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My Beauty Uniform: Clare Lyons

Clare Lyons Beauty Uniform

Clare Lyons is a labor and delivery nurse, she’s studying for her master’s in midwifery at NYU and she’s an advocate for reproductive rights. “I am a busy lady,” she says with a laugh. Yet, the Harlem resident still manages to find time for horseback riding and her 20-minute skincare regimen both morning and night…

Clare Lyons Beauty Uniform

Do you have any beauty inspirations?
My friend Shana has a shop called Decatindex, where you can order a sample from her personal collection of rare, interesting fragrances. I went on a trip this January, and she made me a perfume care package. She was like, ‘This is for when you’re walking on the beach, this is for dinner…’ I now wear L’Artisan Nuit de Tubéreuse because it reminds of that trip. I also got really inspired by her 10-step Korean skincare routine, which has been getting popular in the U.S. over the last few years.

How so?
I’ve always had really dry skin and everything I tried seemed to strip it and make it worse. It was dull and lackluster. I used to smoke (yuck, I know) and I was starting to develop fine lines, too. Shana has amazing glowing skin, so one night over a glass of wine I said, ‘You have to tell me what you’re doing!’ She said ‘Oh, it’s long and intense.’ But I told her, ‘I don’t care, I’ll do anything.’ So she taught me her routine and I noticed a huge difference. The moisture was immediate, my face was glowy all the time, and the fine lines have basically disappeared.

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So, what is it?
It’s a long process, and I’ve adapted my routine to work for my skin. I generally go from the lightest to the thickest products in order to keep moisture in. First, I cleanse with CosRx low pH Good Morning gel cleanser, then I spritz on CosRx AHA/BHA clarifying treatment spray toner. AHA and BHA are the ass kickers of my skincare routine. They are exfoliants (not the scrub kind) that get rid of the top layer of dead skin cells. They have reduced my fine lines, made my pores smaller, and improved the smoothness and texture of my skin. BHA also helps open up and clear out clogged pores. Afterward, I use a little Missha Time Revolution First Treatment essence and Aesop Lucent facial concentrate, followed by Deciem the Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid 2% + b5, Niacinamide 10% + zinc 1%, and 100% plant derived squalane. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that helps lessen fine lines, blemishes, and dull skin. The squalane oil prevents loss of moisture (you can use it in your hair for shine, too!). Finally, I use some CeraVe eye repair cream and CosRx Oil-Free ultra moisturizing lotion with birch sap. In the morning, I will put on some eltaMD broad spectrum SPF 46 after everything and if it’s night, I also use a retinoid cream from Curology.

Why do you love these products?

Because I’ve seen results in real time. I’ve found ways to buy them as individual ingredients on places like The Ordinary and from Amazon K-beauty stores, which keeps it more affordable. I try to stay away from anything with fragrance because it irritates my skin, and the expensive stuff usually has added scent.

How long does it all take?
Twenty minutes. I listen to Slate’s Political Gabfest, NPR politics, Left Right & Center and sometimes This American Life. But sometimes I just listen to music because by the end of the day I have taken in enough content. Devoting 20 minutes to my skin every morning and night can be a pain, especially if I’m tired and want to go to bed, but overall I really like the ritual — and I see the results in real time.

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Tell us about your job.
I’m a labor and delivery nurse at Mt. Sinai. I triage women in labor with straightforward issues or more complex medical conditions like pre-eclampsia. I assist in the delivery room, work with neonatologists and pediatricians to resuscitate babies, help women recover after C-sections and circulate in the operating room. It’s never dull! I am also in graduate school studying to become a midwife.

Is there anything you tell new moms to encourage them?

To trust their bodies and themselves, and they are strong and capable of anything. I always tell moms that as long as I am with them I will hold space for them and get them through whatever they need. Fear is something that has become inextricably linked with birth in our culture, and it doesn’t have to be. I try to create an environment of complete trust and calm. A few weeks ago, a patient recognized me from her first delivery, which unfortunately was very stressful. She told me she never forgot how much I had helped her, and that now the name Clare was at the top of her list for her new baby girl. I’d never been more honored.

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What do you do to style and care for your hair?
I’m lucky to have hair that air dries pretty nicely by itself. I use the Hairdresser’s Oil Primer with the Don’t Blow It Hair Styler.

What about makeup?
Diorshow has been my go-to mascaras for years. After a lot of trial and error, I found that this one accentuates my lashes the most. (Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara is the best drugstore version I’ve found.) I also always curl my lashes. In the winter, I add NARS tinted moisturizer, a little Bobbi Brown bronzer and NARS blush in Desire. The blush color looks bright and clown-like when you open it, but it’s much softer and more delicate once you put it on.

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And lipstick?
I love a red lip. My favorites are NARS Cruella and YSL Rouge Gouache. I’ll wear red lipstick to work sometimes — my coworkers always make fun of me but my patients love it. One woman said, ‘I knew the second you walked in the room you were totally confident because of your lipstick.’

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Do you switch it up for special occasions?
I usually stick to classic looks like a red lip and a cat eye when it comes to my makeup. I tried every liquid eyeliner at Sephora, but I ended up loving Revlon liquid liner from the drugstore the best. It lasts my entire 12-hour shift. Now and again, I like to go for it, though. I just went to the Lady Gaga concert and tried to recreate a look of hers. I wore a turquoise wig with dark eyebrows, mascara and red lipstick — which actually isn’t that far off from what I normally wear, minus the wig!

Why did you decide to go back to school?
I’ve wanted to be a midwife ever since I went to nursing school. The women who taught my obstetrics rotations were midwives, and they were incredible. Their philosophy about birth and labor was so women-centric. Obstetrics and midwifery give me an opportunity to be an advocate for women and educator. As a nurse, I’ve been surprised by the deficit of knowledge when it comes to women and their bodies. So, I’m excited to be able to educate women further about reproductive health, and also be a provider.

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What kind of advocacy work do you do?
I focus most on women’s health and reproductive rights. I support and donate to Planned Parenthood and grassroots organizations; I go to protests in the city; and I speak out and educate people. The night of the election, I tweeted encouraging people to talk to their providers right away about long-term birth control options, if they didn’t want to get pregnant. We didn’t know what the state of our health care system was going to be or how much birth control was going to cost in the future. People responded to me in droves, retweeting and asking me questions. The BBC reached out to me and I did interviews talking about IUDs and other long-term birth control options. The experience definitely inspired me to be more vocal.

Do you have any advice for people who want to get involved?
Planned Parenthood has an organization called the Planned Parenthood Defenders. You can sign up, and someone will teach you how to be a leader of a community group. Nowadays, a group of us get together once a month and discuss about ways we can better our communities, raise money for certain causes and contribute more to society. You can also volunteer to be a clinic escort. This is someone who walks anyone seeking family planning services into the facility, since there are always protesters and it can be dangerous. There is a huge need for escorts right now in NYC. I am on the waiting list to be trained.

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What do you think of the intersection between feminism and beauty?
I don’t think that beauty and feminism are mutually exclusive. You’re not a bad feminist if you care about the way you look. I dress up, wear makeup and take care of my skin — and I do it for myself.

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How do you decompress?
I am an anxious, neurotic person, and horseback riding has always been my way of relaxing. I’ve ridden since I was five, but right before I moved to New York about four years ago, I got thrown and broke my back. I didn’t start riding again until recently. Now I go once a week to the Riverdale Stables.

What made you decide to start again?
I kept having bad dreams about desperately wanting to ride. So I was like, I can either keep having these dreams or I can find a facility and tell them I need a calm horse who’s going to be gentle with me. I quite literally got back on the horse, and by the second or third lesson my fear had calmed. Riding has done wonders for my psyche and my body; it makes me so happy. When I ride, I can’t focus on anything but the moment; it’s like meditation.

