Commuter beauty speed kit
Women’s lives are busier than ever, and while some frown upon it, applying make-up on the go is pretty much a common occurrence on the daily commute. And with a few easy to handle beauty products, it doesn’t have to be a slog or a danger to fellow commuters, who may not be so cool with you spilling foundation everywhere.
Whether you’re travelling by train, tram, bus or car these carefully curated products will get your face looking sleek and sharp in record time. Plus, you can also downsize your beauty bag to the essentials and slay your fellow commuters with your efficient beauty techniques.
So if your busy life leaves you with little time to apply make-up before you leave home, read on for our tips on how to create a streamlined look en route to work.
Tools of the trade
Using your fingers is messy, and can carry bacteria to the place you least want it, so opt for a speedy sponge like the beautyblender or Lottie London Blend and Snap Blending sponge, to apply concealer. As well as being easier to use and saving time, this will attract less “eww gross” looks than if you used your fingers. A portable brush is also a great help for seamless application and blending on the go. e.l.f. Studio Retractable Kabuki Brush is compact and convenient, and angled to fit the contours of the face. The density and impact of the silky bristles can be adjusted with a quick twist of the handle to cater to different textures of product.
Downsize your foundation
Ditch the squeezy foundation for a more versatile compact. Take into account the size and shape of your compact, choosing one fits into the palm of your hand for a snug fit and go for a more creamy powder rather than a crumbly disaster waiting to happen. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation is a mini make-up bag saviour which flawlessly matches skin tone and texture, never looking fake and giving you 12 hours of oil-free wear.
Focus on the three E's
When it comes to eyes, take care of your eyebrows, eyeliner and eyelashes. Groomed brows instantly make you appear more polished so don’t pass on this essential step. Opt for a single product like Eyeko’s Brow Gel, rather than pencils and powders, to fill in sparse areas, define, shape, and set brows in place with colour, dimension, and hold.
Next, line your upper lash line with a black or brown pencil, and then generously coat lashes with a mascara designed to add curl, like Kevyn Aucoin’s The Essential Mascara. Its curved brush is specifically designed to shape the lashline, and gives the kind of lift and boost usually only achieved with eyelash curlers.
Lipstain over lippy
Applying lipstick well is a job for steadier environment so go for something that’s easily applicable like a semi-opaque lipstain to allow margin for error. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in a chubby crayon format. It comes in 12 vibrant shades to match any look or mood. Or go for a nude lipgloss like MAC Lipglass in shade Myth.
Get your commuter cosmetic pack together, and apply your pared down make-up with speed, and pride!