If you’re like me, you automatically reach into your purse for your lipstick at the end of the meal. Applying lipstick in a restaurant is commonplace enough that it often goes unnoticed. Besides, it doesn’t take any special skill to swipe some color over your lips, even if you don’t have a mirror.
A friend of mine applies her full make-up regalia during her morning commute. Using her rearview mirror, she performs this act in perfect synchronization with the stop lights along the way. She can dab on concealer, bronzer, and lip gloss, not to mention perk up her eyes with mascara and eyeliner, all with a steady hand. By the time she’s reached her office, her face is painted to flawless perfection. It’s a talent for sure, and one that I couldn’t hope to imitate. Besides, I don’t drive to work.
I commute using public transportation and the jostling that takes place on the subway or bus, not to mention the other passengers pressed up against you like sardines, and the students who whip around and whack you with their backpacks, all render the application of make-up impossible – or so I thought until the other day.
A woman sitting across from me reached into her tote bag and took out a false eyelash. It looked like a big bushy caterpillar. Using the tips of her fingernails as a substitute tweezer, she methodically picked off every bit of caked-on glue from the base of the eyelash. Next, she took out a tiny tube of glue and strategically applied three dots. When the glue was dry – remember, this was a moving train – she pressed the eyelash onto her lid. She then repeated the process for the other eye. I could not believe MY EYES! Wish I could’ve stuck around to see what she’d do next, but we had reached my stop.