When I was younger, some things in life – like putting on daily make up – would only ever be done in private. Stylish women would only show their face in public already made up, as if by magic. A mirrored powder compact and a lipstick may be flourished on occasion for a quick check and touch-up, but that was about it. The rest remained shrouded in feminine mystery… but not these days…
When I worked in Central London I used to travel on the tube from Leytonstone to Oxford Circus every morning, and I would frequently see women get on the train completely bare-faced, only to take out their generously-bulging make-up bag and proceed to apply a full make up during their daily commute to work. It was fascinating to watch, from moisturiser through concealer to foundation, powder and blusher, they would rub and blend and brush and dab, before beginning on enhancing their tired, not-quite-awake-yet eyes.
Not only would they shade and highlight their eyelids artistically with several different colours, and darken their nicely shapely brows, but also they would carefully and neatly apply an impressively thin line of eye-liner and lashings of mascara, all the while balancing themselves with amazing skill against the rhythmic rocking of the moving, heaving carriage. Then a beautiful bow of lip-liner, brushed-on filler lipstick, a smack of gloss applied with a provocative pout, and the transformation would be complete.
Finally with a swift but scrutinising look in the mirror, and a quick smile indicating apparent satisfied with the end result, they would methodically pack everything away again, all ready for the next day’s commute… 🙂