I know I may come off as loud and brash sometimes and a little left of centre but I’m kind of old fashioned when it comes to applying make-up in public. I just don’t do it. I like to think people actually believe that I woke up like this and that there was zero effort put into my appearance (when in fact it probably takes me at least a good 45 minutes morning prep time for hair, make-up and outfit choice). Even if I was running extremely late for work I’d still take the time and do my make-up at home.
So when I see women applying a full face on the train in the morning I cringe and die a little inside every time! Without a doubt, at least once a week, I’ll see a woman rip out her make-up bag and compact and go to “work” on her morning commute. I’m talking foundation, blush, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick – the whole shebang! I don’t know why it irks me so much but I just think there’s something private and a little mysterious about getting your face ready that shouldn’t be shared.
PLUS there’s the whole logistics thing as well, having to cart around my whole make-up kit in my handbag isn’t something that appeals to me when I already have the world’s heaviest handbag (no jokes, it sets off the “no seat belt” alarm in my passenger seat when I place it next to me!). There’s also the fact that you’re applying your make-up using a tiny compact mirror – one handed! I don’t know about you but I can’t swipe on eyeliner without the aid of BOTH hands. I also need to see the bigger picture to make sure that everything is blended well and that my eyeliner is symmetrical (it very rarely is anyway) or that one cheek is rouged more than the other.
Gaaaahhhh this drives me bat shit crazy!
Am I crazy or do you agree? Should I just relax and save some time (and get a sleep in) and start applying my make-up on the train on my way to work? What’s your make-up pet peeve?
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The city busses in Florida are terrible. It will take you 2-3 hours just to get 15 miles across town… so when I used to get up at 5 in the morning so that I could be to work by 9:30, and then get off at 6 and still not get home until 9-10 you better believe I was doing my makeup on the bus one hand and all! And I will admit that to this day I still apply mascara at a red light when I’m running late… but I try not to stop next to others in the lane next to me cause it is a bit shaming 😦
LOL! Oh dear, I must say if I had to work those hours I would probably do it too. How did you manage to apply it on the bus?! Didn’t the constant braking cause havoc?
Nope! I would wait for when the bus was moving. I did this for about 2 years, so I got used to where all the stops were 🙂
That’s awesome. I would have poked my eye out and severely injured others as well LOL!
Yes to everything!!! But the OCD in me also has to wonder at how the heck you apply all that stuff without hand washing in between? Am I normal that I wash my hands between almost every product? I don’t want primer mixing with foundation, mixing with eyeliner, and worst of all: mixing all over the OUTSIDE of everything and leaving it all smeared???????
Plus yeah, I definitely woke up like this anyway.
I’m the same with the hand washing, only because I’m a grot and will smear it on my pants/skirt without thinking and ruin my clothes. Foundation will get on anything if you let it LOL!
I like to wash I between applying products. I couldn’t go anywhere with makeup stuff in my hands. The only thing I will apply in public is reapplying lipstick and I will do that in the bathroom or in my parked car. 🙂
Oh I’m the same!! I still feel embarrassed about reapplying lippy in public! Even lipgloss. I once did and happened to make eye contact with a man, and somehow it became awkward and I vowed never to do it again LOL!
Hahaha. It could have been a good thing!
Hahaha maybe!! I blew it, didn’t I?! 😛
Nah. He’s out there! 🙂
I am TOTALLY with you. And also a little baffled at how some women apply eyeliner one-handed without a mirror on the train and somehow get it flawless. I can’t even get it half decent with two hands and a full length mirror with perfect lighting! 😛
AMEN! I still manage to get mascara every where, every morning. Like WTF?! You’d think I’d have it down pat by now LOL!
No I’m with you but it’s worse when they’re driving putting make up on! A little evil part of me wishes I had a big indestructible truck so I could play bumper cars with them so they can get make up smeared across their face. But don’t tell anyone I said that! 🙂 xo
Hahahahaha you’re hilarious!! There was an ad I saw on YouTube (think it was English) about the dangers of doing that – it was very effective! xo
I find it pretty amusing when I see ladies do this in the Mumbai trains.. and I must admit, some do a pretty good job eh..
