Supporting Women with Cancer - The Daily Mail, London, UK

I PREFER THIS TO HOLLYWOOD

"EDEN ORFANOS SHORO, 48, is a Harley Street art psychotherapist who volunteers with the charity lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk, which gives makeovers and make-up tips to female cancer patients. She says:

When women come to our workshops, they’re often very low and don’t know what to expect. Two hours in, we’re all having a giggle.

They walk out with a smile on their face; that, for me, is wonderful.

I worked in Hollywood as a make-up artist and designer for many years. I worked for Ridley Scott’s production company. But I got to a point where I wondered what I was doing with my life. I wanted to be a better person.

When I found Look Good Feel Better, it sounded perfect for me — it combined make-up and charity and I’ve done it for four years. I’m a regional co-ordinator and I do one monthly session at Maggie’s Centre at Charing Cross Hospital, West London, and another with Macmillan at The University College Hospital.

We don’t go onto the wards. We want our sessions to be less clinical. Women come to us at all stages of the disease — some have literally just found out and others are way into their treatment and struggling with no hair, eyebrows or lashes.

It’s a lot for them to face, but we give them a space to talk to other women going through similar experiences and say things that maybe they can’t say to their partners or children. The make-up is all donated by top brands. We teach the women the basics, and have fun experimenting.

They can look at themselves in the mirror, with their war paint on, and face the world."

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