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My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

Lindsey is a materials engineer based in Portland, Oregon. She also runs The Engineeress, an Instagram feed where she talks about life as a woman in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and hopes to encourage more women to join her. Here, she shares tips on tackling imposter syndrome and her (hilarious) secret to finding the perfect nude lipstick…

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

Tee: Coffee & Coded.

Can you describe your job?
I’m a materials engineer. We focus on why materials act the way they do, and how we can change them. I build new electronic materials — so, basically, the devices that are in your phone and computer.

How do you get ready for the day?
I’m not a morning person, so I’ve been trying different methods of waking myself up. A friend recently gave me an Amazon Echo as a present, and I use that as my alarm clock now. I set it up so it goes through a whole routine: it tells me the weather, reads me the news, and tells me how much traffic is on my route to work. It has really helped.

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

What’s your morning skincare routine?
I usually stumble into the bathroom, brush my teeth and wash my face. Most of my skin products are from Paula’s Choice, a Seattle-based company that is just amazing. Their products are research-based, and I really believe in what they do. I start with their RESIST Perfectly Balanced Facial Cleanser, and then I use their BHA 2% exfoliant — which is their best-selling product. It really gets into your pores and unclogs them, so it’s awesome at preventing acne. It also makes your pores look smaller and reduces blackheads.

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

Do you use a moisturizer?
I finish with Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture for combination skin. At work, I often wear a hardhat or a mask, and I think it’s helpful to have some kind of barrier on your skin whenever something’s touching your face.

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

What makeup do you like?
I always use eyeshadow as eyeliner. It has a softer vibe, and that’s kind of my ‘look.’ Using an angled brush, I apply a thicker line on the outside of my eye, then really lightly on the inside. I use the awesome Naked palettes by Urban Decay and the Sephora Collection circular eyeshadow pucks, which work very well.

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

Do you change it up for nights out?
I use Sephora Collection bronzer for contouring. And for highlighter, I really like Benefit’s High Beam — the one that looks like a nail polish bottle. I use it on my cheekbones and brow bone, and it creates such a nice, lit-up effect.

Do you ever wear lipstick?
I like to wear a natural, matte lip, and I discovered a great trick recently: If you want to find the perfect natural tone on your lips, you should look for a shade that matches your nipple! It really does work. Isn’t that funny?

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

What kind of hair care products do you use?
I’ve had psoriasis since I was in high school, so I always use Head & Shoulders deep moisture shampoo and conditioner to help reduce flakes. Then I use a spray from Aussie called Sprunch. When I first moved to Portland, my hair started doing this thing where the middle section would be super curly but the lower third would be straight. It looked so weird, because gravity is supposed to work in the OPPOSITE direction. I started using the spray on the bottom, which gives my curls some lift.

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

Do you get any special treatments?
Yes, I always have a manicure — almond shaped, with gel polish. It’s kind of funny because as an engineer, I wear gloves at work. But for me, it’s just one of those things that makes me happy.

Any body care products you really like?
Vaseline works well for SO many things. I use it on my lips every night, and I never have chapped lips, even in the winter. Every other night, I put it under my eyes. I have lots of dark under-eye pigment — one of those genetic things I’m always trying to combat. But on the days I use Vaseline, it’s not as dark when I wake up. Any hand or cuticle issue? Or inflamed skin from a hangnail? I just dab some Vaseline on, and it makes it better.

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

Tee: Coffee & Coded.

You’ve talked a lot on social media about dealing with imposter syndrome as a woman in STEM. Is that still something you grapple with?
Yes, regularly! I wish I didn’t, but it’s very common for women in STEM — and people in engineering, in general. I remember a period in college where I was constantly thinking someone would find my application and be like, ‘Why is this girl here? This was an accident. We shouldn’t have admitted her.’ Then I took a course on leadership in engineering, and the phrase ‘imposter syndrome’ came up. It hit me: ‘Oh my god, THAT’S what this is.’ It helped to put a name to it. I try to remind myself of objective achievements — things that are tangible — and remember that I’m completely qualified for my job.

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

I imagine it’s hard to totally avoid those worries when you’re outnumbered by men.
I always had close guy friends growing up, so it feels natural for me to be around guys — and my team is all men. Fifteen of them, and me. But it does sometimes hit me that I’m the only woman, and that’s an uncomfortable feeling. When we’re all in a room together, I’m very aware that they’ve never had the experience of being the only male in the workplace.

