Putting make up while on the Bus

Singapore
October 21, 2010 9:53pm CST
This morning as I am on the bus going to my work, I happened to see a lady rushing doing his make up. I observed her that upon taking her seat, she immediately openned her bag and put on the powder followed by maskara, then the blush on and lipstick. And just right after she closed her bag, the bus stop where she alighted out of the bus. As I take a count it's only around 7-10 minutes from where the bus pick up point to the first bus stop. And she made her make up session the entire trip. I am not against putting make up, it's just that it's a bit annoying to see especially when I am the one sitting beside the person doing it. As I see she can do it quickly, so why not do it before leaving the house for work. How about you, do you have the same experience? What can you say about this?
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14 responses
@thaMARKER (2503)
• Philippines
22 Oct 10
I’ve tried putting make-up while on a cab or in the car. This happens when I’m super in a hurry and can’t afford to be late. This usually occurs when I was still studying. ? Very rare now that I’m working. When I graduated, I made a promise that if I get late from work – there’ll be a punishment. Procrastination was my problem when I was still in school. Anyway, it’s sometimes funny doing the make up while on the road. I actually mastered it, putting my concealer evenly, other stuff without smudges and not too much powder.
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• Philippines
26 Oct 10
Hi, TheMARKER! So have I. The only thing I Haven't mastered (and I don't have much confidence anyone will) is applying eyeliner. I've tried one time to apply eyeliner, but it was night time, and there wasn't enough light. I rubbed off what I put on and settled for mascara instead. Sometimes I feel like I haven't put enough then when I get to the office, I find my lashes are pretty clumpy! LOL..
• Singapore
25 Oct 10
hi theMARKER! So you're one of these too! You're lucky that you already managed your time to do these stuffs ahead before going to work. At least you knew the difference of doing it alone rather than sharing it with other people. And congratulations also because you manages to master the make up application even though you're on the road, but I believed now it's better right. Keep it up!
@blesila (92)
22 Oct 10
i also experienced that. its annoying for me but i understand her. maybe she's late for work that's why she had to do it on the bus. if that's the case maybe she'll wake up early since putting make-up will cost much time. and ladies must also know when to put and what place is appropriate for putting make up.
• Singapore
22 Oct 10
Hi blesila! I know that everyone must be all rushing every morning. And the way I see her, upon alighting at the bus, I see no rush the way she walks. I happened to observed all these things because unknowingly we are working in the same building. She can still talk over the phone while walking in her own sweet time.
23 Oct 10
hello alma! maybe it's her habit - putting make up on the bus. but she should be sensitive enough that not all actions are appropriate according to what she wants.
@nijolechu (1842)
• Canada
23 Oct 10
Yes, I have seen a woman put on her makeup before on the bus. It was a good thing I wasn't sitting next to her. But I can understand why you would find it annoying. I would be afraid of injuring myself with the makeup if the bus bumped into something. I have also seen female drivers put on makeup when they are stopped at a red light. I just think its dangerous. I think women should take a little extra time and put on their makeup before they leave their homes to go somewhere.
• Singapore
25 Oct 10
Hi nijolechu! Just like you're point in here. It's time management I think that will lessen the burden of rushing and doing this kind of stuffs along the way travelling. The worst part I can imagine in here is that a person can be busy putting her make up on and that she has no idea what's going on the entire trip. If it happens that a sudden stop or worse an accident do occurs, she's not prepared to protect herself against any harm inflicted to her.
@madteaparty (2748)
• Japan
23 Oct 10
To tell you the truth I don't understand why do people feel annoyed by that. People doing their makeup in the public transport aren't bothering anyone. They're not being noisy, they're not dirtying anyone else's clothes with their makeup, they're not being violent towards anyone... just painting in their faces. I usually don't wear makeup, but I see people doing that in the train everydays and it's ok with me. Even if it was 7-10 minutes, some people just don't really have the time at their homes, or they have a family that won't let them alone for those 10 minutes they need to do their makeup.
