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How to Avoid a Lipstick Faux Pas

I’m a huge fan of wearing bright colours on my lips. However, there are a few things you need to be aware of to avoid any lipstick faux pas. If you’re wondering when it’s ok to do a touch-up, if it’s ok to wipe your lipstick off before eating, or what to do if you leave a lip mark on someone else’s face after greeting – keep reading! In this post, I will share lipstick etiquette for you to help you wear your lipstick with confidence. If you’re interested in learning more about how to look and feel your best, check out my courses or get in touch.

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I’m a huge fan of wearing bright colours on my lips. However, there are a few things you need to be aware of to avoid any lipstick faux pas. If you’re wondering when it’s ok to do a touch-up, if it’s ok to wipe your lipstick off before eating, or what to do if you leave a lip mark on someone else’s face after greeting – keep reading! In this post, I will share lipstick etiquette for you to help you wear your lipstick with confidence. If you’re interested in learning more about how to look and feel your best, check out my courses or get in touch.

Always drink from the same spot

Whether you are drinking from a stemmed or stemless glass, try always to sip from the same spot. There’s only going to be one lip mark, which looks much better than having your lips smudged around the entire glass. Alternatively, when drinking, set your tongue between your lip and glass.

Wear a smudge-proof lipstick

If you have an important meeting where you need to look and feel your best, wear smudge-proof lipstick. Try to find the one that works best for you and stays on.

Do not wipe your lipstick with a napkin

When dining out, do not use your napkin to try to wipe your lipstick off your lips. The purpose of a napkin is to clean the corners of your mouth before sipping your drink. This helps to prevent leaving any greasy marks on the glass. Gently dab your mouth with the side of the napkin which will not touch your clothes.

Touch-ups

In general, you should do personal grooming in private. I’m sure your friends or family won’t mind if you quickly apply lipstick in an informal situation. However, you should avoid touching up your makeup at the dinner table or in a formal meeting. To do a quick check, excuse yourself.

Sorry, I left a mark

If you notice that someone has a smudge of lipstick on their teeth, please, let them know (quietly)! It’s happened to me a few times and I wish someone had told me to avoid the embarrassment. No one wants to walk around with messy lipstick, or with red teeth. If you leave a mark on someone’s face after a cheek-to-cheek kiss greeting, offer a tissue and simply say “Sorry, I left a mark.”

I hope you find these tips useful and enjoy having a drink without the lip trail next time you’re out! If you want more etiquette tips, check out my classes. For more personalised help, I’m also available for 1-on-1 sessions.

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