“My aunt is a nurse,” says Rose-Laure Teixeira, a freelance Giorgio Armani makeup artist who volunteered as part of a May 8 Nurses Week event at the MGH. “I know how hard nurses work, and sometimes they forget to take care of themselves or even feel guilty about taking care of themselves. Today is a way for us to give back. It’s beautiful to make a woman feel beautiful.”

Teixeira and a team of makeup artists joined celebrity makeup talent Tim Quinn at the MGH, to pamper more than 140 oncology nurses. Quinn, who is the national director of Creative Artistry for Giorgio Armani Beauty, is also a former MGH Cancer Center patient himself. He has visited the MGH for the last seven years providing makeovers, beauty treatments and swag bags full of goodies.

“When my friend Sheila, an infusion nurse, was telling me about working at the MGH, she said, ‘You’ve got to come work at Mass General. Giorgio Armani comes to do your makeup!’” says Suzanne Markworth, RN, now in her second year as a member of the Hematology/Oncology Outpatient clinic team. She knows exactly what Sheila meant.

This year, the goodie bag included a special surprise: a ring created by Claudia Frustaci, a makeup artist turned jewelry designer who was treated at the MGH Cancer Center. Frustaci said her designs are inspired by her treatment and represent the “unique beauty and strength of the woman wearing it.”

“Only if you’ve been behind the closed doors of treatment do you know how emotional it is,” Frustaci says. “It takes a very special person to make someone feel protected and safe during cancer treatments. This small way of giving back is truly from the bottom of my heart.” 

Read more articles from the 05/18/18 Hotline issue.