This is not a wind up; I need advice on social etiquette. We're off to a James Bond theme party next weekend (not my idea). Having talked to others who will be there, a lot of the men are going with a white shirt, dickie bow and shoulder holster. I want to do something different, I want to go as Veejay (from Octopussy). White shirt, cravat and tennis racket. Now here's the thing - I am extremely pale skinned, and it would mean using face paint to 'tone down' so to speak. The hostess of the party has friends attending from ethnic minorities attending (although do not know which ones). Question: is it offensive to paint one's face a darker hue? (think I know the answer already) p.s. please don’t shout, I really don’t know.