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Is It a Do or a Don't: Applying Makeup in Public?

Do You Apply Makeup in Public? Fo' Shiz or No Freakin' Way?

I'm not vain but (why do all of my sentences start this way . . .) I like to check my makeup, on average, 4621 times a day. It's obviously not my main priority, but after googling Ed Westwick Girlfriend, I would say looking at my face in shiny surfaces — yes, shop windows, the back of my iPhone, cutlery (see above), I don't discriminate — comes a close second. The downside is that, being a Vain Person, I'm even less productive than a smoker and/or Facebook user. But the positives — the fact that I know down to the millisecond when my concealer stopped concealing — far outweigh the positives. Now something that goes hand-in-hand with being a Vain Person is on-the-go touch-ups. If I'm on the train and I see my lipstick has gone whack, I'll fix it. But I noticed the other day that people don't like public preening. I mean I'm against the cutting of nails and painting them on public transport an tweezing eyebrows (all of which I've witnessed) but is applying lipstick in public really that bad? Do you do it? Or do you HATE it?

Photo credit: Tamer Yilmaz for Marie Claire Turkey December 2010

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