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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October 4, 2012 4:00 PM
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Make your lashes look thicker with well-placed eyeliner.

One of the things that can make you look the sickest—in my opinion—while going through cancer treatment is the absence of eyelashes. The difference this lack of definition around the eyes can make is pretty jarring, but luckily there are plenty of ways to fake fuller-looking lashes. I used a fine eyeliner brush and a dark gel liner to coat the inner rim of my upper lash line, which creates the illusion of lush lashes. Make sure to fill in the gaps between the lashes that you do have very well!

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, $22, at Sephora.