With only 24 hours in the day, there are some days when we just can’t afford to do our makeup in front of the mirror. On a good day, we can just do it in the bathroom at work or school, or we could always just embrace the bare-face look. But some days we just aren’t so lucky, and we have to do our makeup in a moving vehicle — be it in the passenger’s seat of an Uber, standing on a crowded train or subway or the back seat of Mom’s car.
As beauty editors, we’ve seen plenty of beauty gurus apply a full-face of makeup in the car (like it’s easy!) leaving us to wonder what would happen if we did the same. Disclaimer: It’s not easy and we don’t necessarily encourage you to do this too often (though you would get really, really good in time). In preparation for our next trip down Park Ave in a taxi, we reached out to beauty influencer Julia Salvia for her best tips.
“I would say slowly applying your product helps, especially for mascara, eyeliner and lip liner,” explains Salvia. “Applying just a little bit at a time rather than doing it all at once. And if you can see the road, look out for any incoming bumps!”
So obviously, we needed to give it a try. I called an Uber to get to work one special morning (#TreatYoSelf) to do my makeup en-route. Here’s what I learned:
Start With Foundation You Can Apply With Your Hands
Kudos to you if you’re content carrying around a full set of makeup brushes, but we’re opting for the easiest route: applying foundation with our hands or using a stick formula to keep things mess-free. I personally opted for my IT Cosmetics Oil-Free Matte CC Cream, used my fingers to blend it in and then used a makeup wipe to cleanse my hands of extra formula. Complexion = done.
Wait for a Red Light for Your Hard-to-Apply Products
If you just can’t bear a day without your eyeliner or lip liner, save it for a moment when you’re stuck in stress-inducing traffic or at a redlight. Don’t try and be a superhero if the car starts moving — you don’t have time to fix your errors. Once your eyeliner is complete, apply your mascara — being extra, extra careful not to poke yourself in the eye (guilty as charged).
Sticks Are Your Friends!
Leave your face palette at home, and fully commit to bringing your blush, highlight and bronzer routine to life using makeup sticks. We love the Maybelline Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter to give your cheekbones and brow bones illumination in seconds as well as the L'Oréal Paris Longwear Blush Shaping Stick for easy color. Finish the look with a bronzing stick from Nudestix. As an alternative for your eyeshadow, swipe some color onto your finger and sweep onto your eyelids.
Dab On an Easy-to-Apply Lippie
Applying a bullet lipstick in the backseat of a fast-moving Uber leaves a lot of room for error. We recommend dabbing some product onto your finger and then dabbing it onto your lips. For a long-lasting formula in city-approved shades, try Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink City Edition. And if you’re looking for just a hint of dewy color, get your hands on the new Kiehl’s Love Oil for Lips.
Set Your Makeup and Then Tip Your Uber Driver
Set your makeup with a long-lasting setting spray like Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. If your skin is feeling a little dull, try Lilah B. Aglow Face Mist for a hint of sparkle and glow.