I am guilty as charged, if this is indeed a crime. I do this specially when there is a long queue in the powder room (toilet/restroom/bathroom/washroom). I comb my hair, powder my face and glide a lipstick on while still seated after a meal in a restaurant.
Recently, reality-TV star Kim Kardashian was scooped doing this out in the open.
Though not seated at the dining table, but flossing your teeth in public is just obviously a NO-NO. I remember one story. I always have thick black hair. One time, my male officemate suddenly pulled a strand of my hair and went to the toilet. I was shocked and got even more shocked when I found out that he did floss his teeth using my hair.Haha! Well, I forgot if it was before or after I showered my hair but it was indeed a brilliant idea, haha!
According to Mike Lininger of of etiquettescholar.com, “In most circumstances, it is more polite to excuse yourself and put on lipstick in the ladies’ room than to do it at the table. The exception is when the restaurant has an informal atmosphere and you’re among friends, in which case you can apply the lipstick quickly. What you should avoid is a primping routine–no compact, no powder. And then there’s that never-to-be-broken rule: Whether you’re a man or a woman, don’t use a comb at a restaurant table, nor should you rearrange your hair or put your hands to it wherever food is served. Using dental floss at the table is a major never-ever. Believe it or not, some people have no qualms about doing something so private in public.”
I want to ask men, does it really bother you if women groom themselves infront of you? I have to check first with my husband but this is really much of a concern for those who are still in the “getting-to-know-each-other-phase” or still dating. Hey ladies, you wouldn’t want your date to see the transformation of your “before-and-after” look but you would want to amaze him with the “after-you-put-on-powder-lipstick-look”, right?
Remember this – In general, personal grooming should be done in private for the simple reason that it can be annoying and it’s tacky. … When in doubt, don’t do it, such as when you’re at a business meal or with people you don’t know very well. (Lisa Mirza Grotts, Etiquette Expert).