• Singapore
25 Oct 10
Hi madteaparty! You've mentioned that people doing these are not bothering anyone, but I think in a way they do. Though it depends from persons to persons point of view. I don't think it will be a burden for them to take a couple of minutes to be alone at home to do that kind of stuffs. It is just like you're having a personal time doing your daily thing between you and the toilet. I always believe in the will power. If she can't do it for the first time, well it's okay. Second time, she must be still adjusting. But third time and everytime there must be an attitude problem already. If a person really wants to do something, she'll find hundred ways to do it. But if she don't want to change and do the right thing, she will also find hundred ways for not doing it. Just a thought for this.
• Philippines
23 Oct 10
hello.. i put on make-up when i go to work (a must for my kind of work) but i have a thing about when and where to put make-up. For me, putting on makeup and even brushing my hair is personal and i don't like doing it in public. I don't even like putting it when someone's watching me. I have also experienced what you have experienced, with women who put make-ups on their way to wherever they are, and i'd say it's a breach of proper etiquette. When you're a proper lady, you just don't put your make-up just anywhere, with other people watching or maybe even ogling at you. I am a busy, single mother of three kids and i say i am always in the run when going to work, but i either put on make-up at the house before going to work or in the lady's powder room at the office, or put none at all if i don't have the time.
• Singapore
25 Oct 10
Hi deriellevc73! Yes, you must be right in saying that it should be taken as a personal thing and must not be doing it in public. Just in my mind, I am trying to put myself in the shoes of the person doing it, I cannot stay doing that thing knowing that there are also others whose having theit eyes set on me. I think the bottomline here is no mattter how busy or rush we might be. We should not forget that there is always a proper place for everything to be done.
• Philippines
25 Oct 10
I saw a lot of women dong that even inside jeepneys. I was really amazed how they can do it!. The most difficult part I guess was applying mascara and eyeliner, LOL!
• Singapore
25 Oct 10
Hi mariacecilia13! Yes, we can see lots of girls doing it. The thing you've mentioned, the eyeliner must be dangerous once a sudden stop occurs. Just imagine what will happen to the eyes of the person doing it? Hope nobody will be caught in such situation. Stay safe.
@youless (112187)
• Guangzhou, China
23 Oct 10
I can't do the makeup in the bus. It is in a hurry and I am afraid I can't even have a seat. Sometimes the bus will be crowded since everybody goes to work. I prefer to wake up earlier and do my makeup at home. It is much more comfortable and I don't like doing it in the bus to suffer the weird eyes from other passengers. I love China
• Singapore
25 Oct 10
Hi youless! I think it's better that way. And one more thing, normally when these things happens, you are not fully aware what was going on along the way. At least when you wake up early in the morning, you have enough time to do all the necessary things before going to work. You probably started the day right. Keep it up!
@sender621 (14894)
• United States
22 Oct 10
I have to show gratitude to women who could put on their makeup in a moving vehicle. I was never good at doing this myself. My makeup would be everywhere except where i wanted it to be. i would have to put my makeup on at home.
• Singapore
22 Oct 10
Hi sender621! I respect your opinion here. As I've mentioned earlier on my discussion, I am not against putting make up in fact I also admired those ladies who are very good putting it on unto their face. That I think requires expertise and lots of practice to look it perfect. The point of my discussion is merely to address that we can have a better choice of where and when to do our stuffs. As the saying goes- "A place for everything and everything on it's place".Have a nice day.
• Philippines
22 Oct 10
I gone through the first page of the responses for this question and didn't realize how many people might have gotten annoyed or weirded out about this. LOL! Because I myself have done that number of times when I'm getting late. I usually get up late and have to rush around the house getting ready for work. So sometimes I leave the house with the basics: wearing clothes and my hair is properly combed. Then I put on my makeup in the FX (public utility AUV's here in the Philippines). Believe me, I also think it's pretty embarrassing to be doing something else in an FX or any public vehicle other than sitting down and waiting to be let off in your destination. So I put on my make up when I'm not sitting next to anyone. I want to make sure that when I get off the FX, I look "acceptable" for myself. If I get on the FX and it's pretty crowded, I choose to wait till I get to the office and put my makeup in the bathroom. At least there's a big mirror and proper lighting. I still don't think it's cool to have to put on make up in a place where a lot of people can see. I think it's rather embarrassing. I could put up with just one person seeing, or two people seeing. After all, I'm not going to see that person again. But I wouldn't really mind if someone beside me was putting on her make up. After all, I do it too!