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What has your family taught you about beauty? 
My mom’s emphasis was always on inner beauty. My Sicilian grandmother on the other hand, was very clear about the fact that I shouldn’t be leaving the house without lipstick and properly tweezed eyebrows! She was the family matriarch, so people paid attention to what she said. She felt it was sinful for her not to look absolutely perfect; putting that pressure on yourself can be hard.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done beauty wise?
I had thick eyebrows, which my grandmother hated. When I was 11, she told me it was time to do something about them. It wasn’t malicious; it was just the way she grew up. I tried tweezing them but it hurt, so I just shaved the bottom off. When my mom found out, she said, ‘You’re beautiful no matter what.’

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What do you love most about your look?
I like my big brown eyes and freckles, but it took me a long time to appreciate the way I look. I think this is something a lot of people struggle with, but the more you love what you can do and what is within, the easier it is to love the rest of yourself. Beauty becomes a sidenote when you’re proud of yourself for other reasons.

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Thank you so much, Clare!

P.S. More women share their beauty uniforms, including a poet and a neuroscientist.

(Photos courtesy of Clare Lyons. Interview by Megan Cahn.)

  1. Jessie says...

    I know this post isn’t new, but I keep coming back to it when I run out of a product so I can replace it with one of hers!

    Gorgeous skin and awesome story of a driven and passionate woman! I am expecting my first and hope I have someone like her in the room and in my corner!

    I have two questions about the routine: how long do you have to wait in between products to let each one dry? Also, if you were to do the whole routine at night, but shorten the routine in the morning for time reasons, which products would you stick to in the morning?

    Thanks!

  2. jenna says...

    How long do you need to wait between applications and before applying makeup after doing the 10 step morning routine?

    • Maxi says...

      No need to wait. The idea that products need to sink into the skin is a debunked myth. I actually use most of her prodcust as well.

  3. Jessica says...

    I bought all the products she uses, was able to score them all for about $100 TOTAL from amazon (except the Aesop serum, too pricey for me). I’m on week two and can already tell the difference in my skin. THANK YOU Cup of Jo for introducing me to a great skincare regimen, while also introducing us all to a badass woman!

  4. Just a note to say: I delivered both my babies at MS Roosevelt and while I don’t think I ran into Clare, every nurse I encountered was a friendly, present, comforting rockstar. I felt so at ease and learned a ton from them. Clare, thank you!

  5. Callie says...

    What a lovely and inspiring woman! I’m feeling tempted to try her 10-step skincare routine. I really love and resonate with this– “Beauty becomes a sidenote when you’re proud of yourself for other reasons.” Thanks for all you’re doing to empower and care for women, Clare!

    • bee says...

      I LOVE that quote too! Go Clare!

  6. Reina says...

    I will love to see beauty uniforms from girls in other countries with differents approaches to fashion and beauty. I live in Mexico City so I can be your guineas pig for the first one ;)

  7. Her skin is so amazing! I wish I have started taking care of my skin earlier. Now no matter what I do I feel nothing works anymore. Or nothing that I can afford works.

    • Maxi says...

      Try ‘The Ordinary’. Their products are amazingly affordable and work. (No, I don’t work for them). Careful though, they target the skin care geeks, so you need to read a bit and order what’s right for you.

  8. I gave birth to my baby boy four weeks ago and we had incredible L&D nurses throughout our hospital stay – but one was particularly exceptional. From the moment I showed up in intense labour, Nicole comforted me, held my hand, reassured me throughout a difficult delivery, and advocated for my care. It’s funny how L&D nurses are simply doing their jobs but they are by our sides and help us through one of the most intimate, emotional, difficult, and sometimes scary experiences of our lives. I still find myself thinking about her regularly and hope she still works at the same hospital when we have our next children.

  9. Ida says...

    What? I dont understand, do people seriously shame others and make it hard for them to go into the clinics?? There has to be volunteers to keep them safe while they make (for some) the hardest decision they ever have to make?? I genuinely not understand whats wrong with some people. Im Norwegian and lived in Norway my whole life, and I have never heard of such thing. That is just so so so horrible and WRONG, I dont even have words for it. I’d sign up to be a volunteer in a heartbeat if I lived in the US, thank you to ALL of you whom help keep these women safe!!

    Im sorry, I went a bit off topic, it was shocking to learn that this is such a big issue in the States. I was not aware. Otherwise, wonderful article, and such an inspiring woman featured.

    • Yes – in the US, women who go to a family planning center, even just to treat a uti or for a birth control RX, are often escorted by volunteers.

  10. Cate says...

    I gave birth to my daughter at Roosevelt — now Mt. Sinai West — and I will never forget my L&D nurse, Ping. She kept me calm and motivated during a very tricky forceps delivery, and I owe my life and my daughter’s to her and Dr. Anna Rhee, hands down the most skilled physician I’ll ever know. Everyone worries about which doctor or midwife to sign up with when you’re pregnant, but if you’re birthing in a hospital, it’s the nurses who will keep you safe and comfortable, and who will help you welcome your new person in joy and good health. I will always remember and adore my all-female, POC birth team at Roosevelt, and to this day feel so lucky to have had such a wonderful experience. Also — such a great beauty uniform! Self-care is the ultimate feminist act.

    • Dr. Rhee was my OB too! (Though Bradley was on call for both of my deliveries) Both total rockstars.

  11. Laura says...

    I wish I had known about the clinic escorts. My little sister had a tough experience having to walk through a crowd of protesters into PP. :(

  12. Julia says...

    I loved reading this so much! Clare seems so wise and down to earth (and I order like half of her skincare recommendations! Ha!!)

  13. Christina Michels says...

    Thank you for sharing Clare, and to CupofJo for highlighting a badass nurse’s style :)

  14. My skin is so dry – I’ve tried everything. So I just went a purchased 75% of the products Clare uses! Thank you! (fingers crossed)

  15. Love this! I absolutely agree with her that taking time for your skin and enjoying the ritual (and results) is life-changing. After my pregnancies and hormones sent my skin into a bad place, I tried so many things but found that simple is best.

    p.s. for those of you looking for a zero-waste/plastic-free friendly skincare regimen (that’s also non-toxic…and wallet-friendly!) I posted my tips here: https://meredithtested.com/2017/09/08/how-to-get-rich-girl-skin-the-all-natural-zero-waste-and-inexpensive-way/

  16. Clare– when I have a baby, I would love for you to be there! Your theory and practice of being calm and not associating birth with fear in itself was so calming!! I am only 24 so hopefully this is a little ways out, but seriously you are so inspiring. Your beauty routine and freckles are amazing too! Thank you for this!

    • Clare says...

      you are so sweet. i would love to be a part of your birth. i hope i am done with school by the time you are ready :)

  17. Amanda DeWit says...

    I totally agree about the Revlon eyeliner. It’s the best!

  18. kathy says...

    clare …

    thank you so much for that statement about “beauty becomes a sidenote when you are proud of yourself for other reasons”! those well-said words will stick with me because I am 59 years of age (so, basically invisible to much of american society), single and have been noticeably losing my hair since I was 21. it’s to the point that it is a detriment to dating (but makes a ‘good’ screening tool) and has hurt my self esteem … however, my wise and wonderful parents raised my siblings and me to be strong and know that it truly is what’s on the inside (things like kindness) that matters most and I thank God for them. your words help, too.

    best wishes in everything you do.

    and jo …

    thanks for all you share on your very thoughtful blog. my favorite parts are the home tours and beauty uniforms, but I appreciate it all. best wishes to you and your family, too.

