I’ve been meaning to rant about makeup and academia in general. Well, someone else just did, and eloquently, too. Lesson: if you procrastinate for long enough, someone will get exasperated and do it for you. 😀
I am referring to this post by Sylirael of The Painted Rogue, written in cooperation with Auxiliary Beauty – both also doctoral students. Very much recommended reading. The only thing I would elaborate on: I think one of the big things that makes makeup unprofessional is that makeup is girly. Women may have infested the hallowed halls, but the very least they could do is act like men.
Their posts included “what I’d like to do/what I actually do” pix, and in the spirit of solidarity, so shall I. And what I like to do most is experiment.
First, since I got the OCC Lip Tars largely because you can make arbitrary colors with them… I did! I love green, but in retrospect a little more muting would have made it look better on me. This is pretty crayola. Nonetheless, experiment 1: informative! This covered as well as the blue and doesn’t look as outright weird as the yellow.
I failed to take a picture of my lips with nothing on. It’s better for everyone, really.
The reason this took so long to post: I did a coordinated eye look, and it was a total failure. Specifically, it looked interesting, but it photographed terribly. That’s what research is, right? Trying things and having them fail? I tried to convince myself to post failpix (researchers are terrible about publishing negative results), but in the end, no. So. Now it’s later.
Silver liner, silver shadow with green accents, plus mascara. It’s hard to show, but it’s VERY sparkly, which is really all that makes it interesting.
Not, I hope you will agree, particularly over the top (despite the sparkling). But I wouldn’t wear it interviewing or to a conference for fear of the dread Not Being Taken Seriously. Not because I think engineers are allergic to silver (that would suck for our robots) but because it is quite noticeable that I’m wearing makeup.
Am I saying I want to wear green lipstick to work and have sparkly eyes all the time? Nope. Mr. Fix-It dislikes makeup on me, and mornings are always tight. It would be very occasional. Plus, you know… when I bitch, I always think about Amanda at Pretty Girl Science, who has to wear nail polish (!) that is “conservative and simple,” with no other guidelines. (Aka, I know it when I see it, and I’ll yell at you then. Written rules are not always better than unwritten.) But you know, that’s pretty much garbage too.
In summary, Dear Academia: I’m training up to be an engineer and a researcher, and it annoys the fuck out of me when I’m not allowed to try new things.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.†
* A note on coverage. I complained that this stuff feathers; the internet’s answer is “you’re using too much.” I am not. I can spread the most opaque color so thin you can clearly see skin through it, and it feathers. Gr!
† Oh, almost. At heart, I will always be both a costumer and a HUGE ham, and I had tools out, so this happened.