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
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, marcelle.com Cover FX Power Play Concealer, $36, coverfx.ca
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, olioeosso.com Glossier Boy Brow in Brown, $20, glossier.com
(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, Sephora.com
makes a great deal of sense once you give it a moment of thought.