  19. Rebecca Hohlenwerger says...

    Thank you so much for sharing about Clare! To be honest, I took much more away from these COMMENTS than the actual beauty content of the post… the fact that women/new moms that Clare has served remember her so fondly and emotionally… it’s just heartwarming! I am in my 30’s and have just made the huge (to me) decision to change careers completely and go back to school to become a Labor and Delivery nurse. I’m going to continue working full time in my current industry while taking one pre-requisite at a time, online, at night… I haven’t been in school in over 10 years, and am honestly scared! I’m getting all of these second thoughts… am I making the right choice? Do I just need more challenge in my own career, perhaps? Can I even pass Microbiology and Stats pre-reqs and remember how to write an academic paper?! Am I smart enough? Is it crazy to change career paths so drastically when I’ll be almost 40 by the time I’m through?
    The fact is… ever since I was just 4 years old and was asked what I wanted to be, I would reply, “Baby Nurse!” But then life, and the fear of sciences and maths got in the way, and now I couldn’t be in a more distant field.
    Having my own 2 babies in city hospitals and connecting so immensely with the AMAZING nurses each time gave me this fire… that I want to do the same for women going through such a foreign and oftentimes scary experience.
    Fingers crossed that I’ll get through the many challenges ahead, the long nights of studying on top of mothering and full-time working, that I’ll find the ability to succeed in maths and sciences (because I KNOW I have the people skills/bedside manner part down already!) :)
    It’s really nice to be reminded here and there, in unexpected places, that I’m taking the right step.
    Thank you Clare!

    • Abbie says...

      Good for you, Rebecca!! You’re going to be great. You will get through your courses. Clearly you have the passion and determination. I have two small kids and am contemplating a career change too. It’s scary, but so exciting. Best of luck!

    • Thank you ! For writing this and voicing your truth. You are now my inspiration –
      Love and Abundance to you. From a fellow woman . Mamma . And Game Changer!

    • Clare says...

      You can do it Rebecca!! It’s the best thing in my life. It can be challenging but it is incredibly rewarding. I’ll be sending positivity into the universe for your successes to come!! Xo

    • I am doing this exact same thing!!!! I’m 32 and a mom of three little girls!! We should connect! My email is sbrooks52111@yahoo.com!

      -Sarah

  20. Meg says...

    I always find these beauty uniform pieces interesting but this one was by far my favorite. The women you feature are always lovely and inspiring, but for me, Clare is particularly so. She’s so passionate about her work — both her job and the advocacy stuff she does. I can see this post as one I’ll come back to when I need a little kick in the pants about my own goals. Thank you CoJ for this piece and thank you, Clare, for letting us all “meet” you!

  21. Tess says...

    “Beauty becomes a sidenote when you’re proud of yourself for other reasons.” So wise, so well said, so inspiring!!

  22. Maude says...

    As someone who is trying to reduce waste/plastic footprint in the world and still have amazing skin :) I would love to see some skin product alternatives that come in glass/recycled packaging/re-use their containers. Doing a 10 step program with 10 plastic bottles and 10 plastic lids, not to mention face masks or any actual make up is not something I can stand by.

  23. I’d love to see a plastic free/zero waste/cruelty free beauty uniform!

    • Jess says...

      I 100% agree! I’m always striving for a cruelty-free wardrobe, makeup and skincare.

    • That would be amazing to see!

      Joanna, check out this blog I’ve been reading: http://www.astateofruin.com/
      You should feature Jordan about sustainability and fashion!

    • Maude says...

      YES!

    • I fourth this!

  24. Darcy says...

    No lash extensions?

    • Clare says...

      no lash extensions! I have never tried them

  25. Rochelle says...

    Such an inspiring woman. I love reading about her skincare recommendations. It’s not often we ask someone exactly what their skincare regime is and I find it so fascinating.
    Made me tear up reading how supportive she is for women. I had both my babies in Munich and both happen to be delivered by the same midwife. In Germany you usually don’t know who will be delivering your baby. But the 2nd time around I was definitely more scared and overwhelmed going into the delivery, partly because I knew what to expect. When I was screaming and crying “I can’t, I can’t” she kept telling me “I’ve seen you do it before, and yes you can.” It made all the difference. A good midwife makes a world of difference. Thanks Clare for supporting all those women and fighting the good fight.

  26. SanDee says...

    For Clare–my beloved Aunt Frances was a Labor & Delivery nurse for 45 years. By the time she retired, she knew everyone at the hospital and couldn’t walk down the hallway without getting hugs and chatting with hospital staff and former patients.

    Anyway, the highest compliment my aunt could give to anyone was short and to the point, but she reserved it only for those who truly deserved it. It was: She is a good nurse. I don’t know you, but after reading this article and the testimonials from your patients, I can say that you, Clare, are a good nurse.

  27. Paige says...

    Does anyone else think she looks just like Shailene Woodley?! Clare is gorgeous and seems really bright and compassionate.

    • Amanda says...

      Yes, I kept thinking that as well! They’re both gorgeous inside and out!

    • YES! Totally agree!

    • Cláudia says...

      yes, constantly :)

  28. Liz says...

    Clare – you rock!

  29. Tawny says...

    Love this Beauty Uniform. Love her!

  30. Katie C says...

    I so wish I could get into a skin routine like. Her skin looks amazing and normally I feel like my skin is pretty good, especially considering how little care I give it, but now I’m comparing myself to her and feeling like my skin could use some serious TLC. After looking at the second or third product on the list though my head began to spin. I’m really just way too low maintenance for that! Anyone have any really great 3 step skin care routines they wanna share?!;)

    • step 1 – A low pH cleanser like CeraVe foaming cleanser or COSRx low pH Good Morning cleanser.
      step 2 – A watery essence or serum like Missha’s First Treatment essence.
      step 3 – A moisturizing SPF like Shiseido Senka or Missha All Around Safe Black Essence Sun

      :)

    • Lisa says...

      One step program: everyday oil — I cleanse with it and moisturize with it. Seriously, this stuff is amazing. https://shopeverydayoil.com/

  31. Lydia says...

    Thank you so much for featuring such an inspiring woman. I’m a NICU nurse and love reading about others in the field. Nursing is an act of social justice, you care for EVERYONE no matter what. Also, I’ve spent years looking for a liquid eyeliner that will last through a 12 hour shift, trying Clare’s rec asap!

  32. Kerry says...

    I love this Beauty Uniform so much! Can you let me know where Clare bought her eye necklace?

    • Clare says...

      I got it at Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market!

  33. Kerry says...

    I love this Beauty Uniform so much! Can you let me know where Clare bought her beautiful eye necklace?

  34. Robin says...

    Umm… Does anyone else now have ten extra tabs opened up with EVERY step of that skin care routine?! She’s glowing! I love her idea of listening to a podcast as you take care of your skin–what an awesome way to wind down after a hectic day!

    I do plan on adding an eleventh step to this routine: red wine. Antioxidants, since we’re focusing on self care and all ;)

    • Kate says...

      Ditto! And spent $75 more dollars than I anticipated in my impulsive effort to literally become Clare. Yikers. (Less expensive than nursing school, though. Baby steps.)

  35. Tricia says...

    Is it just me that thinks she’s a Shailene Woodley doppleganger? Great feature!

    • I thought the exact same thing!

  36. Erin says...

    Oddly, I totally resonated with her dream about getting back on a horse after so many years. I had a similar dream about track and field (I competed in high school but stopped in college – one of my life’s biggest regrets). This summer I kept having re-occurring dreams about high jumping again and, sure enough – I found an adult track club! Guess it’s that subconscious thing coming through!

