My Makeup Bag
My Makeup Bag

To me, Beauty-on-the-Go is short for putting-on-my-make-up-quickly-and-gracefully-while-riding-the-BART-train-to-work-in-the-morning. I’ve been doing this on a regular basis and it has quickly become an easy pre-work ritual… relaxing even. I wanted to share some tips and tricks that might be useful some day (maybe today) to those who need to get face-flawless really quickly and possibly while sitting in a moving vehicle. So let’s get started!


Most of the work is done just by choosing the items that go into your work bag with intent. You want items that are smaller, that serve multiple purposes and that ‘need’ to be there. Let’s break that down…

Size is intuitive; it’s annoying to carry large items so I always opt for travel sizes or mini versions where possible. Dwarf mascaras and lip glosses are especially easy to find. If it doesn’t fit in my blue bag, it’s out!

Next, you want items to be multi-purposeful. For example, my Clinique blush also comes with a mirror AND brush, so I don’t need to pack either. My brow pencil is double ended: one side tames the hair and the other side fills in empty spaces. My Becca tube is a natural looking cream blush and lip color. I just bought that trio eyeshadow palette by Smashbox because it can be used to achieve a range of looks. See what I mean?

Finally, things that NEED to be there. This depends on how you define your need. Maybe you don’t feel the need of anything besides a lip balm or maybe you prefer to have entire MAC counter with you. For me, I require my supreme three – a concealer, mascara and lip balm of some sort – but I also prefer the tools that help me look more fresh-faced, which is why I also carry a blush and an eyebrow pencil… (and you’d be surprised by how dramatic a change the eyebrows can make!). And while I’m even carrying a bag of products, I require the option of a range of looks to choose from, all depending on how I mix and match. After all, what’s the point of make up if you can’t have fun with it?!


You’ll see I don’t pack liners of any sort. Girl, putting on eyeliner while on a train, especially liquid liner, is an accident waiting to happen (although I did recently watch someone apply liquid black liner while riding the BUS on a winding road… she had menervous the whole time!). On top of the poking-one’s-eye-out scenario that I never want to hear about, you don’t want to be the person with some funky, uneven, sharpie-d on eyeliner walking out the station…don’t do it!!!  Same thing goes for mascara, and any product meant for the eye area -this can be dangerous if you’re not experienced. The eye area is the most delicate on the face, so if you haven’t mastered it, don’t worry! Save the eyes for last, when you get to where you’re going.


The BART isn’t the cleanest place, y’all, but I didn’t have to tell you that. So, just to avoid feeling gross, I generally avoid touching my face with my hands/fingers. Any products sitting on my skin (my serum, my SPF lotion) I put on before I leave the house. For my concealer, I carry a blending brush that helps me get it where I need it to be without germ-y hands, and same goes for my eyeshadow brush. You might feel differently about this but staying clean is a priority for me.


At least that’s how I choose to think of it. This less of a rule and more of something I have noticed WHENEVER I am putting on make up, whether it’s backstage before a show, getting ready to go out with my friends, or, of course, sitting amongst my fellow BART commuters. People are fascinated by the whole process of make up application, and it might make you a little nervous if you’re shy or if you’re not confident in what you’re doing. I say, don’t worry about it. In fact, I’ve learned a trick or two from ladies who apply their make up around me, gotten a peek at which products and how many they carry, and admired their techniques. Above all, keep doin’ you, and let them watch ‘n learn!

Here’s before my routine, and after!

Lookin a little bare...
Lookin a little bare…


That's better!
That’s better!

Do you have an early morning face ritual? Any other tricks you’ve learned from your own beauty-on-the-go experiences?



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