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Lora, 22
www.lmasseyfx.com

I found lipstick on my boyfriend's collar. He swears it's his mom's. How can I know for sure?
Check the color. I can guarantee you that his mother, and the skanky homewrecker he's cheating on you with, don't wear the same shade.

What's the best way to ask a makeup artist out on a date?
The same way you would ask out a rocket scientist or a champion diver: sincerely and avoiding weak pickup lines at all costs.

What's the biggest turn-off for you, makeup wise?
This isn't "makeup" per se, but it falls under the cosmetics category: dousing yourself in cologne/perfume. I don't care how much you spent on it, a little spritz is enough. More than enough in some cases.

Do you appreciate a naked, clean face?
I certainly do! I know better than anyone the things that makeup does to your face. A clean naked face is a happy face.

What's the best way to pull off an open relationship?
Be absolutely clear about your expectations from the get-go. If your partner is unclear on what you expect or vice-versa, that's when someone gets hurt. I know it seems awkward to lay down the ground rules like a dictator on the second date, but you'll save yourself much confusion later on. And if things change, let them know.

Doing someone's makeup can be pretty intimate. Ever get the urge to lean in and kiss a customer?
Not yet. But "makeup artist" is synonymous with "cheap therapist." We know all of your secrets by the end of the day.

Nina, 29

I found lipstick on my boyfriend's collar. He swears it's his mom's. How can I know for sure?
I've learnt never to assume anything. Having said that, when you see it, take a deep breath, find your calm self and talk to him in a casual way. Be like, "Hey baby, you've got a stain here. What is it? I wanna know if the stain remover will get it out." Suspicion breeds suspicion, making it harder to gauge the honesty of his response.

What's the biggest turn-off for you, makeup wise?
Too much foundation in the wrong color. And too much makeup in general.

Is it okay for boys to wear makeup? Eyeliner? Foundation?
If you're going to wear it, make sure to get the right color and blend well.

My boyfriend wants to take some nudie pics of me, but I'd hate for them to fall into the wrong hands. What should I do?
This comes with absolute trust. If you're already questioning it, don't do it.

Do you appreciate a naked, clean face?
Absolutely. And a well-moisturized one, please.

 

        

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Michael Anthony, 26

I found lipstick on my boyfriend's collar. He says it's his mom's. How do I know for sure?
If it's a bright color, he's lying. Moms don't wear bright colors. Moms wear neutrals. They wear long-wear lipstick that doesn't come off, because moms don't like messes. Right? Moms don't get near collars with lipstick.

What's the best way to ask a makeup artist out on a date?
I would say eye contact and honesty. We have to do that all the time. We get really personal and in people's faces all the time and give honest opinions. It's not always one-hundred-percent honest. But honesty is always appreciated.

What's the biggest turn-off for you, makeup-wise?
Too much of anything on your face is bad.

Makeup on boys: okay or not? Eyeliner? Foundation?
I think no. Well, eyeliner is okay if it goes with your style. But it's very hard to pull off. It depends on the circumstances too. If you're going to be in pictures, or at a very high-profile event, you can do concealer or a little powder. But nothing on boys for cosmetic vanity — it looks awful.

My boyfriend wants to take some nudie pics of me, but I'd hate for them to fall into the wrong hands. What should I do?
I think the rule i never anything you wouldn't want your parents to see. Make it classy. That way if it falls into the wrong hands, it won't be super-devastating. Or damaging. Go with a tasteful pin-up thing.

Is it ever justifiable to cheat?
Only if your significant other takes those nudie pictures and does something they shouldn't do with them.

Claire, 27
www.violetclaire.com

I found lipstick on my boyfriend's collar. He swears it's his mom's. How can I know for sure?
Depends on the shade. Do you think his mother wears a glittery pink vanilla-scented lipstick?

What's the biggest turn-off for you, makeup-wise?
Mismatched foundation. Frosted lipstick. Fake tans. Unkempt eyebrows.

Is it okay for boys to wear makeup? Eyeliner? Foundation?
It depends on the boy. I can spot shoddy eyeliner from a mile away. The best way to do it is to put it on and then take half of it off. Thick gooey liner looks way too overdone. No foundation in the real world, please.

Doing someone's makeup can be pretty intimate. Ever get the urge to lean in and kiss a customer?
A huge part of my job is oiling people up. Baby oil, body gloss, Vaseline, Pam spray. (Original scent.) I see everyone naked. Sometimes I get a little tingle.

My boyfriend wants to take some nudie pics of me, but I'd hate for them to fall into the wrong hands. What should I do?
If you trust him and you are into it, do it. It's freeing and if he's a photographer — who isn't? — you can get some amazing shots of your hot body before it all goes south.

What's the best way to pull off an open relationship?
Honesty is always best, but not too much honesty. I would never want to know any details or see any photos. I couldn't handle him dating another girl who can't put her eyebrows on right.

Questions by Marian Lorraine. Dating Advice From… appears on Fridays. Have questions for the general public? Send them to sexadvicefrom@nerve.com.

        
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