Tips for looking more professional - page 3

Looking for tips and advice for students getting ready for the real world (and really all nurses) looking to change their look to something more appropriate to the workforce. I am thinking I... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from traumaRUs
    I went to a Macy's store one day to look at purses. I'm certainly not wealthy but if I'm looking at it I can afford it. I had on sweats and flip flops that day too. So...I politely ask the clerk if I can look at a purse and she asks if I have a way to pay for it! I was pretty upset but held my temper and walked out.

    However, I do not, ever, ever, ever leave my house without a bra and real clothes!!!!
    I would be telling them why they would not get my business nor would I have a nice thing to say about them to my friends. THAT is HORRIBLE. I have never encountered this at our Macy's but if I did, that would be my last time there, too!
  2. by   Megsd
    Where's a good place to go for makeup advice? For whatever reason I never got any passed down through my family and am utterly clueless, so I seldom wear any (and luckily most people say I don't "need' any). But I think a little bit might boost my confidence when all dressed up. Is it acceptable practice to walk up to a makeup counter at the mall and ask for advice on what looks good?
  3. by   GingerSue
    Quote from Megsd
    Where's a good place to go for makeup advice? For whatever reason I never got any passed down through my family and am utterly clueless, so I seldom wear any (and luckily most people say I don't "need' any). But I think a little bit might boost my confidence when all dressed up. Is it acceptable practice to walk up to a makeup counter at the mall and ask for advice on what looks good?
    depends on how much you trust the sales person!

    (could contact an Avon representative, they usually have colour charts, lots of samples, and you can always return any item if you don't like it for a complete refund)
  4. by   justme1972
    I actually dress up for class....EVERY day...unless I'm sick. I'm talking business casual-type clothing. I starting doing it out of necessity, I had worked in the business world for so long that was the only clothes I had...I didn't have any casual clothing.

    What I learned, is my professors, classmates, treated me much differently because of it. The other day, one of the younger students said, "You always look so polished, you really seem to have it together."

    If she only knew that my house is always a disaster, meals barely make it to the table...taking care of 2 kids while my husband is away and trying to go to school full-time with a part-time job....but the PERCEPTION...is because my DRESS was together....so was I.
  5. by   llg
    Quote from Megsd
    Where's a good place to go for makeup advice? For whatever reason I never got any passed down through my family and am utterly clueless, so I seldom wear any (and luckily most people say I don't "need' any). But I think a little bit might boost my confidence when all dressed up. Is it acceptable practice to walk up to a makeup counter at the mall and ask for advice on what looks good?
    Yes. The salespeople should help you pick out things that work well with your skin tone etc. That's what they are there for.

    However, keep in mind that most of those women wear too much make-up for the health care environment. Their standard of what is a "normal amount" would be considered "way too much" for most people on the average day. Also remember that it is their job to sell you as many products as they can.

    So ... take whatever they say and divide it by 2 (or 3). Tone it down and just try a minimal amount of what they recommend. You can always add a little more if you need to: it's a lot harder to take it off or "un-do" what you've done. Also, you don't need to buy a million products to look properly put-together. Just try 1 or 2 little things lightly ... get used to that ... then try a little more if needed.
  6. by   GingerSue
    Quote from KellieNurse06
    I was going to say cut your hair but just saw the post that you did !!! yay! Nothing looks more tackier ( to me anyway) than when you see an older woman with long hair unless she looks really young & styles it nice and can carry it off. I mean come on...chop that stuff off!!! You get to a point in your age when it's inappropriate looking. My dad's girlfriend is 60 & has long long hair ( like almost to her waist) & keeps it in a ponytail ..plus it's all gray...it looks absolutley horrible...I mean come on!!!! lol! I sound like a prude lol!!! But seriously.......I agree with the better you dress & groom, the better others treat you...it's absolutely true I think as well. You are lucky that you look really young by the sounds of it......I get mistaken tons of times for being very young also...... when people hear I have a 17 year old that don't know me,they look at me in disbelief......it's a hoot seeing their expression

