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    Hello everybody,

    Which is correct or rather better expression -- wear lipstick or apply lipstick , that is to say does one say that she applies lipstick or wears lipstick. Native speaker preference may also be given
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    Default Re: wear lipstick or apply lipstick

    They mean different things. When you put it on, you apply. Once it's on, you are wearing it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Welcome to the forums, L N Pappu!

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    Default Re: wear lipstick or apply lipstick

    Like Barb_D, put lipstick on sounds natural- I would use it rather than apply.

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    Default Re: wear lipstick or apply lipstick

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Like Barb_D, put lipstick on sounds natural- I would use it rather than apply.
    Although 'apply' would work in some contexts (say on the packaging: 'Do not apply if you have a peanut allergy.'

    Other verbs could be used too 'She was wearing so much lipstick she must have laid it on with a trowel.' But I agree that most people just 'put it on'.

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