makeup you can do on the commute

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.

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