I don’t do it only because like you, I can’t carry around all these things in my bag all the time, just a lipstick, lotion and deo!
It really is a remarkable feat to be able to do it and do it well! LOL!
My bag is already stocked with too many lipstick tubes so I really can’t add any more 😉
I’m a little private in my make up application. Partly because I always feel like I’m probably doing it wrong (even if it looks OK once it’s done). Also, because if I’m going to have my face ‘on’ that day, then what’s the point if the whole train has already seen it ‘off’? May as well call it quits at that point and not bother haha. I might reapply lippie or look in a mirror to check for eye liner smudge or something but that’d be it!
I totally agree with you about people seeing my “off” face – then why bother? 😁😁
Haha these comments are giving me life! I am SO WITH YOU- I hate it when women do this on the train! Londoners don’t play hunty, I saw a girl do her entire face and proceed to apply individual false lashes. Bruh!! The only thing I can bring myself to do in public is a quick & furtive lippie re-application. Emergencies, you understand ♥
Hahahaha individual lashes?! Get out?! That’s brilliant. I would have stood up and applauded 😊😊😊
I was like O_O
😂😂😂 love it!!
I could never do my makeup on the way to work. I’d rather not bother. Mostly just because I have such unsteady hands that I make a mess of my face standing still in front of my mirror, let alone on a moving vehicle! The only thing I ever take with me is my lipstick for the day. I also want to get a little powder compact because my oil slick face just doesn’t last the day anymore!
Also I’m the worst for getting makeup on my hands then automatically wiping it on my leg since I’m usually still in my pjs/dressing gown! Couldn’t do that in work clothes!
I am 100% with you Becka! I’m terrible with getting makeup all over myself PLUS I have a tremor in my hands so I need all the help I can get 😁😁😁
Exactly! I tried doing my lipstick on the bus today – a liquid to matte one as well – and it just did not go well at all! hahah
Hahahaha see! We need total dedication 💋💋
Exactly!! I hate feeling that my makeup looks bad. Every time someone looks at me i’m like, is my mascara smudged, do I have lipstick on my face, is my eyeliner really uneven?! I’d rather just save the hassle and do it at home!
OMG I’m the same! I think “why’s that woman staring at me?” Hahahaha
Hahaha, exactly! I’d rather not have to worry I look like a clown!
I am unco enough at putting on makeup so I can only imagine how much of a hot mess I would look if you through in some bumps and traffic lights lol xx
Tell me about it!! Every morning I always manage to get mascara everywhere and that’s standing in the bathroom 😝😝
Totallllllly agree! These girls aren’t doing the female race and feminine mystique any favors: it’s like the magician telling the audience how he does that trick with the elephant…
Hahahaha exactly! There’s gotta be some secrets left untold 😊😘
Ahh! I’m guilty of applying makeup in my car on my way to work! I know there’s always two very long stoplights where I can apply my eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick. And if I don’t get to it I’ll sit in my car in the parking lot at work and do it! haha. I just can’t go in without makeup. I don’t think I could apply my makeup on public transit though…=)
Wow in the car?! I mean that’s where I get the best natural light and notice all my unwanted facial hair Hahahaha! I’m the same about not being able to go to work without makeup, it’d be pretty tough and brave 😁
LOL!!! Yup! =) I’d feel blah and not the same without some makeup on.
I agree to a point…I figure it is better for me to get a little extra sleep and try to put something on when I can vs. showing up looking even more tired than I am already. Of course if it is a crowded train or such, then maybe not. you gotta have some room!
Some mornings my train is so packed there isn’t room to hold my phone! Ugh, I hate public transport hahahaha. My go to if I don’t have time is a good slick of red lippy 👍💋
Amazing article! I always thought I was alone with that opinion…
Thanks so much 🙂 It’s amazing how so many people agree LOL! xx
I too cringe, as it’s a little bit awkward! But usually these women are in a rush or have a long commute, so it is totally understandable. I must admit to doing it once or twice if I need light coverage quickly haha!
I totally get it! It just looks so awkward. I kid you not, on my drive to work this morning I saw two women doing it behind me. One looked like she was about to poke her eye out applying her mascara 😂😂😂