By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — More than two dozen women got makeovers today in an unusual place: Fox Chase Cancer Center.

The idea germinated in May, says hospital spokeswoman Lisa Bailey.

“The Lancôme counter at Bloomingdale’s in Willow Grove had Manuel Villegas, their national make-up artist, in for the day, and they had a few openings and called us and said, ‘Would you like to bring some patients?’ ”

Six Fox Chase cancer patients got the star treatment then, and it was such a hit that Villegas was back with some assistants to do 28 this time, with one aim: “Make these ladies understand that they’re beautiful, no matter what, no matter what stage of their life,” he says.

Dierdre Duffy looked smashing as she emerged with a new outlook.

“It was pleasant to come here for this kind of event and not be coming for chemo, for instance, or a CAT scan,” she said with a smile.

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