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"I would just blend it a little more around here."

Breast cancer patient Cecelia Brooks is getting a makeover.

It's part of the free, national 'Look Good Feel Better Program.' Trained makeup artists show patients how to care for changes in their skin and hair from cancer treatment.

"They learn how to apply eyebrows because they may have lost them due to chemotherapy. They learn how to make eyelashes where there are no eyelashes," says Beverly Brevard, American Cancer Society. 

Doctors say anything that helps a patient feel good can benefit her overall health. "Even if it helps them to come and keep their appointments and stay on target with their treatments and taking the medicines, anything that can help with that will definitely improve their outcome," says Dr. Lillian Pliner, University Hospital. 

The donated makeup kits contain about $300 worth of high-end cosmetics. They come in four different skin tones. Cecelia especially appreciates the moisturizer. "That's gonna help me with the moisture of my skin 'cause it's very dry my skin now due to the radiation. It's very dry." 

And she says she's leaving not just with new makeup, but with support from new friends. "I'm gonna really be swaggering. I feel really good. I feel really good."

The Look Good Feel Better program is offered through the American Cancer Society, The Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association. The program does not offer wigs, but it does provide guidance on how to care for and wear wigs and scarves.

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