  37. Great interview! The 10 step Korean skincare regime sounds like it might really work… I just don’t know if I have the patience/dedication/commitment?!

  38. Ciara says...

    Clare’s skin is mesmerising. I’ve just turned 30 and would love a new skin regime…But perhaps just a little less Labour intensive… :)

  39. Simone says...

    Loved this beauty uniform! So down to earth and real

  40. Capucine says...

    This woman post-children is who I want to hear from! If she’s so awesome now, I cannot even imagine what inspiration awaits when she’s on the other side of that river! (Which is to say: twenty minute skin routine, labor nurse in red lipstick with a cateye – not what I’m wanting in my mothering life, but pretty sure she’ll nail what I DO want!)

    • Megan says...

      I would like to see the same thing!

  41. christi says...

    As always, COJ, totally lovely feature on an interesting and inspiring human!

    But – I’m actually just here to vouch for The Ordinary which has literally changed my face for the better. SO cheap, SO good. Feels like a sneaky life hack to have fancy lady skincare on my college lady budget.

    • Sarah says...

      Anything else you recommend, besides the products she listed?

    • Alex says...

      Did you end up doing a regimen from their site? I’m looking at their suggested products for the “general signs of age” and am wondering if it will impact my fine lines. I would love to hear what you think!

  42. So darn pretty.

  43. Meg says...

    As pediatrician, I too would love to see a physician featured! :)

  44. Gina says...

    I love this post, both for the badass woman and the awesome skincare routine! But I wanted to point out that people should be wary of ordering skincare from Amazon, as there are a lot of fakes around. Always go to the provider and see if they sell on Amazon– EltaMD, for example, specifically says that it does NOT, so the Amazon product linked in the post could be a fake (or it could be an honest reseller). It’s a bummer because Amazon makes great skincare seem so accessible, but unfortunately a lot of products on there are not legit!

    • Katie says...

      Thanks for mentioning Gina!!! I have purchased some fakes before in Amazon (Obagi) — so great tip. Go to the company’s website first and often times they will explicitly state that they do NOT sell on Amazon (and then let you know where you can shop online at an authorized dealer). I’ve had success with lovelyskin.com and dermstore.com

  45. Jen says...

    Wow – as soon as I saw Clare’s name and picture tonight, my breath caught in my throat. Nineteen months ago, I had a very scary delivery at Mt Sinai. Baby and I are now doing really well, but for many months, I couldn’t let myself think about too many details of that night. Except I’ve always, always thought about Clare — about her incredible kindness, and her calm when I was at my most vulnerable. She was the angel by my side in the midst of the chaos of emergency surgery. As things took a turn in the OR, my husband wasn’t allowed to stay. Suddenly I was surrounded by a team of amazing doctors but I had never felt so alone and afraid. As I realized they were going to have to put me under, it was Clare that took my hand and whispered in my ear. She told me, “I’m going to be right here. I’m going to be right here with you.” I can’t express how much those words meant to me in that moment.
    When I came to, she was there, and she stayed with me all night in the recovery room. When I wasn’t allowed food or drink yet, but was so thirsty from surgery, she brought me gauze soaked in water. And it was the very best thing in the world! As were Clare’s kindness, protectiveness, warmth and confidence.
    Even now, there are nights when I’m rocking my baby to sleep, and in the stillness, my mind wanders back to that night, and I think of Clare and I send a special wish and prayer into the universe for her.
    To say she’s good at her job is an understatement of the century; she’s brilliant. And yes, beautiful inside and out. I’ll always feel blessed and unendingly grateful that she was there for me and my family. Xx

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, jen, i have tears in my eyes! what a beautiful story — and how brave and heroic of you, and how loving and kind of clare. what a story of two amazing women (and one adorable baby). xoxooxoxo

    • Clare says...

      Jen – I will always remember you and your family. That sweet baby of yours. Your words made me bawl and I am so grateful to have been by your side. I’m so happy that you’re doing well now and gave yourself time to heal after such an intense experience. Thank you, thank you for your words. Love, Clare

    • Tears.

    • Katherine says...

      Thank you for sharing your story, Jen. I can only imagine how terrifying and overwhelming your unexpected delivery must have been. Reading that Clare said “I’m right here with you” made me burst into tears. Anxiety and depression make me often feel like I’m alone and drowning, but her words are the truth. None of us are alone in our struggle for survival, and beautiful people like Clare and the incredible community of women at Cup of Jo inspire me and give me support when I’m suffering the most.

    • Claire says...

      This is a story I am so grateful to read. Thank you for writing about it and sharing it, and for the responses too. Clare is of course so lovely, but this story is true beauty all around.

    • Thank you for this unbelievably touching account. Sure made my day. She is indeed a special human being. One in a million.

    • KylieO says...

      Oh god, I’m bawling. I had a similar experience and this brought it all back. Health professionals like Clare are like gold.

    • bes says...

      Oh man, I bet that just made every woman who has given birth cry. It definitely did for me. I had a midwife-in-training nurse who was also incredibly kind to me during a hard time in labor – her name was Megan and I remember her fondly too.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Katherine, just wanted to say that i’m thinking of you. You’re not alone. xoxoxo

  46. Adela says...

    Thank you for this profile! As a nurse-midwife who does PRN work for Planned Parenthood in addition to the “pregnancy” part of my work, AND an equestrian, this speaks to me. Good luck on your midwifery journey, Clare! Thank you, Cup of Jo, for spotlighting badass women!

  47. Vanessa says...

    What a fantastic, intelligent, successful and gorgeous young woman. I love her spirit and her way of seeing the world. Thank you for featuring her.

  48. Abbie says...

    Love this post. I remember my labor and delivery nurses with such fondness. They were amazing and made my births incredible experiences. No doubt you do this, Clare, for so many moms. Good luck becoming a midwife and thanks for the great skin care ideas!

  49. Elizabeth says...

    I loved seeing a fellow advanced practice nurse featured! I just finished grad school and am about to start my first job as a family nurse practitioner :)

  50. Amy says...

    As an expectant mama, I would LOVE to update my beauty routine, but I’m cautious knowing that so many beauty products contain harmful ingredients. Clare or Joanna, any recs for safe, natural, and effective skincare products?

    • G says...

      http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/#.Wa_ilsiGPb0

      This non-profit organization aims to help consumers choose products that are safe for use on our bodies- they’ve reviewed tons of stuff and do a great job at stratifying how safe a product is to use. Not specifically for pregnant women but I hope it helps! Learned about it in my pediatric residency, where I care for lots of Moms interested in knowing what’s in the products they use for both themselves and their children.

    • Andrea says...

      Second skin deep/EWG! They also have an app that lets you scan bar codes in the store to check products’ safety rating.

    • becs says...

      Amy, I loved this Beauty Uniform: https://cupofjo.com/2016/04/beauty-uniform-s-w-basics-adina-grigore/

      I’ve done the oil cleansing method and used other natural products with great results, and you can buy the ingredients yourself (witch hazel, shea butter…). But if you want ready-made products, Adina’s are awesome!

    • Hi, Amy! I would highly, highly recommmend One Love Organics. Their products are wonderful and pretty affordable for the green beauty world! Good luck! XO

  51. Karla Silverman says...

    Yes thank you for featuring such a lovely woman who is not in the fashion world. I too am a nurse midwife although now work on Behavioral Health issues also at Mt. Sinai. I am constantly looking for inspiring and creative dressers who are in the healthcare profession. Our business needs more beauty!

