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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    Lost all of your lashes? Fake 'em!

    This definitely isn't a tip for every day, but if you have a special occasion on the books that coincides with your treatments—I had to attend a black-tie wedding during mine—false eyelashes are a lifesaver. They'll liven up your look in an instant, and with a bit of practice, they're easy to apply. I used strips as opposed to individuals, being very careful not to get glue on the precious few lashes that I had left. Pulling those out would've felt like a tragedy! Another tip to help you hang on to your lashes: avoid using waterproof mascara.

    Strip False Eye Lashes, $8, at Sephora.

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