Even if there’s a school for it, most of us probably will not ever be trained in Beauty Etiquette. Good beauty manners are one of those things that relies mostly on common sense and trial & error at most times. Perhaps you have learnt a few ‘rules‘ by being annoyed by someone else who did it. By all means, I have no objection to public preening. Only if it’s done the right way. Here are 7 major no-no of beauty etiquette which I think you may agree, or disagree. Let me know!
1. Looking Out
We women should always be looking out for each other. If you ever realized that a female stranger has her bright red lipstick feathered outside her lip lines or any beauty mishaps, do her a favor and tell her! Being polite is not exactly polite. Saving her from embarrassment is! Quickly let the victim know and she would be thanking you greatly! Not to mention, you’ll feel awesome as though you did a good deed. But importantly, be sure to keep the low down while letting her know.
Image Credits: http://en.paperblog.com/how-to-wear-red-lipstick-362449/
An embarrassing personal story to tell, I have encountered an underwear-skirt malfunction in public before. Luckily, I was still in the washroom and haven’t stepped out. However, you have NO IDEA how grateful I was to have been saved by a female stranger. She very kindly told me my mishap so I had saved myself from further embarrassment if I were to walk out like that!
2. Whack The Samples
We all love samples don’t we? It’s a beautiful gift from beauty brands to be able to test out their products for free while considering if it works enough to part our cash for. But be an ethical angel and not stack up piles and piles of the same samples so you’ll be able to get the full sized product’s worth! There’s a certain limit brands manufacturer and taking more deprive others to try as well.
Image Credits: http://www.leanne-marie.com/2012/06/project-samples.html
3. Testers Manners
I love lingering around makeup counters, testing out those makeup testers that are on display. So what’s wrong, you may ask? Requiring help from a sales representation/makeup artist is not bad beauty etiquette. Neither is testing those makeup testers, that’s what they are there for anyways! However, using them straight on your own face is.
You’ll probably think it’s alright to do so. However, even if you refuse to think about others, think about your own skin. You have no idea if the products are sanitized before your use, and if it’s dirty, your face will pay the price. I’ve seen angels before who sanitize the testers after they tested and that’s a good practice!
4. It Smells
Smelling nice is not a bad thing, and definitely not considered bad etiquette. I myself adore perfumes! In fact, I just reviewed Carolina Herrera’s Eau De Parfum Sublime, which smells amazing by the way. But drowning yourself in scents is not the way to go. Our noses get used to scents after a while, so while you may think your perfume has evaporated away, strangers may think you have drenched yourself in perfume if you constantly reapply.
5. Keep Mobiles Away
We all have the freedom to talk on the phones or text our friends the latest gossip. But it’s bad manners to me if you are undergoing beauty services which then would be both distraction and disrespect. Be it at the hair salon getting the latest color fad on your head or making your nails the next hot topic within your girlfriends. Put your phone aside, enjoy the service that you are paying for and relax. How to be beautiful when there’s stress?
6. Touching Up
Toilets are also called powder rooms for a reason. That’s where girls touch up their makeup. I’ve seen ladies sitting at the table after having their last bite of spaghetti, getting out their mirror, powder and whats not and start touching up their makeup. Obviously, that attracted many stares. The least one could do is to bring your little beauty session to the washroom. But if you have a super glamourous lipstick you would want to flaunt, by all means go ahead if you could apply it without using a mirror.
Nail polish chipping in public is the worst thing that could ever happen right? Besides the unsightliness of having a less than perfect manicure, the itch to peel the rest of the polishes off just kills me! However, constrain yourself and wait till you are home to peel them off, or get some nail polish remover wipes in your bag for times like this. Also, trimming your nails in public is a huge no-no! We all certainly do not appreciate a stranger’s nail dust flying everywhere. Save those public nail preening for nail emergencies, and only do them discreetly in places unseen, like washrooms.