It was a cold, dark, rainy, bleak and depressing day.
I squeezed into a Delhi metro, and despite being barely able to move, decided that I just had to put on my mascara before I got to my class. I reached into my bag, grabbed a mirror and wand, and positioned myself in a way that I’d be able to do both my eyes quickly. I finished one eye, and had just started on the other when the train jerked to a sudden stop.
I wasn’t prepared.
Next thing I knew, I was falling forward, reaching for something, literally anything — to stop me from being one with the metro floor. (Do you know where that floor has been? The metro, ew) To make matters worse, I lost my balance trying to not drop everything, failed miserably… and grabbed some guy’s crotch. I was so absolutely mortified, mumbled an apology, and took my one mascara’d eye to the next train.
The guy was amused (or: aroused) and I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me whole.
Moral of the story: Truly master the following tips to avoid sexually harassing innocent bystanders or poking your eyeball out! Additionally, if you’re trying to reach for a pole, be doubly sure that it’s the metal kind, not flesh.
Avoid pouring over skin coloured liquid where someone probably spilled their urine recently. If you simply MUST do this in a moving vehicle; powders and foundation sticks are your best bet. I’m clearly not the most motion insensitive person, nor am I super acquainted with doing my makeup in a moving vehicle; but I always try finding a place to rest my elbows. Really, it makes most of the difference.
With the car violently shaking backhand forth and every direction between back and forth, it is very hard to get anything remotely close to precision with lipstick or lip liner. Get a clear liner — best investment ever — and skip the liquid lip. It’s easy to mess up, and there’s no fixing it once it’s set in. This is where stains and blotters come handy.
If you have time to apply any makeup at home, finish your eyes first. I also save this for last because it’s the most daunting concept. You’ll have better lighting, wont be putting your eyes at risk of an unfortunate and potentially very dangerous poking-accident. Though as a general rule of thumb, the fatter the liner stick — more control you have, and less likely you are to injure yourself. Stay really away from windows and try not getting arrested!
saumya R chawla
The writer loves to over-share, drink wine & watch period dramas