Friday, May 18, 2012

Meaningful makeovers


INNER BEAUTY: From left, makeup artist Alberto Cervantes, Quinn and Pollara


Applying a special concealer beneath the eyes of Laura Sullivan, RN, a staff nurse in the Gillette Center for Women’s Cancers on Yawkey 9, makeup artist Michel Crump explained it could be used to appear bright-eyed and well-rested. They both laughed as Crump acknowledged that most people – perhaps especially nurses – are too busy to get the rest they need.

In honor of Nurse Recognition Week, Tim Quinn, a former MGH patient and the national director of creative artistry for Giorgio Armani Beauty, brought a team of makeup artists and hair stylists to the MGH May 9 to give more than 60 nurses glamorous new looks – and a chance to relax. Quinn, a cancer survivor, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2007. “The nurses were great with me while I was here,” said Quinn. “This seemed like a nice way to give back.”

For Kathy Pollara, RN, of Lunder 10 Medical Oncology, the makeover was only part of the reason she decided to participate. “I mostly came because I really wanted to see Tim and know that he is doing well. This is so nice of him.”

Quinn frequently provides beauty tips on television programs such as the “Today” show and in magazines like Cosmopolitan. In 2011, he was selected as a member of the Cancer Center’s the one hundred for helping increase awareness and raise funds for cancer research. 

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