Why do we wear makeup? | SHE-ensya Why Series

Hello Science Fans!

We just had the 2021 Ms. Universe pageant this week! And for a few moments, the world gave a collective sigh of relief that beauty can still exist in our problematic planet.

There is much to be said about beauty pageants, and the concept of beauty. But earlier this week, I saw a viral post asking women to “stop being beautiful”, because we shouldn’t be judged based on our appearances alone.

There’s some truth to this statement, as we have suffered from objectification for very long. But what if I want to be beautiful? Not for the sake of what others think of me, but for myself? Should I be judged also — by my fellow women, at that — because I want to “look pretty” AND also be taken seriously?

For the longest time, I thought being “simple” was the only way to be, if I wanted to be viewed as a “serious scientist”. But to be frank, my appearances have nothing to do with my competencies. I can do good scientific analysis regardless of hair color, I can write SCOPUS-published papers with or without eyelash extensions, and I can teach compassionately with or without lipstick.

But I do enjoy putting on makeup, as an art, as a form of self expression. And as women, heck as people, I don’t think we should let other people tell us how we should look, as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody else.

PS: PLEASE STILL WEAR PROPER LAB GEAR IN THE LAB – lab gowns, closed shoes, long pants, etc.

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

3 responses to “Why do we wear makeup? | SHE-ensya Why Series”

    • Me too! When I worked everyday in the lab, my hair was always in a bun — that’s why the artist who drew the icon for SHE-ensya had my hair in a bun, too. It’s so convenient!

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