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How to (Safely) Do Your Makeup on the Train

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    NEWSLETTERS

    We're both flabbergasted and impressed by the women we spot every day doing makeup on their way to work. Heck, one of our friends recently told us she goes through her entire routine -- foundation to eyeliner (eyeliner!) -- on the subway. Once we heard MAC had opened a new Grand Central outpost, we figured we'd get an expert's take. M.A.C Senior Artist Romero Jennings was kind enough to help us out.

    How do you avoid creating a total mess on the train?
    Applying makeup quickly and safely is really important -- it means you have to be organized. Eye shadow palettes are usually easy to find during the holidays so it's the best time to shop for portable minis that will keep your makeup station neat and compact.

    What are the essentials we should have in our bag?
    M.A.C. concealers, Mineralized Skinfinish Natural, Mineralized blush, mascara, a nude lip liner with a gloss, a brow pencil, a shadow palette, and a small set of brushes.

    Phew! That's kind of a lot. What should we absolutely never attempt?
    I would avoid an eye pencil since it would be a dangerous thing to try and apply on a moving train! (Note to friend: She's talking to you!) I would recommend the 266 or 219 brush from M.A.C. and a dark brown shadow to use as a soft liner instead of a pencil.

    Okay, we're terrified but ready to attempt it. Any last words?
    Use products that can be used for multiple parts of the face -- they're easy to use and verstatile. Use eye shadows as eye liner or gel liners as an eye shadow base or even as shadow.