Beauty Etiquetter: Applying Makeup In Public; Do, Or Don’t?
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The Quandary: It is impolite to touch up your lipstick when you’re at dinner or drinks? How can I reapply it discretely?
The Expert In Residence: Jemma Kidd, makeup artist and founder of Jemma Kidd cosmetics
The Advice: “Reapplying makeup in public can be tricky—and the line between acceptable touch-ups and over-the-top applications is a fine one. The safest bet is to
excuse yourself to the ladies room where you have access to a mirror and proper lighting. But if that’s not an option, quickly take out a small compact mirror and swipe on your lipstick followed by a dab of gloss in the center for an easy, polished look. If there’s no mirror in sight, a camera phone can act as a mirror, too. But my preference is to ensure that touch-ups are minimal, or even unnecessary all together. It’s all about the prep work: start by dabbing foundation over smoothly exfoliated lips and outline your mouth with a matching waxy lip liner to prevent any bleeding. Fill in your lips with a pencil, working it into any creases with a small brush, to act as a base to hold your lipstick in place. Then paint on the lip color with a fine brush for precision, starting in one corner and working inward. Blot with a tissue, apply another coat for extra staying power and finish with a touch of gloss.”