DEAR MISS MANNERS: By observing people eating, I was wondering, when you are using your fork to eat, do you close your mouth over the fork when you are eating, or do you eat like models do, so as not to mess their lipstick, by just using your teeth to take the food off the fork? This may seem like a silly question, but I've wondered what is the correct way to use your fork. I do not know where I would find an answer to these questions.
GENTLE READER: Right here, of course. Eeeeew!
That is your answer. Miss Manners is not in the habit of offering makeup tips to models, but surely they can use lip pencil, or find long-lasting lipstick, or cultivate the natural look that the cosmetic industry is so eager to sell us. There is little point in looking appetizing if the sound and sight of your dragging your teeth along your fork causes appetite loss in others.