My Commuting Makeup

I’m afraid to say that I would rather spend an extra 5 minutes in bed and do my mascara on the bus than get up 5 minutes earlier. I know it’s frowned upon by some but as long as I’m not taking up anyone else’s space I can’t see a problem with choosing to apply a little mascara over reading a book (Sadly I’m not much of a reader).

I don’t ever do all my makeup on the bus as I think somethings are better done with a little more space, time and just in the privacy of your own home. It goes without saying (I think) that I do all my skincare at home, I then go onto foundation as I wouldn’t want to leave the house without it, I also do my eyeshadow at home as it requires a little more time and any extreme liner/brows. I still feel that not everyone understand why women fill in their brows so I find that this always get’s funny looks. I then grab a large pair of sunglasses and out the door..

So onto what I do on the bus/train/taxi…

Although I would still rather do my concealer at home I do occasionally get out my Nars Creamy Concealer and start stripping it around my face, I’m not big on powder but I also think a pressed powder is completely acceptable but find loose to just be too messy. I also add a little bit of colour to my face; bronzer or blush but only contour if I am really desperate for time as it requires much more precision. If I am going for a simple sweep of a brow gel or minor liner work then I have just about mastered doing this on a moving vehicle too (although my cab driver never believes me).

The two things I always do on the go are mascara and lipstick as I think these are the most acceptable. Lipstick takes no time at all, especially if it’s a nude and I like taking a little bit of extra time to do my mascara and this is time that would otherwise be spent looking out of the window or refreshing my emails.

Things I never do on public transport are painting my nails, spraying perfumes or brushing my hair- it’s just rude and I’d simply wait to use the bathroom to do so later instead.

What are your thought on people doing their makeup in public? I personally love watching others do their do but maybe I’m just nosey…


  1. 23rd July 2015 / 5:34 pm

    I'd rather stay in my bed too, I'm more of a fix my face at my desk rather than the bus, I'd get it all over the place x

  2. 23rd July 2015 / 5:55 pm

    Haha! I have been commuting two hours there and two hours back to my work for the past year and now do my whole face on the train! Skincare/hair/perfume all at home and then I set up a mini dressing table! Eyeshadow cream sticks have been such a dream and I have now mastered liquid eyeliner while moving!

    Love your blog <3


    Lucy | lucylovehart

  3. 23rd July 2015 / 6:48 pm

    I'm not a lover of seeing people do it on public transport – I don't know why I don't like it (as I don't see the problem), I guess it's just not for me! I find that the time it takes for my tea to cool to a drinkable level is the time it takes to put on makeup and get dressed (skincare gets done whilst the kettle boils) so for me I don't lose time or sleep by doing it before I leave. I also wear a bold lip most days which isn't commute friendly!

    That said, I do admire those who can do it – I'd definitely wobble about. Plus what do you do if you don't get a seat?! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  4. 23rd July 2015 / 6:53 pm

    I find it fascinating to watch people put on their makeup. Someone once whipped out their Bare Minerals Mineral Foundation and… it kept flying onto my coat on the bus.. I was not impressed =(

  5. 23rd July 2015 / 7:27 pm

    I always stay in bed an extra five minutes. I always make sure i have at least foundation on & my brows done before i leave the house! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  6. 23rd July 2015 / 7:41 pm

    I love watching others do their makeup too! I also agree that doing your nails on a bus is a bit rude.. I can't take the smell and I've even had people clipping their nails around me! :

    TR's Thoughts

  7. 23rd July 2015 / 8:54 pm

    Where I live we don't have public transportation so I could sleep a little longer and do mascara or lipstick on the bus/train! I have to do it whilst driving… except I don't, because that's dangerous! I once saw a woman driving at high speed while putting on foundation! She nearly drove her car off the road! Anyway- mornings I have to be up and at it early I wear the most minimal makeup. The Too Faced Born This Way foundation is amazing bc of how lightweight it is and how much coverage it gives- it's my new go to!
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  8. 24th July 2015 / 10:37 am

    I used to do my full face on the train when I had an hour's train journey to work 5 days a week and I had to catch my train at 6:55, meaning I had to leave the house at about 6:40. I did skincare/ hair/ perfume at home but there was no way I was getting up even earlier to do make up as well (I'm not a morning person!).That said, the train I got was pretty quiet for most of the journey because it was quite early so there weren't loads of people watching me lol. I agree that things like perfume and nail polish would be pretty rude but I don't see the problem as long as you're not disturbing other people really, Em x

  9. 27th July 2015 / 1:07 pm

    I love They're Real! My fav mascara. So easy to apply and can totally understand your reasonings for it being a part of your commute make up xoxo

  10. 4th August 2015 / 5:23 pm

    Being a fashion lover, I really liked beauty products of unique kind, only if I have never used it. Beauty products that can be used to create a runway-ready look can only be used in public. Otherwise it not looks nice if you are doing makeup in public place

  11. 10th August 2015 / 10:37 am

    I always put my make up on whilst travelling by train. I know some people frown upon it but I barely have enough time to get up and dressed let alone spend the time on my make up! I do always put my base on at home as I find it easier and less messy to do so.

    It does make it a pain to carry a hefty make up bag around but equally handy for touch ups.

    Victoria x

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