Belfast Telegraph

Stylists add touch of glamour to brighten lives of 11 brave cancer patients

By David Young

Eleven young female teenage cancer patients have received hair, make-up and styling tips from some of the Northern Ireland's leading fashion professionals.

The event was organised by Style Academy modelling agency boss Tracey Hall.

She said it had been "the most rewarding day I've had in 25 years in the fashion business".

Tracey organised the event with community play specialists from the Children's Cancer Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital, and the Children's Cancer Unit charity.

Tracey said: "The girls were typical teenagers - some were into hair, others nails or make-up and many were interested in learning about skincare."

Tracey was helped by top stylists and make-up artists, including Rogue Hairdressing, leading make-up artist Paddy McGurgan, who writes a beauty column for the Belfast Telegraph's Weekend magazine, top stylist and designer Sara O'Neill, and Nikki Smith Nails.

"The girls - and their mums - loved it!" said Tracey. "In an industry which is often perceived as superficial, it was an absolute honour and privilege to work with the girls and see their faces light up when they looked in the mirror and to hear them gasp when they saw their before and after photos. It really got quite emotional. I'd do it again in a heartbeat."

Now, she's planning a fashion show - and another special event to give the boys a makeover too!

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