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

Tell us about why you started The Engineeress.
It originally started with me wanting to inspire girls and women to get into STEM. But over time, I realized that wasn’t exactly the impact I was having. It was more that I was helping women to stay in STEM. And staying in STEM, in my mind, is even more important than getting into it. Because there are still far fewer women in these fields, it can be hard to stay. And if we can get more women to stay, it’ll have a ripple effect that will affect those young women and girls who are on the fence about joining. If young girls can see large cohorts of women in this industry, that will have a big impact. I’m not backing down from it.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I loved problem-solving from a very young age, but it wasn’t until early high school that I realized I needed to be an engineer. I love that I get to solve new problems every day. No one likes every aspect of what they do, but the parts I enjoy far outweigh everything else (paperwork, emails, etc.). When I complete an impactful project, I feel so proud of all my hard work.

My Beauty Uniform: The Engineeress

Thank you so much, Lindsey! We LOVE what you’re doing!

P.S. More women share their beauty uniforms, including a Netflix star chef and a San Francisco painter.

  1. Nicole Brant says...

    Echoing the love for Paula’s Choice! I’ve used her products for 17 years now and I constantly am told how beautiful my skin looks. It’s all thanks to PC!

  2. Gabriela says...

    Where does she get those shirts?? I love the one!

  3. Love the tshirt! I’m a full stack engineer and this would be perfect for the all female team I’m building right now!

  4. Ruth says...

    I’m an assistant professor in the humanities (in Europe) – so the sartorial codes are different, but the imposter syndrome and male-dominated environment aren’t! Love the Girls just wanna have FUNding tee :)

  5. Elizabeth says...

    Totally compared my favorite nude lipsticks to my nipples – my go-to, never fail, favorite one I always gets compliments on matches perfectly!! DYING!

    I feel that I have imposter syndrome in my role as a tax accountant, even though we have a high number of women in my office (we might even outrank all the men). My cube (formerly) sat across from a few different VP’s offices and I was consistently asked questions as if I was their secretary (or admin assistant for the PC co-horts). It baffles me that I am assumed to be someone’s AA (all white male VP’s if you will). This is also my 2nd career and being in my early 30’s I often feel as if I don’t belong in this setting or that one day someone will realize that I am not good enough, that I am not actually qualified. I have to regularly remind myself that I DO have the degree and I have proven myself and my team believes in me and supports me. Maybe one day it will end… or maybe I won’t feel it every day.

    • Lizzie says...

      As an AA, I’m always baffled about why this is such an insult to so many women…

    • H says...

      Short answer, the power, responsibility, and respect people work long and hard to achieve. I am sure you would not like to be called a receptionist. It doesn’t mean they aren’t important.

  6. Donna says...

    Where can we get her t-shirt collection!?!?

  7. Caiti says...

    Such a good point about women STAYING in STEM. The “Leaky Pipeline” as they call it is feeling very real, as I watch many women I went to grad school with leave academia before making it to a tenure track position. I just started my own lab with 2 small kids at home. There are lots of small things that I notice that don’t effect my male colleagues as much – I can’t make it to happy hours at 6:30 PM, I have to schedule my meetings, etc. around pumping, … I have been discouraged from requesting a tenure clock extension for the birth of my 2nd child because I “won’t need it.” And just the feeling of being one of the only women and not sure if you’re smart enough to be there is a constant drain.

    Also: girls just want to have FUNding t-shirt purchased!!!

  8. Maggie says...

    Lindsey is awesome. I am not in STEM, but women like her make me glad that my daughter will grow up with role models like this if she does want to go into it. Thanks, Lindsey!

  9. shannon says...

    The imposter syndrome topic is one I’d enjoy reading more about. My husband and I are in very different fields (I’m a counselor; he’s in academia). We both experience imposter syndrome. I’m especially curious about how to maintain humility and openness to feedback and new ideas about how to do things while also having some more confidence.

  10. emily d says...

