Make-up artist teaches patients how to look good and feel better
Arati Moses is beautiful at any angle. On this particular day, she's more striking than usual.
Moses has just gotten her makeup done by professional makeup artist Lori Ovitz, as part of the annual Survivors Week celebration at MD Anderson.
Through Ovitz, patients and caregivers learn step-by-step tips and techniques for managing concerns with their appearance during or after cancer treatment.
She's known in the cancer community for having mastered the art of false eyebrows. She can draw in eyebrows that look so real, you'd need a magnifying glass to tell the difference.
And the best part about her sessions is that she wants patients to become a makeup masters, too.
Facing the mirror
Ovitz has been a makeup artist for more than 20 years. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications, television commercials and newscasts, and videos.
She began perfecting the art of makeup in 1998 for people undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer-related treatments.
"Once I saw the difference it made, I couldn't stop," Ovitz says. "Patients would run down the hall, crying tears of joy, to show their nurse how beautiful they looked with a little bit of my help. It changed my life and my career." For the past 14 years, Ovitz has applied makeup in private sessions without charge for patients at the University of Chicago Hospitals.
From the many cancer patients that Ovitz has met, she's learned more than just makeup solutions. She's discovered the enormous energy that looking good gives to a person with cancer.