  52. I really love this post. Clare’s down-to-earth approach to beauty is so refreshing, and I appreciate her sincere view on true beauty coming from within oneself. She seems like a lovely person inside and out. Any patient would be fortunate to be in her care!

  53. Amy says...

    Thank you for featuring a strong female health professional who is not a physician! I’ve loved reading about the female physicians you’ve featured as well, but it does seem like there’s a common misconception that strong, smart women in medicine = physician, and Clare demonstrates this is clearly not true. She’s an inspiration!

    • Jenny says...

      I love that Clare is a badass nurse! On the contrary, Joanna and her team have not interviewed any physicians in her beauty series (there have been 2 neuroscientists that I remember). I happen to be a physician and would love to see such a profile :)

    • Amy says...

      Jenny I think you’re right–I was thinking of a cool geriatric practitioner (I think that was her specialty) I remembered, but actually I think that was a week of outfits!

    • Jenny says...

      Oh right!!! I remember her! She was indeed very cool

    • Joy says...

      I’d love to see a physician interview as well. Most of us graduate from 7+ intense years of training looking “tired” to say the least!

  54. Hazle says...

    Good to hear someone state plainly how much time their skincare routine takes each day, and acknowledge that it’s quite a lot of time! It would be brilliant if these posts always said that, and also if they could include what the monthly budget is – then readers of various income levels can have a sense of what’s realistic for them to emulate, you know? The products mentioned here might not be the most expensive, but there’s a LOT of them!

    • Samantha says...

      I do a sort of modified version of this: double cleanse, tone, rosewater spray, eye cream, retinol serum, lotion. In the morning I wash, tone, moisturizer, and use spf. You’re right that it’s not cheap. I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes or shoes or bags (I thrift a lot and occasionally splurge at Nordstrom Rack!), but when I turned 30 I decided I would commit to a skincare routine and did some research on really effective moderately priced products. My most expensive product is my Sunday Riley retinol serum – $65 for the smallest size. Everything else is under $15. It still adds up, though. As for time, I don’t think it’s so bad – my routine certainly doesn’t take 20 minutes. If you’re already spending a few minutes at the end of the day brushing your teeth, removing your contacts, and washing your face, committing to a whole routine will really only turn a 6 minute ritual into maybe a 12 minute ritual. Try it! I’ve been delighted at the difference in my skin.

  55. i’d love to know where clare got those bookshelves… :)

  56. Lainie says...

    Love that “beauty uniform” encapsulates so much more than the traditional meaning of those words:) This one also made me think about how several times this week I’ve seen/heard women whom I would consider absolutely gorgeous say that they’ve to work very hard to accept how they look. We develop such an unhealthy self filter (for lack of better words….) in our culture & we still have so much work to do to change this!

  57. This interview (and Clare herself) are exceedingly lovely. I loved what she said about feminism and caring about how she looks not being at odds and was fascinated learning about her advocacy and work. Thank you for featuring her!

  58. Thank you so much for featuring another woman outside of the design/fashion community! Clare’s interview felt so real & accessible to me!

    This is the second time I have heard someone mention The Ordinary — I may have to give them a shot! The price points are pretty great!

  59. Sasha says...

    I really love these Beauty Uniforms. I feel like I learn a lot about beauty, but also about other things. Would you consider an older women who’s 50yrs + for Beauty Uniforms? I myself am in my late 30s, but I would love to hear and learn from someone a bit older who can share their story/philosophy.

  60. Natalie S says...

    Oh yes I meant to ask, but how do you find these interesting women?! One of the best things about the series is reading about all sorts of amazing women everywhere, what they do, and how they do it looking like mega beauts. Thank you xx

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’ve featured friends of ours, and also we scout on Instagram, and we ask around for cool ladies doing cool things! xoxo

    • Katherine says...

      It would be awesome to be able to nominate people for Beauty Uniforms, Week of Outfits, Motherhood Around the World, Home Tours, etc. I bet y’all would get a ton of suggestions, but it could take a lot of work to manage the submissions.

  61. Absolutely adored this interview!! Love your dedication to women, their bodies and health and bringing precious life into this world! I’m not in the medical field but I agree there is so much fear around birth and it really doesn’t have to be that way! So glad you are championing a supportive, trusting and calm environment, a wonderful array of emotions to have in a delivery room!
    And I may copy your routine exactly if it means having skin that glowing!! Thanks so much for the step by step! Xo

  62. Kate says...

    Clare! It’s impossible to fully articulate what a powerful & wonderful person you are. However, this article did a fabulous job of showing how great of an asset you are to patients, nurses, friends and to women! I am proud to call you my best friend. PS: I just ordered a bunch of these skincare items from Amazon – excited to add to my collection! Thanks for all your reccomendations but ALSO can you do a separate article on mastering the perfect selfie? xx

  63. Anna says...

    Thank you, Cup of Jo, for this post! I’m a med student and found this very relatable and found some tips to steel! She is a beauty, but the no nonsense approach and crisp honesty really made this my favourite beauty uniform. xx

  64. Savannah says...

    Stellar beauty uniform. More of this, please.

  65. Caroline says...

    As a nurse-midwife in NYC myself, I loved reading this post! I am sure beautiful births with healthy mamas and babies contribute to our respective “glows” :)

  66. Daniela says...

    Omg love her! Such a fabulous woman.

  67. Alice says...

    I love this: Beauty becomes a sidenote when you’re proud of yourself for other reasons. I think that’s a beautifully put thought to pass on and on. Like most commenters, I found Clare hugely inspiring and beautiful inside out. Searching out advocacy alternatives in the U.K., though we have less need there’s always a need for help and support. Thanks Clare for sharing and reminding us to share, alongside showing the peachy results of a determined regime!

  68. Kara says...

    My hospital birth experience was not pleasant, but I loved the L&D nurses! I was in labor at the hospital for 40+ hours, so I went through quite a handful, and they were so kind and encouraging…even at times when other hospital staff treated them otherwise:/

    I second the Korean beauty routine. I discovered it via a link on your site a couple months ago, and it’s incredible the impact it’s had on my skin. For everyone wanting more details, Google is a good place to start. I’ve found tons of info so easily just by doing quick searches.

  69. Jill Sergison says...

    This is fantastic – I graduated from NYU’s midwifery program 12 years ago! The words midwife and fashion don’t often go together, but my midwifery colleagues are gorgeous and hot! Hats off to you, Clare! My midwifery path has taken me on crazy journeys and now to a PhD program. Stay in the service of women and you will have such a rewarding career.

    • Nora B says...

      Your words just hit me like a ton of bricks: “stay in the service of women”.
      How I love that. 33, at home raising 3 babies and wondering in the rare quiet moments what I will do when they’re all in school soon.

      You just nailed it for me.

      Thank you. Thank you, clare, for being so awesome and I nspiring. Thank you to all the women in this community:articulate, strong, passionate, kind, and smart. It’s such a pleasure to read your words.

  70. Sarah says...

    What a badass woman you are, Clare! I enjoyed this beauty uniform, especially the focus on good skincare. I’ve just started dabbling in the multi-step skin routine myself and it is a nice period of self care in the morning and evening to start and end the day. I really appreciated her comments about both enjoying self care and caring about appearance and then putting that aside to focus on all the other more important facets of ourselves.

  71. I. love. this. woman.
    I’m so happy more people will get to know the beautiful person I know and the amazing work she does every day. Thank you for always making women feel safe and confident as they go through some of the scariest and most challenging times…
    …and thank you for being my skincare partner, fellow perfume addict and closest friend <3.

