Do you wear makeup? - page 3

I have been wondering about this for some time now! lol Does anyone worry about hair/makeup while in school and at clinicals/on the job? It may sound silly for me to ask, but for me, knowing how... Read More

  1. by   Love-A-Nurse
    make-up daily, no, however, lipstick is a must.
  2. by   RNSuzq1
    Quote from Dixen81
    I wish I was one of those people who look great without makeup because I hate putting it on everyday. But I don't fix my hair; it's just below the shoulders and I usually pull it up. I've never been a "primper," but my twin sister wouldn't even consider walking out to the mailbox unless she looked perfect!
    Dixen, The remark about your twin sister cracked me up. When I was a teenager (1,000 years ago) we had a convenience store around the corner. When my poor old Mom would ask me to "run to the store" to get a gallon of milk or loaf of bread before dinner - I wouldn't go until my make-up and "Farrah Fawcett" hairdo were just perfect - a very lengthy process. She'd always say - for crying out loud, you're just going for milk - not to a Beauty Pageant..

    20 plus years later and the family still gives me a hard time about that (they don't forget anything) geez. I now have 3 kids, a very busy life and would probably go to the convenience store in my bathrobe if I had to - but will have some make-up on (not the piled on stuff, that's gross - just natural looking) - I feel naked without it... SusanNC
  3. by   moonbunnie
    i dont see any reason why nurses or students wouldnt be able to wear makeup, its not like you wash your face 1000 times a day like your hands, but i agree about the sweating. i work as a cna, and i sweat like crazy rushing around in the morning in the 80 degree nursing home, but i still never go anywhere without my foundation, since im self-conscious about my skin, and my eyeliner, because if i dont wear it i get asked all day if im tired...no, im not tired, just dont have enough makeup on. hehe
  4. by   S.N. Visit
    I plan to wear make-up through nursing school & beyond. ( I'm a fair skinned brunette it's an absolute must that I put some color to my face.) Thank goodness for the long lasting lip colors like cover girl or lipfinity & water proof mascara's . :hatparty:
  5. by   Gompers
    I don't feel comfortable without makeup on, so yes I do wear it to work. Used to use heavy foundation to cover up bad skin, but now that it's better I usually just use a tinted moisturizer, powder, a touch of blush, and waterproof mascara. I keep a packet of those oil-absorbing sheets and a small tube of tinted lip balm in my pocket all shift long for touch-ups. I just hate having a shiny face and pale lips - I feel it makes me look messy and tired. Plus I don't need a mirror to use those sheets and the lip balm is pretty sheer so I can blindly slick it on without worrying about clown mouth!
  6. by   fssmith
    I put on makeup everyday and I'm not about to stop because of nursing school. I put on concealer, lip liner and lipgloss everyday. It isn't much and can be retouched in between class and it is really simple. I keep face wipes(Dove) in my bag and I keep oil blotting papers in my purse. I have oilly skin so by mid morning I usually clean my face and reapply concealer. It takes me about 2 minutes to get my look together but hey a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. While I'm on the subject of grooming- I also carry baby wipes or antibacterial wipes and travel deoderant in my car and use those in the summer when it has been a long, hot, sticky day and I feel like I need a washup.

    TIP TO ALL FROM MY GRANDMOTHER- Always wear clean,matching under clothes.(I guess she says this in case you have an accident and you are the patient) :chuckle
  7. by   TweetiePieRN
    Quote from sagelola
    I wear makeup...foundation, powder, eyebrows (I color them in with a powder...but it doesn't look like a clown or anything :wink2: ), mascara, and lipstick. No one can even tell that I wear makeup, though, because I don't wear a lot of it by any means. And I am like MLOS...I don't tend to reapply lipstick after it wears off. Occassionally I will re-powder because my skin is shiny...but otherwise I don't tend to worry about it too much.

