Do You Make Up in Public?

On Wednesday I was on my way home, on the tube after work and a lady came on my carriage and sat opposite me. No biggie, I don't really pay my fellow passengers much attention unless they're either digging the contents of their nostrils out like the disgusting mutant sat next to me on Monday, or if they're just simply mad, like the dude who always gets on at a certain stop and starts doing him gym stretches in the middle of the carriage ..and then promptly removes his top! I kid you not, but anyway I digress.

So this lady sits down, and then starts rummaging through her rucksack and pulls out her make up bag. She then proceeded to give herself a full facial makeover before my very eyes. I tried not to stare, so would glance away every few seconds, but she had me truly transfixed from start to finish - I even picked up new application tips from her!



I loved how I recognised every single product she pulled out of her bag. Out came Benefit Hoola, No 7 Skin Illuminator, a Lancome mascara.. I was in my friggin element, it was like a live beauty You Tube tutorial live on the Northern Line! She even made me want to try those Max Factor Smoky Eyeshadows - she was using 2 Smoky Haze. I amused myself further by trying to guess where she was going and who she was going to meet - look, I have a 30 min tube journey, I had to entertain myself somehow!

By the time she stepped off at London Bridge, she looked gorgeous - yet had still maintained a really natural look despite slapping on what seemed like an endless stream of products. I wanted to get up out of my seat and give her a standing ovation! Not only because she looked flippin' gorgeous, but also because I would just never ever have the guts to do that - not in a packed tube carriage. Oh no! I hate the idea of everybody staring in my face. The nearest I get to 'touching up' in public are in the bathrooms at work or in a restaurant - even then I'm slightly embarassed when somebody walks in. If I'm sat on a half empty bus, then maybe ..but I just don't have the guts to start from scratch as she did and just go for it. Foundation, concealer, mascara, liner, eye shadow, blusher - EVERYTHING!!

I don't mind seeing women apply their make up in public, although I prefer touch-ups rather than viewing the full works, especially first thing in the morning. I mean really? If having a full face of slap is so important, why didn't you just wake up a little earlier? On the other hand, clipping nails or tweezing brows is a definite no-no for me. If your actions result in body hair, skin or matter or any sort being removed from your personal being, then we're gonna have a problem! I feel the same when people bite their nails in public and I can see the bitten nail being moved around in their mouth as they wait for 'the right moment' to spit it out ..in public. Disgusting...

So over to you, I wanna hear your thoughts on applying make up in public. Tell me your horror stories!





28 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Oh! Panda (Rebecca) said...

I find watching people put make-up on in public fascinating. I have done it once or twice myself but generally it'sbeen on an empty (or near empty!) train or coach and it's because it's been a very early start and I've just not had time before I'veleft the house.

I am so nosey, even if someone whips out a lippy for a touch up I want to know what brand and colour it is! I love watching people apply makeup, probably why I love You Tube tutorials so much!

britishbeautyblogger said...

I always like seeing people do their make up on the train.. I've seen twitter comments from people who think it is a no-no but personally I love to see how it is going to turn out. Always fascinated about how people have their routine off pat and could probably do it anywhere and possibly even in the dark!

Caroline said...

A girl sat across from me on the train once,brought out a pair of nail clippers, and started clipping! All over the floor! I was terrified they'd start landing on me so promptly switched seats, giving her a disgusted look as I did so. But even from the other side of the train, it went on and on and on for a good 15 mins...I wanted to hurl :(

Victoria said...

I'd never do it, I bearly never take a lipstick/gloss out with me to re-apply in the toilets. I do stare though at people doing their whole face on the train, I can't help myself.

70e6b5e2-d710-11e0-8a53-000bcdcb471e said...