    “And staying in STEM, in my mind, is even more important than getting into it.”
    YES YES YES. currently in the “grasping at the edge of the table” rather than the “lean in” years of my career (two tiny kids, increased growth and responsibility at work, etc etc). every time i’m ready to quit, i just think of how few older women (especially moms who seem happy with their mothering and family life) i know in my STEM world. and how i have two daughters who are so amazing. and so many younger female colleagues who are also amazing. we can do it. thank you, cup of jo team, for highlighting another spectacular person : )

    • marci says...

      “Grasping at the edge of the table” yes! I am there too, however not in a STEM field. It’s hard enough in a career that is more gender balanced, so I could see why staying in the STEM field would be difficult as one enters the Mom years.

  11. Kim says...

    I just want to echo the love for Paula’s Choice. The products are amazing and she also has the beautypedia.com which scientifically reviews thousands of products. So often, magazines for blogs recommend products and it is fun to look them up and see how many skim damaging ingredients are in them. This site has seriously saved me thousands of dollars in bad product over the years.

  12. Michèle says...

    Hmmm. I really, REALLY, want to know how to compare the colour of my nipple to the lipsticks while at the beauty counter…

    • Lisa says...

      That’s exactly what I was wondering, haha!

    • Leigh says...

      My first thought as well!

    • Rachel says...

      If it helps, I’ve heard someone manage this trick in public by taking a picture of their nipple in private, then zooming in to the point where it’s just a blur of the color they want, and cropping the image for reference at the store. Then you’ve got a color swatch AND you’re not gonna scandalize anyone in the beauty aisle.

  13. Jamie says...

    I’ve been working in consulting as a hydrogeologist for 18 years and I STILL am waiting to get called out at any second for being a mistake. Impostor syndrome is all too real.

  14. Jessica says...

    Yes! And while we’re asking about her outfits, the off-the-shoulder sweater and studded black jeans as well, please!

  15. Danielle says...

    Imposter syndrome! When I first became a physician, I so didn’t feel legitimate enough to call myself Doctor –. So I went for almost a year introducing myself by my full name and then my role: Resident Physician. Turns out, people don’t actually know what that means, so they kept asking me when they were going to see the doctor… or they’d tell me what the “Doctor” (Read, older appearing male medical student) told them earlier. I finally worked up the courage to just introduce myself as Doctor Lastname with the justification that it improves patient understanding, and now, years into the process, I actually believe it when I say it out loud. The lesson, then, was start claiming your title with words when it’s factually correct, even when you don’t feel it… and you’ll believe it sooner yourself.

    (Of course, calling myself by my title when I do introductions doesn’t stop people from telling me what “the other nurse” said, or deferring to the male medical student in the room, or asking me when they’ll see the doctor…. but that’s a rant for another day.)

  16. Savannah says...

    1. Portland is weird for hair. I have lived here my entire life and my roots are constantly frizzing and jacked up and the rest of my hair is a completely different texture and it’s gotta be the water.

    2. Imposter syndrome is real. I’m having the roughest time with it, transitioning into my first STEM job (software) and my god, I just have to keep telling myself it’ll go away. In a few years. Maybe.

  17. Laura Wentzel says...

    such an inspiring interview! And she has the BEST hair!

  18. Krystyna says...

    Love this!! She seems awesome, and her style is A+++. Any chance she’d be willing to link to some of her clothing too??

  19. Nina says...

    I love her Tees.

  20. SarahN says...

    This may just be the chorus of angels I’ve been waiting for.

    I have an electrical engineering degree and a decade in the field. In Feb, my year’s contract at the govt was cut short (from April) and since then I’ve been wondering “what next”. Truth be told, I left a secure job to go to the contract to dip my toe in something other than my experience in a utility. And proved: holy heck I know stuff; and after my colleague retired, I was the only person in my team who knew THIS stuff! Nonetheless, I didn’t gel with management, so wasn’t sad to be done.

    But; it’s the line that says, it’s not about getting women into STEM, it’s getting them to stay. I want to be that person. I can stay (or I can go). I’ve been proud to be an engineer; I don’t think I’ll own being the alternative jobs/careers I’ve considered in quite the same way. Thank you

  21. NN says...

    Anyone else trying to covertly look at their nipples at work? XP

    • Kim says...

      Raises hand.

  22. Lindsey! This is such a great interview. You are inspiring and insightful as always! Keep up the good work. And thanks so much for including photos in your COFFEE & CODED Tees :)

  23. Rachel says...

    Lovely to see another woman in STEM featured here!

