Uber is a total lifesaver—we really can’t remember life before the game-changing app came along. But while your booking ride is real piece of cake, applying your makeup once you’re inside the vehicle, proves to be a difficult challenge.
Whether it’s stop lights, lack of mirrors or sharp turns, it may be difficult to achieve that flawless face when you’re sitting pretty in the backseat. However, expert makeup artists argue that application doesn’t have to be complicated, especially because there are useful tips that will suffice, even if you have a pocket-size mirror on hand.
To successfully apply your makeup on the go, know that things don’t have to get messy. To simplify the process, here are six beauty hacks to try during your next Uber ride.
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Use Your Fingertips
Makeup brushes and blending always ensure a flawless and properly applied finish, but Giorgio Armani celebrity face designer Tim Quinn recommends passing on the clunky tools, especially because using your fingers proves to be more beneficial.
“The Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tints ($39) are genius, just sweep on and go,” he says. “Also try using a dark eye tint, as there’s no need for eye pencils and brushes—the tip of the wand (and your fingers of course) are perfect to apply a slightly smudged, modern smoky look.”
The same rule also applies for lipstick, as Kristen Therese Leonard, makeup artist and product developer for Winky Lux, stresses the importance of using your fingers for lipstick application. This is especially important because you probably won’t be able to apply lip liner with a steady hand.
“Try going for a stained look when applying lipstick,” she says. “Apply the lipstick to your finger first and then to your lips, keeping the edges blended and diffused.”
Time Your Application
Timing your application is also key, as you’ll want to make sure you apply your makeup during certain parts of your ride. Quinn says it’s best to apply eye makeup products at stop lights. That way you completely avoid any mistakes or sleight of hand.
In addition, celebrity makeup artist Jenny Patinkin advises to be weary of potholes, making it wise to skip out on complicated product application and just stick with the basics.
“Stains and liquid eyeliners should be avoided at all costs because they require a steady hand and set very quickly,” she explains. “One pothole can ruin your whole look, not to mention poke you in the eye.”
Try Easy Eye Looks
Unlike the easy swipe of some gloss and lipstick, mastering eye makeup looks in the backseat isn’t always an easy task. However, LAUREN + VANESSA makeup artist, Vanessa Ungaro, states that keeping it simple definitely makes things less complicated.
“Concealer is number one,” explains Ungaro. “Dot under your eyes and use it to cover any redness around your T-zone area. Then take a kohl pencil and make several dots near your upper lash line and smudge with your finger. Follow with two coats of mascara.”
But if you like something more attention-grabbing, Leonard states that achieving smoky eye looks is possible, especially because you can easily smudge your liners and shadows with your fingers.
“Smoky, smudgy looks are the best for when you’re in an unpredictable moving vehicle,” adds Leonard. “Use your finger as much as possible when applying makeup, as you are less likely to hurt yourself, and have more control than you would using a tool.”
Go for Nude Colors
Your backseat smoky eye may be doable, but Patinkin finds that it’s wise to avoid dark lip colors, as dramatic lip looks usually require more attention and precision. For a more flattering look, Patinkin says to try wearing nude tones, as these shades look more natural and usually less embarrassing to wear.
“Nude-colored lips are going to be more forgiving than dark or bright colors,” adds Patinkin. “With these sorts of looks, you usually need to pay attention to the edge of your lips.”
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Look for Double-Duty Tools
Looking for double-duty tools is another helpful backseat beauty hack, as these types of products allow you to cover lots of ground without all the clutter in your bag.
“The perfect product for backseat applications is my Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm ($10),” says Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty. “Apply this double-duty superstar to the apples of your cheeks, blending with your fingers for a see-through flush of brightness, and swipe a bit of the cushiony gloss for color to the lips.”
For additional time-saving tips, celebrity makeup artist Tonya Crooks recommends putting your concealer and lipstick to good use, especially if you don’t have foundation and blush on hand.
“Use a concealer stick and blend it out in place of foundation,” says Crooks. “Also try sheering out a little lipstick with Aquaphor on the back on your hand and apply to the apples of your cheeks for a natural-looking cream blush.”
Prep for Mistakes
But probably the most crucial, comes makeup wipes, which are a total must for backseat makeup application. “Stashing some wipes in your bag can help fix any makeup blunders,” says Ungaro. Plus, tools like these can also keep your hands clean from any messy application during your ride.
“If you are applying concealer or foundation with your hands, you can easily clean them with makeup wipes,” she says. “This is also beneficial in avoiding accidental outfit stains.”
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