    I can say that I do NOT like to leave the house without at least my eyebrows (#1) and mascara. I am a redhead (albeit dark auburn), and my eyebrows just don't feel that full to me (although they are brown, not red, go figure).

    Anyway...yes I wear makeup, no I don't stress over it (or my hair for that matter.)
    Kinda scary cuz it sounds like you are describing myself to a T!!! Also redhead (dk auburn) with brown eyebrows that I HAVE to fill in everyday! I wear makeup, but only do touchups due to oily skin.
  8. by   CappucinoMama
    i am still in prereq phase - not in any clinical settings as yet, but even then, i would wear still some makeup just to look alive and have some color on my face..i do not like the tired look on me which is how i appear when i do not have any makeup applied to my face.
  9. by   mitchsmom
    Over the years I have worn less and less gradually. I still wear some light makeup every day but would just assume quit if I could make the leap I'm not sure if I could give up a little waterproof mascara and lip color though! I am naturally pale and have reddish hair but I'm in Florida and we go boating a lot, so I'm not too deathly pale right now. I have really long hair and all I ever do is brush it and put it back if needed. I seriously can't even remember the last time I had it cut!! Probably like a year ago. When some rich long lost relative dies and leaves me some money I'll go for a full spa day Then again, I have a 30 minute massage gift certificate from my birthday 3 years ago that I haven't been able to sneak away and use! LOL

    Also wanted to mention that I don't think well-groomed = makeup. I know a lot of people who don't wear makeup and look great and very clean cut and well-groomed.

    I start clinicals in the Fall & I'll have to leave my house at 4:30 am... we'll see if I'm up to primping then. I am not a morning person!
    Last edit by mitchsmom on Apr 9, '04
  10. by   PennyLane
    I wear eyeliner every day and if I'm feeling crazy may throw on a little mascara. But I can't stand the feeling of foundation on my skin and then feeling like I can't touch my face. It gives me the willies! I don't wear lipstick unless I'm going out for a night on the town. I hate leaving lipstick marks on everything I drink or getting it on isolation gowns or my clothes.
  11. by   RedSox33RN
    Quote from mitchsmom
    Also wanted to mention that I don't think well-groomed = makeup. I know a lot of people who don't wear makeup and look great and very clean cut and well-groomed.
    Thank you. I didn't want to say anything, but sometimes I feel it is an unintentional "dig" at people that don't wear make-up. I haven't for over 15 years, and look fine without it. I don't intend to wear any just because I want a "fresh face" for patients. I'm always neat and presentable, my hair is mid-length, and always neat also, whether up or down. I refuse to wear make-up for anyone but MYSELF. I'm not spending money on something I neither want nor need to suit others. Just my personal opinion!
  12. by   BabyRN2Be
    Nope, not here. I'd be in a mask when doing c-sections, etc and after a serious TBI 5 years ago, one of the residual problems I have is excessive sweating. I only wear makeup for special occasions, not midsummer or daytime. The sweat running down my face creates a lovely (not) effect.

    My Mary Kay rep is not getting rich off me... I do feel bad for her, she's one of my best friends.
  13. by   Carolanne
    Quote from Catma63
    I haven't read through any of the other replies yet...Just figured I'd interject my own thoughts first.
    I wear makeup every day. I fix my hair every day. I don't see the point in letting nursing school stress appear obvious...haha.
    And good grooming is a plus.
    Think about it: I truly feel a patient would much prefer looking at a nurse who is wearing a little makeup to brighten her features than a nurse's face demonstrating fatigue and all that....Makeup just gives a little lift. No, doesn't take a whole lot. A little dab'll will do ya; but it will do wonders for the patient (and you!)
    And don't forget....At this time, being in nursing school, you do NOT want to start neglecting yourself or your needs.

    That's a great point, it not only makes us feel better but the patients have something a little more pleasant to look at! It shows that we take pride in our appearance and want to enforce a positive self image. You're right, nobody wants to look at dark circles and pale skin. Even though we may be dead on our feet, a little pampering never hurt.

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