    Regarding imposter syndrome, I’m in academia, and someone once made a comment about it that I found really helpful in combating my imposter-feelings before interviewing for my first professor position. They pointed out that it was unlikely that I was clever enough to have fooled all of the people who let me into grad school, all of the reviewers and editors who allowed my work to get published, all the experts who graded my dissertation, all the grant collaborators who chose me for my postdoc position, all of the members of the hiring committee who shortlisted me for this job, and all 5 of the phone interviewers in my first round interview before I was invited for an on-campus interview. And if I was smart enough to have fooled ALL of these people, then I probably deserved the job anyway!

    • hist says...

      Fellow academic here just starting a junior faculty position. THANK YOU.

      I’m off to repeat this to all of my brilliant work friends, most of whom are women and people of color who suffer from this…

    • HH says...

      From one academic to another, this is brilliant!!!

  24. Meg says...

    Amazing post..
    Being a female Mechanical Engineer in a field dominated by Men, I loved her story and approach towards life..
    Cliched career choices are so lame…

    • Rhiannon says...

      I loved her story and life approach too! I also appreciated that she is focused on getting women to stay in STEM as opposed to just recruiting. However, I think it’s harsh to describe cliched career choices as “so lame”. I don’t think it’s right to pigeon-hole someone into a traditional career based on their gender. But some women (and men) choose to work in a cliched career because they are drawn to it and truly love it. My twin sister is an engineer for a large oil company. As much as I admire her and her work, the STEM field has never appealed to me as a career path. I choose a more cliched career as an ER nurse, and I have to say, I love my job and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

  25. liz says...

    I also have that — half of my hair is straight/half is curly/wavy issue. It’s the f-ing weirdest. No hairdresser I’ve met seems to understand or sympathize. They just look at me like I’m nutzo when I try to explain it to them.
    //
    I think I’m going to give the RESIST Perfectly Balanced Facial Cleanser and their BHA 2% exfoliant a try — noooooooothing seems to help my skin. :/
    //
    last thought: Are those studs on the sides of her black jeans in the last picture? they look awesome!!

  26. Katie Larissa says...

    Haha! Post-nursing I would have to buy super dark brown lipstick, if I followed that little tip!

    • Cooper says...

      Haha, I immediately thought the same thing!

  27. txilibrin says...

    Thanks for replying!!!!!!!!! I was blown away!
    I hate returning lipstick, I feel it is a waste as they cannot sell them again so my “let’s save the environment” side feels really guilty :(

  28. Angela says...

    ALERT: PAULAS CHOICE IS ON ZULILY
    TODAY!!!!

  29. Amanda says...

    As a fellow female engineer, I understand feeling out of place sometimes or that you have to prove yourself when you’re the only woman. Love seeing the STEM posts and comments from other engineers! (Note, I always wear Burt’s Bees Almond Butter hand lotion under my gloves. It makes my hand and cuticles look great!).

  30. Sarah says...

    Awesome beauty uniform and as a woman in tech I super appreciate hearing from someone in STEM! And thanks for introducing me to Coffee and Coded tees- I’ve ordered a tee that I’m hoping comes in time for my next conference presentation.

    • lilly says...

      I just did the same! Conference is in June, come on, shipping. will look rad with a blazer.

    • lilly says...

      lolol didn’t realize that would comment out as though it was a valid tag. Meant to read as “end patriarchy” will look rad with a blazer :D

  31. Cindy says...

    Love the sandals in the bicycle pic – where can i find them (besides her closet…)? Love STEM and am in an engineering role myself (though not a degreed engineer) in a steel mill. Fascinating!

  32. Sydni Jackson says...

    Oh my gosh I love all of this! She’s so beautiful and bright, and I love the message encouraging women to be confident in their strengths!

  33. Lauren says...

    Thank you for featuring another woman in STEM! Also for the reminder that I can also fill my social media with more people in fields like me, to show that yes, there are other women at the table, even if there aren’t any in my meetings most days.

  34. Mary says...

    Love this, and thank you for featuring a woman in STEM. I did engineering for my undergrad, but was unfortunately not someone who stayed in the field (not because of the gender imbalance, but through a switch in interest in career/field). But I will say that even in school, it was hard not to be acutely aware of how few woman there were. My university has made great leaps and strides to change this, including hiring a growing number of women faculty, but there is still a huge distance to go. I hated my undergrad experience because of the culture and how masculine/bro-y it was, and the expectation that as a girl if you were to fit in and be ‘cool’ you had to present yourself as someone who was okay with sexist jokes and being “one of the guys”.

