Public Powder Room: Is it OK to reapply makeup while out to eat?

by epi on January 13, 2014

Q: My friend constantly reapplies her lipstick at the table when we’re out for a meal.  How can I clue her in to the fact that this is impolite?

A: Her habit may annoy you, but it’s just as rude to impose your rules on your friend.  When you’re out to eat with friends or family at a casual restaurant, it’s OK to discreetly reapply lipstick (sans mirror).  But multiple touch-ups or full-blown grooming is better left for the restroom.  Since your friend is all right with her habit, however, it’s not up to you to call her out.  (You know what they say about unasked advice.)  If it’s making you crazy, set an example by saying, “I need to do my makeup , too.  Let’s go to the ladies’ room together.”

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