It’s all too easy to feel optimistic about rising early when you set your alarm at midnight, but come the dreaded 6am siren, hitting that snooze button is far too tempting… An hour of unscheduled beauty sleep later and you’re racing to get out of the door on time/button your shirt/down a coffee before remembering that you haven’t even set eyes upon your makeup bag. We’ve all been there, which means mastering the art of on-the-go makeup is a valuable life lesson. On mornings when you simply don’t have time, consider multitasking on your commute instead. A task made infinitely easier by the fact that beauty brands are fast becoming savvy to the need for compact, portable, easy to use products that can be applied on the go.
Whether you’re travelling by train, tram, bus or car (red lights only please!), not only will these products give you good face for the day ahead, but they will also allow you to downsize your beauty bag (and routine) into something much more manageable. Say hello to a stress-free morning.
When in transit you can rule out primers, foundations, powders, and buffing brushes – the mess, hassle and (lack of) hygiene factor is never worth it. Instead, the trick is to turn to a single multi-tasking product – preferably in powder compact form, which you can apply effortlessly and build up coverage with slowly. Try the PUR Cosmetics 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make up Foundation SPF15, which allows you to fake a well-rested glow in just a few seconds, and handily encompasses skincare benefits within the weightless skin-perfecting formula. A quick buff with the included applicator (no fingers means less transference of germs) gives weightless coverage, hydration, and protection to keep skin looking fresh, smooth and radiant all day long. Plus the mirror will serve you well throughout the remainder of your routine, and the sleek compact is rather handbag friendly as well.
Applying lipstick on-the-go is no mean feat. The solution? A lip stain, the perfect alternative to smeared lipstick all over your face, which will also double-up and multi-task as a blusher. Vapour Organic Beauty’s Aura Multi Use Stain is one of the best lip-cheek hybrids going – the 2-in-1 formula is perfect for girls on the go. Highly pigmented, just a single dab blended out is enough to create a defined pout with a subtle dewy finish that lasts all day. As a cheek tint, it gives a pretty flush of colour and feels super light and non-sticky. Blended on with fingertips, the semi-opaque formula leaves minimal margin for error; simply swipe, blend, and go – no brush necessary.
The need for speed is real – especially when you’re commuting. Eyeshadow in stick form is perhaps the most innovative way to apply makeup when you’re in transit. Rich and creamy, the Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes deliver an intense flash of colour via a unique pen format that makes shaping the lid effortless. What’s more, the over-achieving formula is enriched with caffeine extract, which serves to quell puffiness and stimulate the skin’s natural lifting abilities – exactly what tired eyes need pre-9am. Simply apply a small amount of the cream-to-powder formula to the lid, blend to define contours, and layer it up to achieve the intensity you want.
Lash curlers and moving vehicles are never a good combination, so instead opt for a mascara that not only lengthens and thickens your lashes, but also shapes them into a lasting curl. Kevyn Aucoin’s The Essential Mascara is a great all-rounder and the curved brush is specifically designed to shape the lashline, giving the kind of lift and boost normally only achieved with eyelash curlers and vigorous pumping action.
It’s no secret that groomed brows make you appear infinitely more polished and can pull together a look, so don’t be tempted to pass on this game-changing step. In lieu of multiple brow pencils, gels, and powders, instead opt for a single product that encompasses the merits of all. We particularly love Eyeko’s Brow Gel, which fills in sparse areas, defines, shapes, and set brows in place with colour, dimension, and hold.
Nothing screams convenience quite like a portable brush – designed to perform multiple application and blending techniques, and ideal for throwing in your purse for touch-ups throughout the day. Enter the Edward Bess Retractable Buff & Blend Brush; though it looks simple, this innovative tool is a true beauty multi-tasker, the Swiss Army knife of make up brushes, if you like. Its compact convenience make it essential for on-the-go touch-ups. Angled to fit the contours of the face, the density and impact of the silky bristles can be adjusted with a quick twist of the handle to cater to different textures of product.