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Nurse new in post - need some subtle make up and perfume advice

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XBenedict Wed 17-Apr-13 14:54:02

I have just started back to work as a nurse. Obviously clothing is sorted - tunic & trousers or dress but what I need is some make up advice. It's needs to be quick easy but look fresh and natural. Also I need recommendations for a subtle perfume or body spray. Smells pleasant but not over powering smile

TheYoniOfYawn Wed 17-Apr-13 15:02:12

For a nurse, I would go for no perfume. It depends to a certain extent where you will be working, but I would want a nurse to have no noticeable scent, except possibly a sort of soap/clean laundry/disinfectant sort of smell when working.

What make-up do you usually wear? That would give a starting point.

kelda Wed 17-Apr-13 15:03:50

I wouldn't bother with perfume. Just use a strong deoderant. It's a very physical, tiring job.

TheYoniOfYawn Wed 17-Apr-13 15:04:12

For make-up, tinted moisturiser/BB cream, waterproof mascara, and a lip/cheek stain.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 17-Apr-13 15:06:03

I'd vote for no perfume and no make up...

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PipsWife Wed 17-Apr-13 15:08:30

As a nurse I never wear perfume as I always think when you are ill the last thing you want is a strong smell lingering around the ward, you may not think its strong but the patient might!

Make up wise, a slick of mascara and a bit of powder normally does me.

Good luck! How long have you been away?

Dolallytats Wed 17-Apr-13 15:11:17

Please don't wear perfume!! I am a huge fan of lovely smelling scents, but when in hospital having a tough pregnancy with my son 5yrs ago one of the nurses wore a really overpowering one. It was awful. I would dread her coming round as I would feel like I was eating it!!

XBenedict Wed 17-Apr-13 15:11:27

I'm in primary care, practice nurse so no really poorly people but I take your points I don't want to overpower anyone. I have been at home for 10 years with the dcs so rarely wear make up but would like to look presentable and not knackered

Flossiechops Wed 17-Apr-13 15:15:14

I'm in primary care too and I always wear perfume. I have never thought twice about it. Make up I keep very basic - mascara, plain lip gloss, and blusher. I cannot go out without makeup as I look old and knackered but I like to look professional. Good luck with going back I'm sure you will fit straight back in smile

XBenedict Wed 17-Apr-13 15:17:19

Thanks Flossie - all a bit scary! Have been working with another practice nurse for a while (voluntarily) but about to go it alone!!! I'm amazed at how different it is from hospital nursing!

valiumredhead Wed 17-Apr-13 15:18:51

Please don't wear perfume!

Bare Minerals has good staying power.

Good luck! smile

Sidge Wed 17-Apr-13 15:20:01

I'm a practice nurse, I wear perfume or body spray each day. Quite light though, I like CKOne and Chanel.

I also wear makeup or I look like I've been dug up - mascara, lipstick and base with a little blusher. Not much though, I don't think it looks too professional to be in uniform with tons of slap on - I'm a practice nurse not a beauty therapist!

XBenedict Wed 17-Apr-13 15:20:59

What about a fragranced body lotion? Would that be more subtle? Or steer clear and go for deodorant and shower gel?

NomDeOrdinateur Wed 17-Apr-13 15:21:29

Congrats! My suggestions are below - I've marked the "nice but unnecessary" items with a question mark, as I'm not sure how much you're looking to wear. I really recommend "Glow by JLo" as perfume - seriously, it's a clean, soapy but unobtrusive scent so it seems appropriate to me smile.

Tinted moisturiser: No7 Triple Protection, for minimal coverage/ Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix, for fuller coverage. Applied with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (extremely quick, great coverage and airbrush finish - a must-have if you're pressed for time, IMO).

Concealer(?): L'oreal Touche Magique, for under-eye circles and minimal blemishes OR Mac Studio Finish, for more noticeable blemishes (really long-lasting).

Powder: No7 Translucent, applied with any old brush (although Real Techniques does an excellent one if you're looking).

Mascara: No7 Expert Lash (lasts very well but isn't waterproof, so easy to remove at the end of the day).

Blush(?): If needed - No7 does some nice matte ones (Soft Damson and Candy Pink are very flattering), Bourjois also does pretty ones but they tend to be more shimmery. Any old brush will do (Boots own brand is nice).

Eyeshadow(?): Wheatsheaf by No7 is a good, slightly shimmery neutral that will wake your eyes up a bit but doesn't need careful application.

Lips: Carmex or similar lipbalm.

EldritchCleavage Wed 17-Apr-13 15:21:48

Clarins Eau Dynamisante is nice, and subtle.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 17-Apr-13 15:47:20

Mental health nurse here.

I wear very light perfume, philosophy perfumes are good. Just a fresh smell.

Make up wise, bb cream and mascara, just to make me look slightly more human at the end of a long night.

General hospital based nursing, I wouldn't wear perfume.

Mockingcurl Wed 17-Apr-13 15:55:30

Please don't wear perfume. Anyone wearing perfume near me when I was having chemo made me throw up.
When I trained as a nurse we were strictly forbidden from wearing perfume.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 17-Apr-13 16:07:06

Another no to perfume, I just use Mitchum un scented.

I'm a podiatrist.

Bit of bb cream and mascaras enough, no one wants barbie doing medical care.

XBenedict Wed 17-Apr-13 16:45:55

Fluffy - I don't think I'll ever be described as a Barbie doll wink some very useful

XBenedict Wed 17-Apr-13 16:46:34

Comments and advice

XBenedict Thu 18-Apr-13 11:59:10

Maybe a body lotion would be better than perfume?

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