Sunday, 20 March 2016

Is doing makeup on the tube really a taboo?

I've seen a debate doing the rounds recently about whether or not women should do their make-up on the tube. Dubbed the "tube taboo", many commuters complain about women applying their make-up while on the go. But why? Well - some say that it is an "intimate" experience and should be kept behind closed doors, some say it is unhygienic, while others think that women are lying to the world by stepping out of the door looking bare-faced and worse for wear then emerging off the train a whole new woman.

Personally, I don't see an issue with it at all. We have enough to do in the mornings so why not save an extra ten minutes and put that commuting time to good use rather than stare into our i-Phones! I actually find it quite fascinating watching women do their makeup on the tube and I can't help but be nosey and marvel over what's in their makeup bags. Generally I don't see disapproving looks from other commuters - although I did once see a woman do an entire contouring face routine on the tube and some men looked incredibly confused by what she was doing when she was still in the pre-blend phase! Saying this, I generally opt to do my makeup at home because it has become part of my daily routine

You may have seen that Stylist Magazine is also supporting commuter makeup application and recently published this article with their tips and tricks!

Generally I usually prefer to do my makeup at home in the mornings because it has become part of my daily routine, however, I always like to keep a few spare products in my handbag for any touch-ups should I suddenly have any last minute plans after work. Here are my top tips and products for make up on the go:


I would stick to using a compact foundation as these often have a sponge and mirror included so you don't need to pack extra products in your makeup bag. Clinique's Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation and Concealer is perfect. If you are looking for a fuller coverage or don'e like using powder foundation then I would opt for La Roche Posay Effaclar BB Blur as this has more of a mousse texture so won't be runny and make a mess on your hands! I would apply with a sponge rather than a brush for ease, and recommend the Original Beauty Blender or Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a cheaper alternative.

Multi-tasking products

You may want to cut down room in your make-up bag so stick to 2-in-1 products or multitaskers. I love colours that are suitable for lips and cheeks such as Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm and of course Stila Convertible Colour which is a dual lip and cheek cream. The Body Shop has also just released a Lip & Cheek Stain and Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick as part of its new English Rose Collection. Similarly, Benefit Fine One One is a blusher and highlighter  in one, and you can also use the colours on your lips. For eyes, I love Kiko Double Dare Eyeshadow & Eyeliner. These two-in-one eyeshadow and liner combinations come in complementary colours and take the faff out of powder eyeshadows.

Mini Products

Travel size cosmetics are perfect for on the go. I seem to have a lot of Benefit minis from various gift sets over the years and you are always likely to pick up minis in beauty boxes or free with magazines! I have a travel size of Benefit They're Real Mascara which is my perfect on-the-go mascara. Travel make-up brushes and compact brush sets are also ideal as they take up less space in your makeup bag.

While these aren't specifically mini products, Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector and Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip are great because they are very slimline!

Opt for palettes and compacts

Blush and bronzer palettes are wonderful because you get more than one product as well as a handy mirror. I love Sleek Face Form (left) and Urban Decay Naked Flushed - which contain a bronzer, highlighter and blusher!

1 comment:

  1. I don't get why people get so annoyed over women dong their makeup on the tube. I mean there are some more bothersome things out there on public transport that makeup should be the least of worries haha. I sometimes apply a little extra mascara or lipstick on my way to places but that's it. I still carry a little makeup bag with me everywhere with a few essential products just in case.


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