Beauty Tips from a Breast Cancer Survivor

If you, a friend, or a family member has ever gone through cancer treatments, you can certainly attest to the fact that one of the hardest parts of the ordeal is getting used to looking at yourself in the mirror. Everything changes: your complexion, your hair, your nails, your eyelashes and eyebrows. Often, you look sicker than you actually feel. It becomes an entirely new battle, but with some practice, it's an easy one to overcome. Breast cancer survivor Alyssa Vingan learned some morale-boosting beauty tips over her year of chemotherapy, and here she'll teach you how to look—and, in turn, feel—your best while fighting cancer.


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    Brighten up your eyes.

    A friend of mine sent me some YSL Touche Eclat right before I started my treatments, and I had no idea how big of a staple it would become in my beauty routine. After the sleepless nights and unrelenting feeling of ickiness the chemo caused, to say I looked tired would be the understatement of the century. Using this brightening concealer under my eyes, then working my way into the corners and the innermost part of my lids (anywhere there appears to be a dark shadow) made a world of difference—I immediately looked much more like myself. Trust me: this stuff is worth every penny.

    YSL Touche Eclat, $40, at Nordstrom.

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