  35. Juultje says...

    You know what’s funny. I’m from the Netherlands and “stem” means “voice” in Dutch, so she chose the right word ☺️

  36. Ummm those tees are AMAZING! Yeah for women in STEM!

  37. Barb says...

    Loved this!

  38. Juliet says...

    You are seriously punking us! You can’t take your sweet nipple out in the cosmetics aisle!!

  39. Amy says...

    Love this! Love her blog, love her tees, love her outlook on life and being a woman leader in STEM. I work in a college of engineering that is running as fast as possible to achieve gender parity – we are close with our incoming first year classes, but retention is really tricky. Everything in this post resonated – what an awesome woman!!

  40. Kim says...

    Thanks for featuring a woman in a STEM career!

    My nipples already match my lips, so I feel like that’s a win for me. My nipples stayed the same color after kids, is that abnormal? My hair however, dark dark and darker. Bodies are weird.

    • Kristie says...

      Ha! This reminds me that I was googling nipple colour changing??? When I was pregnant and now I totally forgot what they looked like before. Bodies are so weird (and interesting!)

  41. Julia says...

    I love this! I’ve been in IT for 20 years, and women leaving STEM roles is a real issue. It’s not easy to stay for a variety of reasons, and I applaud any and all efforts to encourage women and make environments and cultures more inclusive. Also, I love your tshirts!

  42. Leanne says...

    Pantone match at home and bring the swatch…?

    • Neela says...

      Hahaha!

    • Em says...

      hahah brilliant.

    • STEPH says...

      Haha, right?! How do I implement this new trick? :)

    • liz says...

      genius! haha

  43. Ana says...

    Cup of Jo, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for featuring a female engineer who also is a materials engineer. That’s what I am! It is so rare to find a fellow materials engineer let alone another female materials engineer.

    I loved her words on being the only female member on the team. It is definitely something that can be tricky to deal with, but I have found that talking about it with your teammates help them better understand and it eases that uncomfortable feeling.

  44. Claire says...

    Literally the other day I was just thinking that I would love to see another beauty uniform for a woman working in STEM! So perfect! As another woman in science, I always love to see more visibility, and to see what other cool ladies in STEM are up to (and wearing!) (: Science and style aren’t mutually exclusive, and I love that this series helps showcase that.

    Also those tees!

  45. Lil says...

    Great beauty uniform. I love Paula’s Choice as well. But, LOl, that nipple trick for nude lipstick sure doesn’t work for brown folk!

    • Kahani says...

      exactly!

    • Kathy says...

      East Asian woman here! The nipple trick doesn’t work for me, either.

  46. Emmie says...

    My nipples are dark brown :)

    • tod says...

      haha mine too :-)))

  47. Julie says...

    I think my lips are already the same color as my nipples???

  48. elg says...

    Love all the t-shirts and want to check out Paula’s Choice products. And out of concern, not judgment I’ve gotta say — petroleum jelly?! It truly is a petroleum by-product — like crude oil/gasoline. Of course, it’s “purified,” but lots of unnecessary chemicals. Joanna, please tell Lindsey there are alternatives! Her beautiful skin deserves alternatives. We’ve always used Un Petroleum Multi-Purpose Non-Petroleum Jelly though there are others. My mama was a vaseline fan and used it for everything so I had to find a healthier sub.

    • Beth says...

      I was thinking the same thing!

    • Rachel says...

      Um, she is a material engineer. My guess is she is well aware of what petroleum jelly is made from!

  49. Nix says...

    Love !!!

  50. Savannah says...

    I love the nipple matching advice but I’m giggling about it- I’m pregnant and my match would NOT be a perfect nude right now!

  51. Alexandra says...

    Way to go, Lindsey. I am not directly in STEM, but I do work for a technology company with lots of engineers, at least 80% guys. There is a movement though to further women and girls in sciences, and I am so happy to see it. We have quite a sizeable group of women engineers, which is creating a clear voice when it comes to women in STEM. Thank you for the great post, shows that women engineers can be very fashionable and cool!

