The Estee Lauder lipstick in daring raspberry made Gloria Jarrell hesitate.
“Oh, bold ain’t the word for it,” she stated in the hospital salon.
“Come on,” her sister urged. “Try something different.”
Jarrell, 59, had just lately begun weekly chemotherapy periods. Her hair was nonetheless full and auburn. The North Baltimore lady got here to the Look Good Feel Better makeup seminar final week for methods to masks the eventual toll chemotherapy would take.
Cancer remedies may cause splotchy pores and skin, saggy eyes, and the hair in brows and lashes to fall out. Skillful software of concealer, basis and eyeliner, nevertheless, can disguise these uncomfortable side effects.
“It makes them feel that they can face the world again without it being, ‘Oh, my gosh. She has cancer,'” stated Debbi Basile, a cosmetologist who runs free seminars at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson.
An American Cancer Society program, the seminars supply makeup classes, hats and scarves, and wonder recommendation for women enduring chemotherapy. Free Look Good Feel Better seminars are held at hospitals round the nation and twice a month at GBMC. Women should solely be present process chemotherapy to attend.
“Sometimes you get ho-hum and blah,” Jarrell stated. “Anybody who wants me to look better and feel better — I’m in for that.”
The program started almost 30 years in the past and has grown to serve 50,000 women a yr, based on its web site. Cosmetologists volunteer to run the periods and cosmetics corporations donate present luggage with makeup and brushes. Some 15,000 periods are held annually. (Those concerned with the program can name 1-800-227-2345 to discover a session close by.)
Basile owns SASS Salon close to Towson and teaches women how one can conceal splotches with basis. She demonstrates how feathered eyeliner can create the phantasm of lashes.
“Little tips like that, which most people don’t know, really help,” she stated.
Cancer patients round the nation might have attended seminars earlier than their vacation events and household visits. But Jarrell and her sister got here Thursday for distraction. Their center sister just lately died of an unintentional drug overdose, stated Beverly Lam, 65, the eldest sister.
“It takes us away from the sadness for a little while,” Lam stated.
They went three days earlier than Christmas and Laura Schein, a group outreach coordinator at GBMC, was standing in for the cosmetologist. Jarrell sat earlier than a mirror in the hospital salon — often periods are held in a convention room — whereas Schein went over the equipment in a free makeup bag: cleansers, moisturizers, brushes, an eyebrow pencil referred to as “brow power.”
“That’s a new one for me,” Jarrell stated.
Doctors discovered a spot in her lung final yr whereas she was having a hip changed. She was recognized with cancer at the finish of the summer time. Then surgical procedure was in October, and chemotherapy began this month.
Jarrell advised herself she would endure chemotherapy alone.
“If you wouldn’t let me in, I’d have sat outside,” Lam stated. “I lost one sister, I’m not losing another.”
Lam was the sister involved in garments and makeup — the “preppy one,” Jarrell says. The sisters grew up working at the household bar in Dundalk, Phil’s Bar and Lounge, which closed years in the past. When Lam started working there, her mom stood up and warned the male patrons to maintain their palms to themselves.
There was no such warning for Jarrell. She might deal with herself. After all, she was the sister who befriended the guard canine at the cemetery close to their residence. And she wasn’t one for daring lipsticks.
“You never know,” Lam urged.
Schein taught Jarrell to all the time brush makeup up as a result of it raises the face. She taught her how one can accent the cheek bones. And she confirmed Jarrell easy methods to form penciled eyebrows.
Afterward, Jarrell thought-about herself in the mirror. She does not often spend such time on herself.
“I need to start wearing makeup again,” she stated.
Then she left together with her sister, the raspberry lipstick faint on her lips.