1. Your reply to this is correct. Being North Western European from origin it even comes to mind that there is a difference about a touch-up of lipstick. In my memory, I’ve never ever seen this done in public, only in a restroom. Still I don’t like the sight of women applying lipstick, at table in restaurants after the meal… And for sure not in the office! Even a quick brush of the hair is not appropriate. Often I have seen this done in the seat on an airplane. It makes me shudder for the lack of hygiene that those persons have. This kind of grooming can all be done, if needed, during the breaks when you visit the restroom anyway. It sure doesn’t make a professional impression as it looks like you ran behind and take care of grooming at the office, instead of coming to work looking fresh and professional; ready for facing the job and/or clients.
    Mariette’s Back to Basics

  2. Elizabeth

    I agree with Mariette wholeheartedly. I feel like being well-groomed or well made-up is a bit like a magician’s trick. If you see how it’s done, the illusion of being naturally well put-together is ruined. The whole point is to look effortless. (Not that I often am. But luckily I am not in a field when it is often required.)

  3. Vanna Keiler

    I would make this a great opportunity for the staff to enquire about office policy regarding this matter (under Employee Conduct, office behavior). If none such exists, perhaps a consensus should be taken that staff are interested in having one created. This way, all employees fully understand management’s expectations from here on end. If this is not possible (poor or unavailable management)…I would leave it alone, unfortunately. Unless you are the supervisor or there is a huge distraction with seeing this behavior being performed on a regular basis, it may be one of those things you just have to ignore and hope a supervisor catches and acts on.

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