  52. STEPHANIE O'NEILL says...

    I love her flair highrise jeans, where did she get those?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’ll ask!

    • Sigrid says...

      Yay, thanks for asking because I was wondering the same thing :)

  53. Hani says...

    Yeaaah a fellow Paula’s Choice fan! Been a loyal customer for a decade& always check the beauty uniforms to see if anyone else has discovered the awesomeness 😄

    • Jenny says...

      Yes, me too!

    • Callie says...

      Me too!! Diehard fan ;-)

    • Elizabeth says...

      Me too! It’s reasonably priced and has worked wonders on my skin!

  54. AY says...

    Um, is that you Allison Williams?

  55. Carly says...

    Ha I had the same thought! I didn’t realize that changed for other women too

  56. Shana says...

    Fellow woman in STEM and Materials Engineer here! I manage a team of 14 men and I often struggle with impostor syndrome ugh….I must know where your STEMinist tshirt is from!! That would be a great one to wear on casual Friday :)

  57. Emily D. says...

    So happy to see a shout out for Paula’s Choice products. They’ve been my go-to for a while and as a fellow scientist, I too appreciate the published research based approach to their products. I cannot live without their 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant. Even got my sister hooked on them. She thought the name was funny and made fun of me for years… and then had to borrow face products from me on a trip and went home and ordered the whole line :)

  58. Maggie says...

    Hi guys!!! Quick question: what product does Lindsey uses to straighten her hair? It looks beautiful either way, but
    I need serious help with my curly hair!! Thanks.

  59. Whitney says...

    I love how these Beauty Uniforms have become less about what products someone wears and more about their philosophy on life and self care. After all, beauty really is a result of someone’s outlook on life and self, rather than a complicated skincare routine.

  60. Nigerian Girl says...

    Love your T-shirts, Lindsey. And your dog. So adorable. A real life Ghost from Game of Thrones. I’m familiar with the nude-lip-nipple-trick, which doesn’t work for me unfortunately. I once read a beauty article that said if you’re searching for a flattering nude lipstick, you should look for a shade that matches another sensitive body part. I’d rather not name it, lest anyone finds this offensive.

    • Viv says...

      There’s a scene in the Australian film “Sleeping Beauty” (NOT to be confused with the fairy tale of the same name…very different plot line, eek!) where the main character is required to do just this! I sometimes think of that scene when checking out lipstick.

  61. txilibrin says...

    Sooo, the nipple trick I think is a good one (although I’m pregnant and they are dark as hell right now). But, do you go to Sephora and just pull it out and put lipstick on????????????????
    I honestly have no clue as to how you can make sure it matches your nipple…

    And now I cannot stop thinking your lips have the same color as your nipples. Sorry, I’m a bit stupid :D :D :D

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha good question! she told us that she goes to the drugstore and buys a couple so she can test them at home. :)

  62. Ll says...

    Woman in tech here! When I was 23, I landed a job in IT where I was the only woman. I was the youngest, and the only woman. Happened so many times that people walked past me, assumed I belonged to another team, or just didn’t believe I knew the job. What helped? Honestly, having the best team of men around me. When someone mistakenly sent out an email stating I was an IT manager, no one corrected it an my boss said “well it could have been true, let them believe it”. When someone went over my head for no reason, he would sometimes pretend he didn’t know the answer and refer them to me “as she knows everything that happens in this place”. Slowly but surely, I gained the respect I deserved. Fight on, all women in STEM!

    • Sonja says...

      Your boss sounds like seriously awesome and aware guy! I’m so glad they’re there to balance out all the other horrible stories!

  63. Jenny says...

    Police officer : “So can you please explain why you’ve been thrown out of Sephora?”
    Me: “Just needed that perfect nude shade.”
    Cracked me up! But she is awesome! Hurrah for all the other STEM ladies out there. x

    • Laura says...

      LOL! ♥️😊

  64. Sarah D. says...

    Yes Lindsey!! Love your style, social justice tees, nipple lipstick…could go on and on. Thank you for sharing and for holding the door open for other women!! So inspired by you.

  65. Marie says...

    “…but it wasn’t until early high school that I realized I needed to be an engineer. ” I love that you NEED to do what you do!
    And as someone who is often one of the very few women in the room at work, I strongly support your approach of recruiting and retaining.