  72. Katie says...

    So fantastic! What a generous spirit – it shines through her face! I’m SO CURIOUS about this Korean 20 minute beauty routine: how do you find the products? Is there an order (like when you jump a car you have to put the cables on in a certain way,) for it to all work? Wouldn’t mind a post devoted solely to folks who do this on the reg.

    • Ashley says...

      When it comes to order of application of skincare products, always go from lightest to heaviest. i.e. start with the watery toner, then layer the slightly viscous serum, end with the thick cream.

    • Anna says...

      The products aren’t necessarily different (though the can be). You can use regular cleanser, toner, serum etc from Sephora. It’s more about using them in a routine (and yep, the order matters!). I would highly recommend Caroline Hirons and Dr Sam Bunting for advice about skin care. They aren’t Korean but what they recommend, particularly Caroline, is essentially a Korean 10-step routine.

    • Ashley says...

      I would totally recommend checking out Caroline Hiron’s blog (or YouTube)- she’s a skincare expert who tells it as it is, and since following some of her tips, my skin has improved dramatically!! She’s also great at breaking things down into simple terms for those of us who get overwhelmed!

  73. Anna says...

    Thank you for sharing. I did not know about The Ordinary cosmetics but they look great (their prices as well).

  74. This one really resonated with me. I can only hope I have someone like Clare on my team when it’s my turn to give birth!

    • Mia says...

      I was thinking the same! What an awesome person. Nurses are the best!

  75. Sasha says...

    I love everything about Clare!
    Clare, as a doula, a feminist and sister horse lover, you are a complete inspiration to me. Thank you so much for the hard work you do caring for the mamas.

  76. Cara says...

    She is gorgeous and doing such great work. Labor and delivery nurses are angels, I swear (mine helped me through so much during my deliveries and I am still so grateful). Great profile.

  77. Emma says...

    I loved my labor and delivery nurses. I know a big complaint in hospitals is that you’re disturbed by people coming in and out so often, but I always felt a wash of relief when my favorite nurse came in to check on me. I wanted to cry at the end of her shift and beg her to stay with me! So grateful for the women and men who do this job!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes! I remember begging our nurse to stay longer on her shift :)

    • Julie says...

      I did cry! And after I got home I made a nice donation to the hospital in her name. A great way to honor her enormous, unforgettable impact on my life and give back to the place that helped bring my child into the world. Truly special.

  78. Anne says...

    What an awesome individual! I love hearing about great people out in the world doing great things, it is people like you who make the world a better place. :)

  79. Melanie says...

    This post is great! Exactly the type of skincare routine I’m working on and makeup! Thanks for all the makeup suggestions- now I don’t have to continue trying every eyeliner and mascara at Sephora and Walgreens.

  80. I loved this beauty profile! My labor and delivery nurse was so incredible, I will always remember her, even her name – Cali – and I NEVER remember names. Labor Is such a emotional time, the work these L&D nurses do is so important to women. I loved hearing about her advocacy also with PP, it’s great to hear that someone so knowledgable about woman reproductive health is in the fight to protect it!

    Xoxo

  81. Natalie Crandall says...

    OMG! What a lovely start to the week — Claire was my overnight nurse when I delivered my baby last year. I wrote about her in my journal, and how calm and relaxed she made me feel, even though I was super anxious about being induced at 41 weeks. She seemed so beautiful and strong to me that night, and it’s such a nice treat to read about this personal side to her. (And I’m taking her tips about skincare routine!)

    Thank you Claire for all you did, and do, for nervous women like me! I was so lucky to have you with me that night. And here’s Henry!

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10101496301855909&set=a.624427315519.2174728.2800396&type=3&theater

    • Anneka Werner-Gavrin says...

      This is so sweet!

    • lauren says...

      This comment is so sweet and your Henry is adorable!

  82. Colleen says...

    Omg, I love this beauty uniform! I am 38 and switching careers from being a professional musician to nursing. I am considering nurse midwife as one of my options (that decision is still a few years away), so I appreciated this post on so many levels. I have two babies and I adored my nurse midwife. You know, I should probably tell her that she had such a profound effect on me that I’m thinking of following in her footsteps!

    • Alexa says...

      38 as well with two babies and considering a switch to nursing. How does one do this with children? I need a support group :)

  83. Alyssa says...

    This is definitely one of my favorites you’ve done! She just seems so fun and relatable!

  84. Carolyn says...

    This series just keeps getting better! I often feel so shallow when I devote ANY time or money to beauty, reading about women who are rocking their lives AND taking care of themselves is like getting a permission slip to “indulge”. Love it, keep it coming!

  85. Ashley says...

    Echoing what everyone else here said – totally love it!

    Also immediately signed up to be a clinic escort. Thanks for spreading the word about opportunities like this.

  86. This woman is awesome! Bravo!

  87. edie says...

    Interesting that she’s a delivery nurse, but also advocates for/with PP. I know many people will see this as a natural partnership, but to me it feels so…contradictory? As in one vocation (predominantly) facilitates life and the other (predominantly) facilitates fetal demise. Anyone else understand what I mean? I’m aware that support for/against PP is a hot topic.

    • Laura says...

      Working so closely with pregnant women and babies probably gives her an even deeper understanding of the value of choice: providing women with the ability to choose when and how they become mothers is another form of facilitating life.

    • Katie says...

      Hi Edie! The vast majority of PP services are actually basic health care, helping women get Pap smears and birth control and questions answered and lumpy boobs examined. They detect cancers in their early stages and help people (especially low income!) get basic health help.

    • Heather says...

      That’s an interesting point Edie! To me the connection seems to be around advocating for women’s bodily autonomy and right to make safe and informed choices about their bodies, while also providing safe and accessible medical services to women no matter what type of care they need. :)

    • Riley says...

      Planned Parenthood does not “predominantly facilitate fetal demise.”

      Read this: https://www.thecut.com/2017/01/misconceptions-about-planned-parenthood.html

      Planned Parenthood provides women with access to pap smears, contraceptives, screenings for cervical cancer, and a wide range of care related to pregnancy.

      This is all besides the point. From what I’m reading in Clare’s story, she’s committed to supporting women’s reproductive care. I don’t see a contradiction in the least.

    • Sarah says...

      Planned Parenthood in no way predominately facilitates fetal demise. This is a misconception that has been repeatedly debunked. Planned Parenthood primarily provides health care to women—especially economically disadvantaged women—including providing contraception, which prevents unwanted pregnancy. The idea that midwives and delivery nurses would be anti-choice does seem strange to me, but I would at least encourage you to reconsider your notion that Planned Parenthood is an abortion factory. Millions of women get important care there unrelated to fetal demise.

    • Laura says...

      PP offers many health services for reproductive care, so I can understand a delivery nurse supporting their cause. Abortions are the most controversial, so that’s my guess as to why they’re most commonly associated with that one. Prenatal care is another service, along with pap smears, breast exams, sti/std testing, contraceptive options, etc. From my understanding, abortions make up about 3% of services offered. I’ve read other articles that claim PP doesn’t release/collect the number of terminated pregnancies (not sure about that), but nonetheless, it’s a minority of what they provide.

    • Melanie says...

      Actually, having my daughter and going through pregnancy really reinforced my belief in a women’s right to choose. Planned Parenthood does so much good work, but they also support and enable women to be mothers.

    • Andrea says...

      Edie – yes, I get what you mean. I read Abby Johnson’s book a few years ago (she’s a former PP director) and it changed my mind about a lot of things.

    • Whitney says...

