Which word can I use to describe a smile which someone gives after making a stupid mistake?

I want to describe the smile of a TV news anchor, when the camera catches her combing her hair.

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It would very often be described as a sheepish smile.

(of a person or expression) Showing embarrassment from shame or a lack of self-confidence
e.g. - a sheepish grin.


Think of something better just for shy like: bashful diffident farouche timid] sheepish reserved reticent introverted retiring self-effacing withdrawn timorous mousy nervous insecure unconfident inhibited repressed self-conscious embarrassed


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