She leans into the mirror and runs another layer of Allure’s Rouge over her naturally thin, pale lips.
‘Lying is bad. If I ever found you lying to me, I’d leave.’
She doesn’t have lips that are so red or that wide. She drags the greasy stick over the edges and then lines it with a fine pencil of a similar colour.
‘And honesty is the most important thing in a relationship.’
After coating her face with various layers of shades and tones that disguise her natural looks, turning her tiny eyes into oceans, she disrobes, tucks two mounds of silicone into a lacy bra, two butt-cheeks into wonder jeans and then steps into moderate sized heels to lift her body.
‘What do you think about my hair? I just love these new extensions.’
This blonde is normally brown – a mousey mixture of light and middle tones that are neither close enough to make her a speculative red nor a questionable blonde.
‘It looks good. I like you with long hair.’
She smiles and swishes the excess around a few times, turns it into a bun on the top of her head and pins it in place.
‘What about these stringy bits at the front? Aren’t they cute?’
She winds a length of loose hair that falls from her temples around a heating wand and then releases it into a gentle curl.
‘What about leaving it down? I like it like that.’
‘Down is boring. Besides, I have a gorgeous neck and this makes me look sophisticated.’
She slips on a blouse, kisses her lover and says, ‘If you ever lie to me, I’ll leave. Good relationships are built on honesty, don’t you agree?’
They embrace. She walks to the door but stops and turns back to him.
‘I’m booked in on the fifth for teeth whitening and a spray tan. Can you tell anyone who calls on that day that I’m at work?’
‘Yes, dear. Honesty is very important.’