Is It Appropriate To Apply Makeup On Public Transportation?

August 10, 2015 by Rachel Gulmi
shefinds | beauty

The other morning while sitting on the train going to work I noticed a woman beginning to apply makeup. I’m not talking touching up her eyeliner or putting on lipstick, this woman was applying her entire face. I personally do not agree with putting on makeup in public areas, especially on public transportation. It disrupts other passengers and can be invasive at times.

According to a study in 2013, one in three women feel “most comfortable” when applying makeup on public transportation. The women in the study say they rather sleep in and use the time they sit on a train or bus to apply makeup. The study also found that 40% of people say “they would ask people to stop if it was annoying them.”

If you strongly feel the need to apply makeup on public transportation, keep these things in mind:

1. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not clip your nails or pop your pimples on public transportation. Not only is this straight up disgusting, but it’s completely unsanitary and strangers don’t need to witness that part of your beauty routine. God forbid a nail goes flying to the person sitting next to you.

2. Use minimal products. You don’t need to bring your entire vanity set onto the train or bus. Use products that can be used for multiple things, like a lip and cheek stain, for instance. Don’t take up the entire seat next to you with your makeup bag.

3. Don’t forget hand sanitizer. Do you know how many germs you come in contact with on public transportation? Before applying any makeup, sanitize your hands so you don’t spread the germs to your face, lips and eyes.

4. Use brushes. This goes hand-in-hand with sanitation. Don’t use your fingers to apply eyeshadows, concealer, etc. Also, this will keep your hands makeup-free so you won’t accidentally smear the residue onto your clothing, seats or anyone else for that matter.

5. Keep it fragrance-free. Some people may have sensitive noses or allergies to certain smells, like perfume. Wait until you get outside of the train or bus to spray on perfume. Also, don’t go spraying your hair with a whole can of hairspray, either. It should also go without saying that nail polish should be left home.

Do you think it’s okay to apply makeup on public transportation?

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