    I have to laugh - I'm one of those "older" people with long hair (but people usually mistake me for many years younger than I am, to the point where some say they doubt my years of working - I have to laugh about them)

    Much of my hair is turning white. It has taken me years to get it to this length. And I was recently thinking how I hate short hair, and I will never agree to have my hair cut short again. This way I can make it into a long braid, or wear it up, etc and I prefer these. What is this with "chopping off" - I guess it depends on the person's hair and how they care for it.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am not cutting my hair, either. Long, (about 2 inches from my waist), curly and red, I put it up at work. (think Melina Kanakaredes, except for red, not dark brown). I don't look unprofessional cause I have long hair and it will stay long until I can no longer care for it or I get tired of it.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 1, '07
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    You could go to a high-end salon for make up tips. Tell the specialist how you want to look (professional) and you want it to compliment your natural features, not cover them up. And no, that would not be those counters at Macys or Dillards. They wear WAY too much and as pointed out, they are there to sell you as much product as they can.
  9. by   psalm
    I have gone on interviews wearing outfits I got from Goodwill. My favorite was a 2 piece skirt and overblouse off the 99 cent rack. Got the job!

    You can find lots at rummage sales that are appropriate for classes. Dockers and long-sleeved blouses or shells with a blazer or sweater are usually a couple of dollars each. Some stuff still has the store tags still on!

    Good luck and have fun.
  10. by   charlies
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Name badge prominently displayed (with name/picture actually VISIBLE) please---backward and on your beltline just looks unprofessional and can't be read by anyone!
    Look, I am sure many of you recognize me as a curmudgeon-at-large around here. But for once, I have a real question....

    How do you keep your freaking badge facing the right way?

    No matter what, it never fails, the back of my badge is facing forward. Why is this the natural position?
  11. by   kukukajoo
    Piece of tape on the back of the badge will do the trick....

    I too didn't get the makeup gene or learn from family- my mom wore lipstick and that was it. I remember a freinds mom telling me the point of makeup was not to be able to see it,or have it stand out, but to have it be subtle and accent your features. This lecture of course came after we had plastered our cheeks with half ton of bright pink blush!! But I got the point, and try to be subtle. Also I always check for the "ring" around my face at the hairline- you know- when you can see the underlying skin very distinctly there or at the chin? So always carry your makeup all the way to the hair and also down your chin and neck so it looks more natural. If you go dark on your eyes, go light on lips and vice versa. Only accentuate one of them at a time.

    I also went a friend who was a hairdresser and I recently got some great tips from a friend of a friend who just finished esthetician school. She showed me how to really make my eyes pop but of course it is not suitable for work.

    When i do wear makeup (which will be more than once a month now), I never wear eye shadow but I do use eyeliner. A little blush, then swipe the brush across the parts that would naturally hit the sun- forehead, chin, tip of nose... Also works well with bronzer which I have also used as blush.

    I love that Ellen commercial when she asks the raccoon how her eyes look! That was THE look when I was in school and we all thought we were so darned hot, no wonder our parents shook their heads at us!!

    Some great ideas and tips here thanks everyone!
  12. by   justme1972
    MAC has a great product that is a "skin glow" product that comes in shades of peach, pink, and other tones.

    It's in a compact, and I take a very large powder brush when I am totally done with my make-up, and use it to highlight my forehead, chin and cheeks.

    I my dirty make-up secret is I have always had dark circles under my eyes ...and I always keep a light, vanilla eye shadow that I apply with my finger under my eyes, and in the corners of my eye and down the center of my nose...it makes my nose thinner, and brightens my eyes up without having a "reverse" racoon effect.
  13. by   charlies
    Quote from kukukajoo
    That was THE look when I was in school and we all thought we were so darned hot
    I still think it is hot. Please don't forget the 80's. Many of us grew up then. In my opinion, people have pretty much forgotten, or just don't care to know, how to use make-up. Less is not more. More is more.

    hi.
    Last edit by charlies on Apr 1, '07 : Reason: editing is fun

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