Is it rude to ap­ply makeup on pub­lic tran­sit?

It’s per­fectly po­lite, says The Kit’s ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor, but that’s not where the prob­lem lies

StarMetro Edmonton - - DAILY LIFE - Kathryn Hud­son

I ride the sub­way to work ev­ery day and I’m happy about that for the most part: It means the time is use­ful and saves me the has­sle of traf­fic. In fact, I often spend the ride do­ing my makeup, which means I don’t have to do it at home.

The other day I no­ticed some­one rolling their eyes at me though. I got wor­ried. Is do­ing my makeup on the train maybe in­ap­pro­pri­ate? Can you sort this out for me since I don’t want to be of­fend­ing any­one.

— Anne, Eto­bi­coke

Let’s just take a sec­ond to pat our­selves on the back. I also ride the train into work and would ar­gue that, at its best, it’s the most peace­ful part of my day.

No one has any de­mands on your time and, in­stead, you can just be shut­tled through space, let­ting an­other driver take con­trol — which is rare for most adult women who al­ways need to have a foot pushed firmly down on the gas pedal of pro­duc­tiv­ity, lest our in­fi­nite todo lists not get com­pleted. (Spoiler alert: Those tasks will never be com­pleted, so it’s best to make peace with that now.)

At its worst, the com­mute can bring you into too-close­for-com­fort con­tact with strangers who roll their eyes, man-spread or sit in the aisle seat, forc­ing in­no­cent peo­ple to clam­ber over their laps to score an empty seat. (The self­ish­ness of it all!)

You raise an in­ter­est­ing ques­tion for those of us who make up the rush-hour throngs: Where does per­sonal groom­ing cross a line when per­formed in pub­lic?

Let’s re­call those nasal Seth Ro­gen an­nounce­ments from the sum­mer in which he Mar­celle Sheer Tint Fluid Mois­tur­izer SPF 15 in Bronze Soleil, $15.95, mar­ Cover FX Power Play Con­cealer, $36, cov­

begged TTC rid­ers not to clip their nails whilst rid­ing The Rocket. I think we can all agree that that is well be­yond the bound­ary of nor­mal be­hav­iour.

But a pe­rusal of travel fo­rums Olio e Osso Balm in No. 2 French Melon, $38, Glossier Boy Brow in Brown, $20,

(ever the jour­nal­ist, I dove into the dark­est cor­ners of the in­ter­net to get a con­sen­sus on your ques­tion) most tran­sit-tak­ers re­served their groom­ing-re­lated com­plaints for hair-brush­ing, which Nars Cli­max Mas­cara, $30,

makes a great deal of sense once you give it a mo­ment of thought.

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