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Color Primer to reduce a Sallow Skin Appearance?



Sallow skin is a common side effect of chemotherapy. The treatment can drain your face…and your spirits. Fortunately, there are simple ways to help with makeup.

We checked in with two celebrity makeup artists who have gone through cancer treatment and know the toll chemotherapy takes on the skin. Ramy Gafni is owner of Ramy Beauty and author of Ramy Gafni’s Beauty Therapy: The Ultimate Guide to Looking and Feeling Great While Living with Cancer. Tim Quinn is a internationally known makeup artist working with numerous celebrities and fashion designers. He is also U.S. front man of Giorgio Armani Beauty. Here are tips and go-to products from these handsome cancer survivors!

Ramy Gafni:

Primer is best used to create a smoother surface so that makeup goes on more evenly and lasts longer. That said, a primer like my Elixir Skin Conditioning Primer has a healthy dose of pure cucumber oil, which helps sooth irritation and redness.

Then apply a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream. They are sheer, so they are lightweight but they can counteract sallow coloring. You could try RAMY Sleep in Beauty tinted moisture cream, for example. Add a pale pink blush (mauve for olive skin, plum for dark skin tones) onto cheeks and over eye lids to further brighten while counteracting sallowness.

Tim Quinn:

A primer that has blue and pink pearlite like Giorgio Armani Beauty Master Primer helps to blur imperfections as well as brighten sallow skin tones.

Finally, a tip from Surviving Beautifully’s Victoria: “An all-over brightener like Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer can really help: it has reflecting particles which add luminosity and glow, even when I feel really down.”


Learn more about RAMY and Giorgio Armani Beauty products here:

RAMY Elixir Skin Conditioning Primer
RAMY Sleep in Beauty
RAMYAlive! Powder Blush (for fair tones)
RAMY B.Slapped! Powder Blush (for darker skin tones)
Giorgio Armani Beauty Fluid Master Primer
Giorgio Armani Beauty Fluid Sheer


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