      I’d encourage you to do a little research about what PP does. Contrary to your comment they do not “predominantly facilitate fetal demise.”
      I could go into how they provide:
      – high quality, affordable healthcare for women (and men!)
      – STD tests
      – pap smears
      – breast exams
      -birth control
      – AND MORE

      But I think, if you’re interested in there being less abortions, you should DEFINITELY support PP since they are the largest provider of comprehensive sex education in our communities which studies have shown leads to less unintended pregnancies and thus less abortions!

      Also, BEING PRO-CHOICE DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE ANTI-LIFE.

    • Savannah says...

      Planned Parenthood does so much more than abortion! Planned Parenthood also provides general healthcare, birth control, emergency contraception, HIV services, LGBT services (like hormones for transgender patients), healthcare for men, pregnancy services (including testing), and STD testing. They were a care provider for me when I was young and did not have healthcare, before the ACA was passed. The birth control they helped me gain access to helped me with my PMDD, which helped me stay in college.

    • B.B. says...

      I had this same thought. The close contact a labor and delivery nurse has with bringing forth new, pulsating life seems like it would make it difficult to advocate bringing that potential life to an end. But I loved everything about her interview – had never heard of the Ordinary before. Great rec!

    • edie says...

      thanks for the kind, eloquent responses :)

      II used to think PP did some measure of good, but after hearing from friend’s who used to work in the abortion industry, as well as discovering the misleading tactics used to support the “abortion is only 3% of our business” I’ve become averse to what they do and stand for.

      Even if they help some people lead better, longer lives, by and large they’re business involves ending it.

    • Jess says...

      Respectfully, I have a few problems with the way your (and others’) issues with Planned Parenthood are framed. First, there is no ‘abortion industry.’ Healthcare professionals who provide safe abortions aren’t akin to factory line workers assembling cars. Pregnancy is a WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUE. Interestingly, I never hear physicians who treat palliative patients and at some point remove life support to allow for death described as being ‘in the death industry.’

      The idea that being a labour and delivery nurse (therefore an essential healthcare provider to women) is a vocation that facilitates life and on the opposite end of the spectrum, organizations like Planned Parenthood are in the business of ‘fetal demise’ is a grossly simplistic and extremely dangerous way of describing both types of work. The issue is providing women with CHOICES, and ensuring that whatever they choose for their personal health, it will be provided in a SAFE way.

      It’s extremely frustrating to read/hear people describe issues related to pregnancy as being only about the fetus, or primarily about the fetus. THIS IS A WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUE, AND PREGNANT WOMEN DESERVE TO HAVE CHOICES. Planned Parenthood provides EDUCATION. They give women CHOICES. They facilitate every woman’s decision making and support her no matter which choice she makes: to carry the fetus to term and give birth and keep the baby, or to carry the fetus to term and put the baby up for adoption, or to have a safe abortion. And it’s also very frustrating that people who are anti-choice (I don’t refer to such people as pro-life because I don’t believe they are, having no consideration for the life of the pregnant woman) don’t consider the life of the woman and/or the child she was forced to carry to term and deliver, after the birth. That’s now two people who may be effected by domestic violence, extreme poverty, poor mental health, isolation from their religious/ethnic/geographic community and family…

  88. Midwives are so near and dear to my heart. I had my two babies at home and now volunteer on the board for Friends of the San Francisco Birth Center where we raise money to help low income families get access to care at the only birth center in SF. I’m so passionate about the cause, but also joined because I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye to our midwives yet!! Thank you for doing such important work, Clare!

  89. Melanie says...

    Clare: Thanks for all of your amazing work. I loved this profile.

    Can you do a beauty uniform on Shana from DecantIndex? I know and love her. She is totally worthy of a profile.

    • Yes please! I’d love to learn more about her 10 step program, and how to tailor it to individual skin types :-)

    • Molly says...

      I *also* know and adore Shana of Decantindex, and she is a great candidate for a Beauty Uniform! Her tattoos are art, and she is a perfume guru.

  90. Lucy hall says...

    Gorgeous in politics and everything. I remember my midwife shownieuws up with red lipstick and I thought, “this woman can deliver Babies and rock a red lip, I am in good hands”. And I was. Thanks for sparking that memory. And couldnt agree more on the feminism/beauty stuff.

    • Laura says...

      This brought a smile to my face! As a midwife myself, I almost never wear makeup to work. While catching babies brings me immeasurable joy, I definitely wouldn’t call it glamorous.
      That said, your comment has me rethinking my stance on makeup in the delivery room!

  91. Anon says...

    20 mins twice for skin care may seem a lot but I think its never only about skin care..its about getting ready to face the day/winding down from outside world and just spending time yourself and your thoughts..its never just skin care but self care :)

    Much respect to you for sticking to your routine after what I imagine must be long hours that too in a profession where you have to be on your feet all day!

  92. Nicole says...

    Love this beauty uniform! After reading it, I promptly ordered a lot of the products she mentioned. I think we are about the same age and I’m starting to have the same issue with fine lines. Clare’s skin is radiant, hoping the products work their magic on me too!

  93. michaela says...

    Is it just me or does Clare look exactly like Shailene Woodley? Thanks for all your hard work Clare!

    • Alyssa says...

      I thought the same!!

    • Melanie says...

      Yes!!

    • Kara says...

      Yes! I couldn’t look at any of the pictures without thinking it!

    • Cara says...

      I thought the same thing too!

    • 100% doppelgänger!

    • Caitlyn says...

      Me too! Such a crazy strong resemblance!

  94. Jacquelyn says...

    First, I love this series, and Clare is an especially engaging and empowering person to read about. I have some paradoxical discomfort with this series/particular interview – I understand that the whole premise is that we’re learning about these women’s beauty uniforms, but do we have to lead with their actual skincare/make-up products? Leading with this seems to (surely unintentionally) trivialize everything else about Clare, and because she is such a strong, confident woman with a clear vision agenda, this orientation makes me especially sad.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this particular series is about beauty, and we focus on that holistically — products, wellness, skincare, dressing up, work, family, life overall. we try to present these pieces as a whole conversation between women. since the theme of this particular series is beauty (and all that entails/encompasses), we wanted to frame this piece with that, in the same the way that you’d naturally start a conversation and then have it grow larger in scope. thank you so much!

    • Abby says...

      Hi Jacquelyn,

      I see what you are saying and it made me think. I actually like starting with a more “trivial” topic. Almost as if you are getting to know someone and having a conversation with a stranger. Seems more natural to me. Food for thought !

    • I’m with you, Jacquelyn – and I know everyone’s going to say not to read this series if you’re not interested in the beauty products, etc, and maybe they’re right. But there is something odd about this and the ‘week of outfits’ posts – like we can only be interested in a woman’s work VIA her fashion sense or beauty routine. There’s a danger that it (unintentionally) plays into society’s demand that a woman be not only successful in her work but also “beautiful”, fashionably dressed, well presented, etc. The interesting work isn’t enough. How many male-focused blogs do you think frame career interviews around aspects of personal appearance?!

    • Meg says...

      I actually really like this beauty uniform series because I see it the other way around — it takes someone’s beauty tips and then rounds those out with a quick peek into what else fulfills them and makes them even more beautiful. It’s a snapshot of a person, but obviously not a full biography or even a statement of what they most value about their lives. Kind of like the “Motherhood Around the World” series — there’s so much more to those families and places, but sometimes a glimpse is all you need to imagine that world.

      That being said, I would fully support and would love to see a series about different careers/passions that focuses on aspects of women separate from their sense of fashion/beauty regimes.

    • Natalie S says...

