Little I see on my commute phases me after five years of living in New York City. As you can imagine, someone doing a full face of makeup on a crowded subway is one of the least offensive activities that comes to mind. Watching a woman drop her fluffy powder brush on the floor of the 6 train then pick it up and continue to use it, though, still makes me cringe.
Say it’s inevitable – you’re in the back of an Uber from a morning workout to the office or on the subway after hitting snooze too many times or you just like to make use of a long commute. No judgement here, just a few strategic product recommendations and application tips for doing makeup on-the-go.
Leave bulky brushes, dirty sponges and loose powders at home in favor of products that can be applied straight from the bullet or with fingertips – one less thing to carry and much easier to wield when in motion. First things first, though, start with hand sanitizer.
A cushion foundation does double duty to quickly even out skin tone with an included applicator and provide a sizable mirror for the whole process. Follow with a stick concealer tapped on with fingertips for extra coverage where needed.
For color, use a multi-stick like Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Bronzer and Illuminator. Blend the creamy bronzer shade onto cheeks and temples then tap the illuminator onto eyelids and the tops of cheekbones. If you prefer a blush stick to bronzer, the blush shade can also be used as a lip tint.
Get a mini tube of a mascara that doesn’t need many coats to make an impact – Monsieur Big is my pick. A smaller wand makes it easier to apply quickly between sudden stops.
Finally, swipe on a lipstick. Trust me, this makes it look like you spent way more time on your makeup than you actually have. A spritz of beauty elixir once you get where you’re going won’t hurt, either.
Photo, Kendra Spears by Lachlan Bailey, Vogue Paris