Greetings from the academic front lines fellow rogues!
Recently, I discovered another, wonderful beauty adventurer at Auxiliary Beauty. We got to chatting, and discovered that we are, in many respects, Antipodean Twins. Part of this naturally evolved into a discussion/rant about the battles that we face every day at university when academia and makeup clash (just try and get two grad students not to talk/complain about grad school, I dare you). Despite being in different faculties, despite being in different countries, the problem remains the same: how do you enjoy your love for makeup, while retaining the respect of your colleagues?
So! We decided to join forces in this battle, have a bit of a chat about it, and share a couple of things: the ‘look’ we feel we can get away with, and then what we’d like to wear if people wouldn’t dismiss us for it. :-D You can head over to Auxiliary beauty for her perspective here – hope you find this interesting!
Right: straight up, here’s my dilemma:
As you can see from this picture, my ambitions somewhat exceed what I feel is ‘allowed’ in my workplace. Now, this is the cruel joke of the university – although it’s technically completely open and free when it comes to expressing yourself, and although in many instances you may actually be *paying* to be there (which you would think would free you to wear whatever you damn well wanted) ..it’s a bit of an illusion. The core problem here isn’t really so different to the issue experienced by women everywhere, as we confront the frustrating juxtaposition of ‘you should look perfect at all times’…’oh, but we shouldn’t be able to *see* you looking perfect’. However, being a female academic places an additional stress on the situation. Didn’t you know? You can’t like/wear makeup and be intelligent at the same time! And, don’t forget, the primary thing in academia is to make sure everyone knows how smart you are AT ALL TIMES.
Sarcasm aside, and as galling as it is to have to ‘prove’ your intellect to people with the emotional age of a primary school child, I don’t really want to turn this into too much of an angry rant. That’s pointless. We rogues have better, sneakier ways of getting around the issue, don’t we? While I will occasionally just go all out and wear some bold makeup (usually lipstick, because it’s easier to touch up and take off if you have to), most days I actually don’t have time in the morning for a full-on, scintillating eye makeup look. We don’t want to scare all the delicate professors either, now, do we?
There are many other, better discussions of sexism, misogyny, double standards and feminism, and I don’t pretend to be the voice of my gender. But is it too much to ask to be able to put on a bit of lipstick without worrying that you’re going to be passed over as a brainless waste of space whose only function is to distract the real academics from their work? If you’re all so smart, fellow (older, male – and female!) academics, please explain to me the research that indicates that my blue eyeshadow decreases both my brain capacity and function?
Alright, let me climb off my soapbox for a second, and we’ll take a look at some practical solutions for the besieged grad student beauty lover:
In the first picture above, for the ‘everyday look’ I am wearing precisely two products: Urban Decay’s eyeshadow in ‘Sin’ over the lid, and their 24/7 liner in ‘Demolition’ in the upper waterline. I’ve curled my lashes and am ready to go in under 2 minutes. It gives me a little bit of sparkle, and the curlers wake up my eyes, but isn’t overt or time-intensive. In the lip picture above, I’ve selected a recent ‘nude’ favourite, Revlon’s Lacquer Balm in Demure (review). Once again, it has a little colour and a bit of happy sparkle, but it’s not going to give any deans a heart attack. Alternatively, there is any of my arsenal of favourite sheer corals.
In the blue eyeshadow look, I’m wearing UD Haight over the lid, Sephora Pool Party in the crease and inner third, UD Money in the very inner corner and Bare Minerals Chameleon over the whole thing for a bit more sparkle. The same pattern (except for the Bare Minerals) is repeated on my lower lash line. It’s all topped off with some UD Chaos 24/7 liner and Clinique mascara (review here) on curled lashes. Did I mention I have a thing for blue eyeshadow?
So, what are the lips I’d like to be able to bust out whenever I wanted? Well, of course there are MUFE 15, MUFE 49 (for a purple kick), and EL Rich Red or Revlon Fire and Ice (for a punch of blood red), or how about EL Fuchsia Fever for a slash of pink? Don’t mind the violent themes here, I’m fine, really *twitch* :-P It’s no secret that I have a well stocked bandolier when it comes to bright lipsticks, but the one I’m currently busy looking for the right opportunity to wear is a new favourite (review coming soon!):
Obviously, I could circumvent the issue by just wearing no makeup at all. It’s not essential, my life doesn’t depend on it (although my career might, sadly). But that’s not the point – as liberal and intellectually sophisticated as many (if not most) academics like to think they are, they still fall short on this: I should be able to wear makeup *if I want to*, without anyone thinking less of me for it. Besides, I’d like to see all these highly skilled individuals blend four eyeshadows together with a pinky finger as your only tool… ;-)
Right, well, I feel I should draw things to a close here, lest I succumb to the temptation to go off on an all-daggers-drawn rogue-feminist rant! Obviously, the negatives I’m discussing aren’t universal – there are plenty of lovely, friendly, non-discriminating people at universities and everywhere, but of course they aren’t part of the problem! I hope you’ve found something interesting here – do you find it hard to wear the makeup you really want to at work/university? Is is just the way things are (uniform/rules), or is there just plain old discrimination going on? Don’t forget to hop on over to Auxiliary Beauty for her (frankly much more eloquent!) take on this issue! :-D
Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!
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