      Hi Jacquelyn,
      I can understand where you’re coming from, and it did make me question why I enjoyed reading this series. Aside from what Joanna said about the way this series is framed to begin a deeper conversation, I think what really stands out for me is how all of her interesting qualities including the way she sees herself, and takes care of herself through her beauty rituals are all parts of her that make her the strong intelligent woman she is! After all, beauty isn’t merely skin deep :)

    • B.B. says...

      I love the product recs so much!

  95. Ashley says...

    Thank you for sharing a Beauty Uniform of someone who has a common profession. I like all of the Beauty Uniforms, but I can’t relate to most of the professions. This was a breath of fresh air!

  96. Katie says...

    Another great beautify uniform. I felt like this one had a nice balance between the personal and specific if that makes sense!

    This is totally off topic of this post, but was on my mind today. I’d love to see a post on here sometime about how people are managing anxiety about current events. I know a thread of anxiety has been woven through many posts here and it seems like the readers and writers alike struggle with it. My own spirit is getting so worn down and worn out from so many months of trying to handle one terrible thing after another. I know a lot of other people are feeling similarly, but I’m also hopeful that there’s some collective wisdom out there that we might be able to harness to help us all stay present with our kids and families and communities and also stay involved as much as possible. Just a thought I wanted to put out there, thanks!

    • mallory says...

      Ditto! Keeping sane is becoming quite the challenge lately :(

    • Cara says...

      Totally agree and I absolutely need help with this. I have noticed that I have developed a physical reaction to reading the news and social media now (almost like my vision blurring). You are not alone! Some days I have to just take a total break from reading, but then I never don’t want to know what’s going on. I love the Cup of Jo space particularly for continually making me feel uplifted by women supporting each other.

    • Emily says...

      Katie, I feel very much the same and would love a similar post/series.

      Tangentially related, thank goodness for this wonderful community of sane, interesting, and interested women.

    • Misha says...

      I agree. xo

    • I agree, it would make a great post.

      I went through a period recently of avoiding reading/watching the news because I felt like I couldn’t take any more, but that is clearly not a reasonable or successful coping mechanism.

      I’d love to hear more from other readers about how they’re coping (or not coping) and more about what we can do to help facilitate positive change.

      I’m halfway through reading Jodi Picoult’s ‘Small Great Things’, and it’s literally making me feel sick to the stomach about the state of race relations in America. I’m so glad I’m reading the book, and it’s so sensitively written, but it’s so painful to read because it’s highlighting issues that are so commonplace these days – and that’s the really disturbing part. Reading it I feel so ‘white’, and I’m not comfortable with everything that white stands for at the moment.

      The L’Oreal sacking of Munroe Bergdorf is another face plant moment this week. It’s all a bit overwhelming. Big feeling overwhelmed isn’t going to help anyone; we need to feel powerful to make change.

      P.S. I really love the community of commenters on this blog. It’s a relief to know that, despite all the madness in the world at the moment, you’re all out there in the real world too, with your smart and thoughtful minds and hearts.

  97. Clare says...

    thank you so much ladies! you’ve made my day!

  98. Megan White says...

    What an awesome woman! Love the strong feminist vibes. This is my favorite Beauty Uniform yet

  99. Brittany L Mehta says...

    As a Midwife who just had my first baby with amazing Midwives and Nurses, this post makes me so happy! Thanks for the midwife love!!

  100. Arielle says...

    This is my absolute favorite beauty uniform post. Well done!

  101. I loved this piece! Thank you for perfectly balancing the topics of beauty, self-love, activism, work, and feminine strength…I always feel like these features speak right to me because they are about REAL women! So refreshing in these times.

    • Cynthia Miller says...

      I love how Cup of Jo mixes things up- this is a contrast to another post about beauty and feminism not too long ago that was controversial.

  102. Sonja says...

    “Beauty becomes a sidenote when you’re proud of yourself for other reasons.” There’s some wisdom to live by.

    • Rebecca says...

      I came to the comments to post the exact same thing! What a wonderful perspective. Thank you for featuring this great woman on cup of jo!

    • Rainbeau says...

      agreed! I’m going to have to write that down as a reminder

  103. I love this SO MUCH! I need to get more patience to really take care of my skin!

    Kim

  104. Kathryn says...

    Nothing but thanks and praise for women who are childbirth healthcare providers. Thank you for this fab story.

  105. Emma Bee says...

    LOVE that a midwife in training is featured here. I delivered both my kiddos with a hospital-based midwifery practice and the experience was fantastic – very patient-centered, calming, reassuring, and empowering. Wish more women had access to this kind of OB care.

  106. Loved this Beauty Uniform! Is it just me, or does she look like Shailene Woodley in certain pictures?

  107. Jen says...

    She looks like Shailene Woodley! What a beauty. I too do the 10 step Korean beauty routine and it’s absolutely has changed my face from dry flaky to moist dewy!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, she really does! i couldn’t figured out who she looked like, but you’re totally right!

  108. This is amazing! I’d love more details for how to apply the simplified ingredient-based products (like one after the other? Mixed?). Thank you for sharing your secrets — you look so dewy and fresh :)

  109. Kelly says...

    Yes to midwives! I just came from my annual exam (no, you don’t have to be pregnant to see a midwife!) and I just love the open dialogue I’ve always had with the midwives at my practice. It’s just different (and wonderful) than seeing a doctor. At least for me! Also love the advocacy work Clare is doing–keep up all the good work!

  110. linds says...

    As someone who was SO fortunate/lucky/grateful to have an amazing team of L&D nurses randomly assigned to me when I delivered my baby in the middle of the night, thank you for the work you’re doing with such passion and grace. Thank you for holding space for your laboring patients. Thank you for being an advocate for women. There’s such a huge happy place in my heart for the incredibly meaningful work y’all do (particularly because when it’s done poorly, it can do so much harm). Loved this interview!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, i absolutely loved our L&D nurse when i was having back labor with Toby. she was so encouraging. i also LOVED the nurses who helped take care of all the newborn babies and (often) bewildered new moms. they were so, so nice and comforting and made me feel so safe and supported! thanks to nurses for all they do.

    • Mere says...

      When I delivered my baby (at Mount Sinai!), I remember feeling so motivated by the amazing women in the room – the nurse, the OB, and my doula. Being surrounded by them and their encouragement was such an amazing feeling. Once my daughter was born and all the clean up was going on, I was feeling super chatty and very grateful and told them how special it was to be in a room full of such strong women. (Also, I gave birth a few days after Elizabeth Warren was rebuked on the senate floor, and throughout labor, I kept thinking, ‘nevertheless, she persisted.’)

  111. Mandy Winter says...

    I love that this beauty uniform (not that others haven’t) really spoke to both outer and inner beauty. She is a smart strong and beautiful women. I’m so happy to see someone like this really representing beauty like this!!

  112. She’s so inspiring! I needed this today. Thanks Clare & CoJ team.

  113. LOVE this!! She is beautiful, brilliant and brave.
    And really love “Beauty becomes a sidenote when you’re proud of yourself for other reasons” – like, LOVE.
    Inspired to immediately try all her skincare products and join Planned Parenthood Defenders.

    • Gen says...

      That was for sure the best line and one I want to pass along to my daughter.

  114. Jess says...

    This is great, practical beauty and skin health advice for women who, like Clare, are busy, busy, busy! She seems gorgeous inside and out. Good luck in graduate school and your advocacy work, Clare!

  115. What a lovely lady! She reminds me of shailene woodley. :)
    I can totally vouch for the same Missha and CosRx products. Love them! They are really lightweight, affordable, simple and effective! I like how they are also fragrance free!

  116. Saskia says...

    Absolutely love this beauty uniform!!
    Thank you