to thinning lashes and defines the eyes.

  • Apply first to the top side of the lashes and then to the underside.
  • Brush the mascara wand lightly across the lower lashes.
  • Mascara, more than any cosmetic, is prone to bacterial infection, so replace your mascara monthly.
  • Don’t wear false eyelashes as the glue can be very irritating to sensitive skin.

Remember: Don’t pump the wand in the tube as this may introduce bacteria.


Colour Accents

The addition of colour to your cheeks and lips helps to brighten and enhance your overall look; a perfect finishing touch.

Provides a vibrant healthy look.

  • Use only a small amount of blush; it’s easier to add colour than to remove it.
  • Smile! Add colour to the apple of your cheeks with a clean cotton ball.
  • Blend along the cheekbone in an upward motion toward the ear.
  • Use remaining blush on the forehead, chin and nose for a healthy glow.









Brightens your look, lifts your spirits and comforts dry lips.

  • Choose a creamy, moisturizing lip colour from the same colour family as your blush.
  • A light application of lip gloss will provide extra comfort to dry lips and adds the illusion of fullness.


  • If your lips are very dry, use a moisturizing lip balm at night.
  • Lip skin has very little protective pigment so use sun block product on your lips when outdoors.




Tips from Makeup Artists

We hope the steps outlined here will help you find ways to manage the appearance-related effects of cancer treatment.

These steps are not intended to replace medical care in any way. These steps are meant to support the advice from your healthcare team. You should always consult your healthcare practitioner with any questions or concerns.