How often do you find yourselves rushing out of the house and resorting to applying your makeup while on the bus, train or in the car? If only we could spare some time from our busy schedules to properly apply makeup at home!



Fret no more ladies, and keep reading for some top tips from make-up artists that will have you looking picture perfect while on the go:

CHOOSE COLOURS AS CLOSE TO YOUR NATURAL SHADE AS YOU CAN

You need a steady hand and plenty of time to apply a full lipstick in dark or bright colours. To avoid mistakes, go for shades as close as possible to your natural tones.

When you're in transit, use your lip tone as a guide and choose the closest coloured gloss, tinted balm or lip stain, with a built-in applicator for speed and ease.

GET STEADY

Jolt-proof your make-up application as much as possible by steadying yourself on a stable surface. 'Always rest your elbow where you can, for example, on a train table,' says Leanne Shaw, session make-up artist for Boot's Frontcover Cosmetics . 'Otherwise tuck your elbow into your chest or stomach.'

PICK THE BEST SEAT

If you're travelling overground, try to sit by the window where you're less likely to be jogged by passing commuters. 'You'll also get natural daylight so you can be sure of perfecting your complexion,' says make-up artist Ariane Poole. 'Also, if you're uncomfortable about applying make-up in public, turning your face to the window will give you more privacy.'

PERFECT YOUR COMPLEXION

Even out your complexion only where it needs it. Save time with an all-in-one foundation and powder - or, better still, a tinted moisturiser. 'It's a common misconception that you need to cover every inch of the face,' says pro Jackie Tyson. 'Apply a little to the T-zone and blend until it disappears.'

BE DISCREET

Applying concealer, particularly spot cover-up, can be mortifying in public. Cut the embarrassment factor by treading lightly and treating your face like a fine painting rather than a disaster zone. 'Use a brush pen and keep it quick, light and unfussy,' says Leanne Shaw. 

GET THE EYES RIGHT

For eye make-up application, it's best to wait until the vehicle you're in has come to a halt. Celebrity make-up artist Jackie Tyson says: 'use a large mascara wand so you can apply colour quickly and don't have to go over the lashes too many times. Christian-Dior's Diorshow mascara is great for this.'

To avoid black smudges, hold the mirror low and look down without bending your head - that way you will avoid getting mascara all over your eyelids. If you really must apply liquid eyeliner, buy one with a felt-tip style applicator.

'Avon Perfect Wear Liquid Eye Liner Pen is great and super- easy to use,' says Jackie Tyson.

'Use your little finger to steady your hand, resting it on your cheek for perfect application.' For safety's sake, don't use a pointy pencil around your eyes when you're on the move. Instead, choose a kohl pencil that's soft and glides on easily the first time. use short feathery strokes.

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