The Living Tree would like to invite women, with any form of cancer, from West Dorset and the surrounding area, to come to the Quaker Meeting House on South St, Bridport, at 10.30am on Saturday 24th May 2014 for a free two-hour Masterclass in make-up and beauty skills.Look Good Feel Better Masterclass

As one of the founders of The Living Tree Cancer
Support Group in Bridport and with first-hand experience of the impact of the illness, Jo Millar has been instrumental in bringing the national charity Look Good Feel Better to Bridport. “Having cancer changes everything. During my treatment my hair fell out, my eyes seemed smaller and I felt I needed some professional beauty advice to help me look my best.”

The psychological and therapeutic benefits of wearing make-up are well documented and Jo reflects on her own experience. “There are many visible signs of cancer treatment, like losing your eyelashes, and I picked up lots of hints and tips on how to define my eyebrows and which colours suited me. Above all, the class was relaxed and great fun – a much needed bit of me-time away from hospital and clinics!”

The first Masterclass was held in Bridport in January and Jenny Graham went along. “I had almost stopped looking in mirrors since losing all my hair during chemo, so it felt quite a challenge to undertake a Masterclass. We were taken through the process of cleansing and making up in a clear and supportive way and it felt good to see the transformation. Everyone enjoyed the class and had a lot of fun. I felt I should have planned an evening out afterwards to show off my new self!”

Renee Aplin found the experience really interesting and says: “Even if you haven’t had cancer you’d find this useful but as someone who has it was great! I learnt how to use colour and I got my eyebrows back.”

The two-hour Masterclass will be led by trained, volunteer beauty professionals and beneficiaries are taken through a specially designed 10-step skincare and make-up regime. The aim is to help the wellbeing and confidence of people undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer, improving their self-image and appearance whilst meeting other people in a similar situation.

Places are limited and booking is essential.

There is also a call for local beauticians to help with this event. Requirements are a minimum of one year’s experience in cosmetics or beauty therapy, and proficiency in the art of make-up application and skin care. Beauticians please call Look Good Feeling Better to hear about training and how to become a volunteer. For more information, contact: Tel: 01372 747500.

Cancer support charity Look Good Feel Better has launched their Masterclasses to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. The new initiative will provide practical support to 3,000 women and teenagers suffering from the visible side effects of cancer treatment. The new Masterclasses will enable the charity to reach an additional 3,000 women cancer patients in 2014.

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is the Beauty and Fragrance Industry’s flagship charity, formed 20 years ago specifically to help women and teenagers combat the visible side-effects of their cancer treatment.

The LGFB service provides women cancer patients with vitally needed advice and support in a lively and fun atmosphere. Losing hair can be tough enough to cope with but the loss of eyelashes and eyebrows and the skin related issues faced during treatment can prove debilitating. LGFB helps many thousands of women to look and feel more like their ‘normal’ selves. Workshops and Masterclasses are hosted by volunteer beauty consultants and women leave the two hour sessions smiling, uplifted, with new skills and a fresh feeling of confidence.