I've done it on empty trains early in morning but i do think some things should be private. Also my train is generally so squashed in the morning that it would be physically impossible to put makeup on even if i wanted to(even breathing out is a challenge sometimes)

I've seen a lady tweezing their chin on the Jubilee line tube which is definitely a step beyond too far.

pollyyyb123 said...

i personally hate it when people are constantly doing their make up and touching up

i think the point of make up for me is to make myself appear better, so touching up every 30 mins in front of people is just showing them all, i need make up to look better and that i actually do wear lots of make up and i think its really vain and annoying to keep touching up!!

and i can't do make up infront of people, makes me cringe!!

but this woman obviously ran out of time getting ready at home so i think its fine but would never do it

Stina said...

Ha ha this made me laugh, that might have been me you were watching (except you'd have know obviously)
I have to admit that on the 2 days a week that I work, I do my full face on the tube or train!

But I feel I have a reason: My journey takes 2 hours each way to work, so I have from 7-9am on transport, and to get to my train station for 7am, I have to get up at 6am (to shower, 15 min walk etc..)

So me it's simply so much easier bringing my full MU bag, and start from scratch, foundation, concealer, powder, blusher, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, gloss etc.
When doing it on the tube there's always one person opposite looking at me, so as much as possible I try to just do it on the train, where I get a 2 person seat, where I am not facing anyone!

But yes- I am so used to it now.

But clipping nails is a bit wrong! Make that very wrong!

Butterfly Jones said...

I don't like it when it's the whole foundation bit. Looks a bit unhygienic to me. But I understand needs must sometimes. I usually leave my lipgloss and mascara application until I get on the tube. Saves me a precious few minutes in the morning as I start so early. People who clip their fingernails or bite the skins, or dig out the dirt under their fingernails with their teeth disgust me. Usually women. Just wrong.

CopyCat - Smashinbeauty said...

I think its kinda "dirty" to do that but if she had no time then she really had no choice. But I am against putting on your whole makeup on the go. Touch ups are fine but that is only OK if you really over slept or something

Louise said...

As someone who loves my sleep when I used to go to work I always ended up putting a bit of slap on on the bus on because I didn't have time at home I personally don't have a problem with it -as needs must :)there are worse things that people do on public transport thats for certain xx

beautygeeek, Lola said...

I never do my make up on the underground, i'm far too embarrassed (plus i hardly ever get a seat)! However, i love watching other people do their make up on a moving train - it's a skill for sure! The worst thing is when they take a second to glance up, they clock me stalking them x

Nini said...

I too enjoy watching people do their make up on the train. For one I'm fascinated at the pure skill it takes, not making a mess regardless of all the jolting. Almost every time I get on the Piccadilly line I find a lady doing her make up pretty much from start to finish. On the Central line they have little signs saying not to do your makeup lol.
But as much as I enjoy watching others do their makeup, I won't do my own makeup in public. I only wear eyeshadow and lipstick but I will do it in private or excuse myself.

Curves ahead makeup said...

I agree touch up's are cool but all made mmm not to good !!!

Beth said...

I'm all for applying makeup in public. As you said in the poll, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

If I am out in client meetings I leave my house at 6am and so once I've hauled myself out of bed, showered and got ready I don't have time to do my makeup. I'd have to get up even earlier and I like my bed!

Usually, I do my makeup sitting in Starbucks and I use my laptop's webcam as a mirror. It's more subtle than getting a mirror out and I love the idea that people think I'm doing it without!

Bx

BeautyStalker said...

I've done my make up on public transport only less than a handful of times (not including touch ups). But on all those occasions I was both accompanied by atleast one friend and it was most like on the way to a night out. I personally wouldnt get my full face on, on a train partly because as women we tend to only be understanding at our own convinience, and I am admittingly concious of anyone having a vain or superficial opinion of me, even if I am only going to see them for the next 30mins or so. But like wise I think I'd be equally as fascinated watching someone else do so. I dont think its annoying at all its not my face their painting so I see no reason to find offence *shrugs*. My only concern apart from that would be hygiene but otherwise go ahead ladies hehe

ModestyBrown said...

