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Dear Abby: Teen suicide reverberates with friend

Dear Abby: My 15-year-old daughter’s best friend took her life today. My daughter is devastated.

As a parent, I don’t know what to do. I’m afraid to go to bed this evening because I want her to fall asleep before me. It hurts not being able to take that pain from your child. I want to hold her in my arms tonight. She needs her space, but I don’t know how to help her.

– How Do I Take the Pain Away

Dear How: The smartest thing you and the parents of other friends of the deceased girl can do is to see that your children have access to grief counseling by a professional. When a tragedy like this happens, many schools offer it to the students, but if this isn’t being offered at your daughter’s school, then the parents should step in.

Is makeup a job necessity?

Dear Abby: I am 22 and will graduate from college soon. I have worked hard for the last four years and will graduate with two degrees.

Recently, I decided to throw away all my makeup. Now that I’m about to enter the job market, I’m worried that society won’t see me as looking professional without it. Is makeup a necessary part of the business attire?

I want to go into job interviews with as much confidence as possible and do well in my career. Also, if I wear makeup to an interview, will it be necessary for me to wear it on a daily basis once I get a job? Please enlighten me.

– Bare and Beautiful

Dear B and B: Employers expect applicants to put their best foot forward during a job interview. But unless wearing makeup is part of the job description, I don’t think it’s a requirement.

How others will view you depends upon how well you perform the job for which you’re hired. If you do it well, you will be respected. If you don’t, no amount of makeup will put you in a better light.

Being well-groomed does not necessarily mean wearing makeup.