  66. Roxy says...

    Love this series, and reading about all the cool women out there doing interesting work!

    I have heard the nipple matching thing before but still don’t understand how you’re supposed to do this. Do I look down my shirt in Sephora? Take a pic of my nipple and hold it up to various lipsticks? Or do other people just have an image of their nipple color seared in their brains? Help!

  67. Tara says...

    Love this! Definitely need some sources for those great t-shirts.

  68. liz says...

    such a great beauty uniform! she’s beautiful and seems super awesome!! love these tips

  69. Kathleen says...

    Love this Beauty Uniform and Lindsey’s message, especially the photos of her at work!

  70. Justine says...

    Love this post. And not entirely because I had a good laugh picturing Cup of Jo readers around the world trying to discretely peek into their bras to determine their nipple color while standing in the lipstick aisle of their local makeup departments, lol.

  71. Monica says...

    So I just open my shirt in the middle of Ulta, or what?

  72. Claire says...

    Women in STEM, unite! But first… where are all your fabulous t-shirts from? We need to be visible ;)

    • Lisa says...

      Yes, yes, yes! Women in STEM (with awesome shirts)!

    • Ainsley says...

      It looks like some are them are from here! (I went digging through her insta to find the shirt!) https://shopcoffeeandcoded.com

    • Natalie F. says...

      YES!! I was about to ask that same thing. I’d love to gift them to my coworkers.

    • Ellie says...

      shopcoffeeandcoded.com : )

    • beks says...

      right?!

      I attended my niece’s high school graduation last night. Over the past month she has been addressing the state senate & Governor on a behalf of Girls Who Code and will be doing an internship this summer at Google before starting her CS degree at Western Washington University.

      My heart is bursting with pride and I want to buy her ALL THE SHIRTS!

  73. Christa says...

    Where, oh where!, did Lindsey get her “Girls just wanna have FUNding” shirt?!?!

    • A says...

      Yes, please. I want one too!

    • Ellie says...

      shopcoffeeandcoded.com : )

  74. Julia says...

    Thanks for your words Lindsey!! I’m a woman working in STEM and I’m so glad that I decided to stay! There were a few years where I was seriously looking into switching out, but instead left the uncomfortably ‘boys club’ firm I was at. I’m so happy at my office now and there are women in almost all areas of technical work here! It’s very exciting.

  75. Abby says...

    A question about matching the nude shade to my nipple: should I match it to the color before or after having babies?

    • S says...

      That means you get two perfect nude shades! I think the idea is just that your nipples are a part of your body so if you match to them, you’re going to end up with a shade that looks really natural on you because it’s a color that already appears on your body.

    • Tricia says...

      Haha, I was wondering the same thing. :)

    • Nora says...

      HAH! I literally just spit my coffee out.
      And on a different note, I think this only applies to Caucasian people. Brown and black people have dark brown nipples. If I wore lipstick the color of my nipples, I’d be rocking the goth look, which is fine, but def not neutral!

    • KM says...

      hahah, I’m pregnant and had the same thought! Great idea/concept, but definitely not one that I could follow right now (or maybe ever again.)

    • Lisa says...

      I was thinking the same LOL! (For me, it would definitely be before…)

    • Andrea says...

      Yes, and related question… what are the logistics for successfully matching color to your nipple – do u take a picture of your nipple to the store with you? Or do you order a bunch online that might be a close match and then return? I’m intrigued…

    • Blair says...

      Two things, if I matched my lipstick to my current nipples it would be BRIGHT red not sure that is nude!

      Second, oh man do I relate, I am a scientist and my first position had me manage a team of 20 men, most at least a generation older than myself. Sheer will and a lot of hard work had them respecting me in no time, I also found I could be point blank all the time. Over the years a few women have joined the team however it is still very much a male dominated field.

      I love those t-shirts. I need your last one!

    • jane says...

      to the one you prefer, of course.

      PS: I also must know where to get that “girls just want to have FUNding” shirt – my fav of the batch tho they’re all great

    • Alex says...

      I lol’d at this.

    • Sophia F. says...

      Also, can we then call it nipstick?

    • Deezee says...

      Before babies matching if you want more. After babies matching if you want to scare your hubby off.
      -love, an engineer currently pumping at my desk :)