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Is Applying Makeup in Public a Do or a Don't?

Is Applying Makeup in Public a Do or a Don't?

This morning I boarded the bus, only to notice a fellow rider putting on her makeup. I'm not talking about a little touchup, either—it was the whole shebang. She plucked product after product from her bag: foundation, concealer, powder, eye shadow, lip liner, eyeliner, mascara and so on. By the time she pulled out the eyelash curler, half of the bus riders were trying not to stare. DearSugar and I agree that it's a tacky transit don't. What do you think?

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Allytta Allytta 7 years
sounds like you guys were born in a elevetor or public transport bus and then raised by some woman with no boundaries or common sense.
hellomodupe hellomodupe 7 years
i don't think i'd do it...
hellomodupe hellomodupe 7 years
i don't think i'd do it...
ranianed ranianed 7 years
i dont get out the tweezers in public but its fine to apply a quick gloss or touch up of powder -- why not? im expected to look a certain way but not allowed to do it except in private -- what a pile of poop! also im ok with applying makeup on your way to work -- that extra 20 minutes of sleep means a lot to me!
phree2b phree2b 8 years
Yes, but maybe she was running late for work and at least she was on her time at not her employers. I do not know the whole situation...
Peyote Peyote 8 years
Such a vain thing to do!
Peyote Peyote 8 years
Such a vain thing to do!
MamaD MamaD 8 years
Touch up the lips? Fine but spackle the whole face? NO!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
I live in NYC and I take the train to work every morning, I see many women applying (the whole 9) make up their make up. Its like a science. Every one is staring because they transform right before your eyes! I like to watch them because I dont wear make up so I like to see how people apply it on. It really doesnt bother me much, these women are usually in their own world, I think its a great time saver and it gives me something to look like during my commute to work
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
I live in NYC and I take the train to work every morning, I see many women applying (the whole 9) make up their make up. Its like a science. Every one is staring because they transform right before your eyes!I like to watch them because I dont wear make up so I like to see how people apply it on. It really doesnt bother me much, these women are usually in their own world, I think its a great time saver and it gives me something to look like during my commute to work
ash_aholic ash_aholic 8 years
Little touch up is ok..! But applying full makeup in public is a big DON'T!
peachiepink peachiepink 8 years
a little blush, blotting, or lipgloss is dandy, but doing everything is just kind of odd.
sandinmytoes sandinmytoes 8 years
as long as it's not physically affecting the people in her vicinity, i don't see what the big deal is. one thing i can't stand is when people spray perfume on a flight!! most of the time the scent makes me want to hurl.
Monica_r Monica_r 8 years
well, normally i only think a little touch up is okay. i always touch up my blush and lips in public. but if im late for work, i do almost my whole makeup in the train. (except for the face-base, that i cant put on in public!) but of course in the far back where only 1-or-2 people can see it. i do think its a little uncomfortable for people to watch me put on my make-up. but its important to look presentable for work! think about, you dont know the people in the train, but you DO know the people at work. so i dont really care about what a stranger on a train thinks of me. ;)
Monica_r Monica_r 8 years
well, normally i only think a little touch up is okay. i always touch up my blush and lips in public. but if im late for work, i do almost my whole makeup in the train. (except for the face-base, that i cant put on in public!) but of course in the far back where only 1-or-2 people can see it. i do think its a little uncomfortable for people to watch me put on my make-up. but its important to look presentable for work! think about, you dont know the people in the train, but you DO know the people at work. so i dont really care about what a stranger on a train thinks of me.;)
bustacat97 bustacat97 8 years
Recently I saw this woman in front of me in rush-hour traffic do everything - starting with brushing the teeth (opening the door to spit) so gross, plucking brows, foundation face and eye makeup, lips and then curl the hair! I was in traffic for an hour and saw it all! When she was done she had a smoke as if it was really good sex :)
reese05 reese05 8 years
I saw a woman do this before and although I admire how she can skillfully apply make-up while the bus is moving...I cannot help but get embarassed for her. It's really so tacky!
xo_verity xo_verity 8 years
I agree with demeter... its no big deal :P
MaggieEmmons MaggieEmmons 8 years
Sometimes in the airport if I have a delay between flights, I'll do my make-up in public. I get some odd looks, but when I haven't seen my family in months, I want to look nice.
libs1dlab libs1dlab 8 years
I have to admit I've done it once or twice. I think putting mascara on in a moving bus/train/car is dangerous. If I am running really late, I either go without make up or I tone it way down to lips and eyeliner.
beam4888 beam4888 8 years
i did my whole routine once at work, hoping to not be noticed at my desk....after i was done i looked up everyone was staring with blank expressions...finally one of the girls scarcasticly said, "wow, you can put on mascara without a mirror, huh?"i learned my lesson
beam4888 beam4888 8 years
i did my whole routine once at work, hoping to not be noticed at my desk....after i was done i looked up everyone was staring with blank expressions...finally one of the girls scarcasticly said, "wow, you can put on mascara without a mirror, huh?" i learned my lesson
bea-arthur bea-arthur 8 years
Other than mascara while driving, I don't think I've ever seen anyone apply full face makeup in public. I have, however, been on the BART when someone thought that was the time and place to cut their fingernails. The train was so quiet we could hear the clippers, and hear little *pings* of the clipped nails flying around. It was seriously nauseating.
demeter demeter 8 years
I don't think it's a big deal, as long as women aren't doing it while they're driving who cares?
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