Are you an un­wit­ting COS­METIC CRIM­I­NAL?

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

Beauty crimes: what would you con­sider ac­cept­able? Pub­lic groom­ing? Un­washed hair? How­ever laid- back or high­main­te­nance you are, there are a few faux pas that cross the line from good taste to bad. Let’s take a tongue-in-cheek look at what should get you a beauty red card!

This ad­vice ap­plies to both sexes. Bear­ing in mind that the be­low could be con­strued as care­less driv­ing un­less you’re safely parked, avoid the fol­low­ing...

Men, if you’re shav­ing with an elec­tric ra­zor, other com­muters will not ap­pre­ci­ate your fa­cial con­tor­tions as you move around the nose/chin area. If you’re us­ing a nose/ear trim­mer, and this does hap­pen, you might find your­self on so­cial me­dia by lunchtime.

Women, there are handy com­pacts you can use — there is no ex­cuse for ap­ply­ing foun­da­tion with a brush fol­lowed by liq­uid eye liner while you wait for the lights to change. Too messy, and too dan­ger­ous.

Again, this ap­plies to both men and women. Per­haps, in a busy of­fice, it’s not so rude for a woman to top up lip­stick or pow­der her nose if she’s run­ning out to a meet­ing. Men, it is off­putting to watch an ex­ca­va­tion of the teeth post-lunch. What­ever you think, peo­ple are watch­ing.

Mostly girls need take note, but some boys too. Sorry, but we’re not liv­ing the dream in LA; we live in Ire­land. There’s no ex­cuse for ap­ply­ing so much tan that you look as if you’ve just hol­i­dayed on the sun for a month. Choose your fake tan ac­cord­ing to skin tone, not wood va­ri­eties.

From wood to metal: ladies, be care­ful how you bronze. Con­tour­ing is a ma­jor trend; for best re­sults, sculpt your face in day­light so as not to overdo it. Fail­ing that, con­tour un­der as bright a light as you can find. Stripes are a trend for S/S13, but in fash­ion — not faces.

Guys, no one wants to see or hear you cut­ting your nails. Keep that groom­ing be­hind a closed bath­room door, please. Ladies, if your pol­ish cov­ers the mid­sec­tion of your nail and is bare top and tip, it’s been on way too long, as well you know. Re­move and re­paint or buff the nat­u­ral nails! Do you have other style no- nos? Let me know:

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