These Genius Commuter Makeup Hacks Will Save You Serious Time + Embarrassment
In a world where public transportation has never been easier or more accessible and our schedules just won’t slow down, you may have found yourself in a dreaded moment of needing to do your makeup on the go during your morning commute. It’s never an ideal situation, but most definitely necessary on those mornings you hit snooze one too many times. I’ve observed many people executing this task, the most impressive of which was a woman applying mascara in a crowded train — while standing. Mind. Blown. This is not a task I’d advise the average, unrehearsed gal to attempt, but there are a few morning routine tips and tricks of the trade that I find extremely helpful for moments when you’re in a commuter-beauty bind. I even took a day to travel throughout SF with our beauty photographer Kurt Andre to make sure this routine was possible on every form of public transportation. Read on for three game-changing hacks and some words of advice for doing your makeup on the go.
Hack 1: Strategically Pack Your Travel Beauty Bag
– stick foundation
– stick concealer
– stick bronzer
– stick blush
– stick shadow
– dual-ended brow pencil
– mini mascara
– compact powder (with mirror)
For my travel makeup bag, I used the trèStiQue Essential 8 Set ($175), which you can custom build with your colors. This particular kit is my go-to because each product comes in stick form, which is ideal to use while traveling. Not to mention, it’s a major space saver. I ended up using a different makeup bag than the one it came with because I added more products to my travel kit. You’ll want a travel-size mascara because it’s easier to hold while in motion. I love my Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Deluxe Mini ($12). Finally, get a two-for-one by packing a powder compact with a mirror and brush built in. I’m using Benefit Cosmetics “Hello Flawless!” Powder Foundation ($34).
Real talk — public transportation is fantastically convenient for the most part, but atrociously unsanitary if you’re planning on touching your face. Make sure you have a hand sanitizer at the ready before diving into your routine. You’ll also want to have tissues to wipe your fingers between each makeup product, since you’re probably not using brushes and you don’t want to accidentally smudge the wrong hue in the wrong place.
Hack 2: Be Prepared
Step 1: After you’ve sanitized your hands, apply your foundation, followed by concealer and then bronzer. Blend in gently with your fingers. The trèStiQue set I have actually has built-in brushes on the other end of each product to help blend, which is super clutch!
Hack 3: Nail Your 5-Minute Commuter Face from Start to Finish
Step 2: Next, smile and get that sun-kissed glow by adding blush to the apples of your cheeks. I literally saw three different women on the train doing their makeup while shooting this tutorial. The struggle is real!
Step 3: Don’t skip your brows just because you’re on the go! Instead, choose a moment when you’re waiting for your ride.
Eyeliner can be a SCARY thing when you’re moving, but youget it done. Same rules apply as above — make sure you’re at a standstill or in very slow motion before getting to this move. Listen: If I can do this on a bus, you can too!
Step 5: Apply mascara with caution! Having the travel size really does help you control the wand for this part of your routine.
Final Moves: Wait for your walk from the train/bus/curb to apply the face powder that will set your makeup. The lighting is often insane on public transportation, so you’ll want that final step done in natural light where you can make sure everything is blended and in place. Finally, add your lips, and voilà! You’re fresh faced, glowing and ready to tackle your day!
See ya out there!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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