I was in a bit of a quandary about my response. I'd prefer not to see a full face application. I think foundation is better off applied at home but when needs must and all that. I'm not sure I'd fancy doing in on the tube though. I have frequently applied makeup on the train but I feel very uncomfortable in a full carriage. I need to sit and sift the memory banks for a story....I may be back!
Jane x

MyFashionAddictions said...

Woah I would not have the guts, but commend anyone who does. I don't find it rude.
I'm sometimes even shy to touch up lipgloss/lipstick infront of guys out of fear of appearing *too* self obsessed haha. I prefer the more effortless look, or at least for everything to be done in private.
If I have to go somewhere though I'd do my make-up in public. But only if it was a wedding or huge event I simply could not go to without a face of make-up.

nicoletta said...

I have applied my makeup on trains buses in the car and i dont mind at all if people look. I have a friend who constantly applied lippy whereever we are and i find it quite amusing xx

Ava said...

I don't think it's no-no, but for some reason I involuntarily turn away when I see someone applying makeup in transit. It's as if they are doing something very private - intimate - that I shouldn't witness. That said, I love to watch makeovers at department stores.

I wonder if single women who apply make up in public would want a potential mate to see them doing so. Kills the mystery.

BreezeyBee said...

i dont know..
well i do and a touch up is fine but doing your whole make up in public is just WIERD! find a restroom or something i dont know.

if its an empty public space.. go for it lol
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benish said...

touch ups are fine but putting on everything in a train is too much but than i think women do this when they don't have enough time at home.

Helen (Nice Things) said...

I've done a whole look before, and the comments I got just were not worth it. I didn't like being gawped at.

I've seen people paint their nails on the train before and gas out the entire carriage. Now, you know me, I like a bit of nail polish but not at 7.30am. Put me off my coffee!

Doma-Nikki said...

I couldnt do it myself but it amazes me how many women I see put on a full face of make up in the morning on their way to work! x

Joycie G said...

I've done it few times myself, when I've woken up late. I rather do it on the tube than go to work without a little make up on and I do enjoy watching women put their face on. To me, it's like watching an artist's vision unfold in front your eyes.

On the whole, I do believe touch ups and make up application should be done in the bathroom and/or in private.

As for clipping nails in public, that is disgusting and rude; if I saw a lady doing it in front of me, I would ask her to stop.

Sankofa said...

I used to do my entire face on the train and I still tend to do at least my eyes. I have no problem with it. Like you, as long as it doesn't involve tweezing or plucking then what's the problem? You're not invading anybody else's space.

I like to do my makeup on the train because I live in zone 4 and therefore everywhere I go takes AT LEAST an hour. Instead of staring in the faces of miserable people on the Northern line I might as well put that hour to good use! I even find the time to read the Metro afterwards...

Annette said...

I hate when I see ladies apply their makeup on transport.. It really annoys me. Attacking warpaint so early in the morning on a packed out train. Why do it??

My advice is wake up early or a decent enough time so you apply your makeup on and not for a big show to those less interested.

The thing that makes me laugh is when the train/bus jerks.. There goes your lipstick/mascara/eyeliner In the completely different direction.

A touch up of lipgloss is fine. But anything else where the full contents of your makeup bag is out.. nahhh man!!

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Vicky 25-36 said...

I'm completely the same, I get embarrassed at the thought of applying/touching up my makeup in public, god knows why. I just feel it's an awkward thing.

In february I had to get a super early train to london, waking up even earlier than 5.30 was a no so I embraced the train with no makeup. I sat there for hours contemplating when to actually apply my makeup, the train was packed & I had to fight myself to eventually get my makeup bag out & put it on, turning up to head office for a work event with no makeup on probably wouldn't go down well with anyone, so it had to be done.

Under the Influence said...

Though I've done it on several occasions, I'm not a huge fan of applying make-up on the train, doing in a full carriage is a no-no, partly due to the train jerking.

In saying that though, I'm one of those women fascinated with others applying theirs and will sit and watch. I see no problem other females doing theirs.

 

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