• Singapore
25 Oct 10
Hi apoljuice! So you're one of these people doing it. :-) As I've mentiioned earlier, I'm not against doing the make up but that really annoys me. Just like you, I sometimes have the rush thing in the morning as well. And will do the basics before going out for work. I just have to make sure that I'm presentable enough and that's it. I sometimes just put on powder and gloss then I will retouch in the office's powder room. So at least I am sure, it's only me seeing all the stuffs I'm doing unto my face. :-)
@hushi22 (4928)
22 Oct 10
wow! i say i am amazed with this kind of person. esp when they apply eye liner. they are pro. i must admit that there are times i also get annoyed. esp when they seem to own a huge space.
• Singapore
22 Oct 10
Yes hushi22, I am also wondering how they managed to do it at that instant. She must be very expert doing it and putting the right thing on the right places. I just also observed the lady sitting beside her, I cannot explain her facial expression the way she look at the lady every now and then. She must be thinking the same thing as I have written here.
@kristeena (358)
• Philippines
22 Oct 10
I have also seen women riding on a jeepney putting their make-up on. I think it became their habit, ignoring the people looking at them. They usually caught our attention because they kind of annoying. Just imagine if the bus or a passenger jeep encountered an accident while she's doing that thing, she might had put her lipstick on her nose ^_^
• Singapore
25 Oct 10
Hi kristeena! I also think the same thing as yours. In some instances it is an excuse for rushing these kind of things, but for some it became a habbit already. I can't imagine your example if an accident do occurs along the way, she's still lucky if only the lipstick will be on her nose, bt what if more serious damage happened. We oftentimes neglect the value of safety here since we are not the one driving. Hope that won't happen to anyone.
@toniganzon (72279)
• Philippines
22 Oct 10
I have nothing against it too, but I can pretty see why you are annoyed. There is what we call a proper etiquette in putting on make up too. As what was already mentioned, there's a proper place for doing anything like putting make up as such. Putting on make up should not be done anywhere we like. It should be done in a powder room. I guess a lot of women are not observing this proper etiquette because they just don't see anything wrong with what they're doing. I hope we should try and observe this so as not to annoy other people. I also get irritated by people retouching in front of the dining table in a restaurant. They should excused themselves and go to the powder room, but they aren't sensitive about this and other people's feelings.
• Singapore
22 Oct 10
Hi toniganzon! I totally agree in what you have said. I think this people are really not bothered about the right etiquette in putting on make up. See, they are putting it on to make good out of themselves but the way they do it lessen the beauty that they want to portray. Especially when during the retouch they accidentally make a mess out of it. It is better that they see it only with their own eyes instead of sharing it to everyone in public places.
@zoekling (70)
• Philippines
22 Oct 10
yes,i do..I saw a lady going to her office probably,while the jeepney is going to our route,she again did the same thing as you mentioned here.Like you,i have nothing against with what they do because its there right but somehow,i think they/she should do it in a proper place like before going to work perhaps or at the office(powder room)its really not good to do all those stuff where too many people can see you..too bad!
• Singapore
22 Oct 10
Hi zoekling! You're right in saying that they should be doing it in proper place like in powder room. They can avoid that thing to happen if thery just do their make up a little bit earlier at home so that they no need to rush it at the bus.
@Yada25 (44)
22 Oct 10
I have seen some as well. It just felt the same as you. There is nothing wrong but just annoying. It just show that the person doesn't really know the proper etiquette or maybe she doesn't care. Moreover, if the person do it just because of she late at work again it shows that she is not ready for her working day since the beginning.
• Singapore
25 Oct 10
Hi yada! You got a point there, that the problem started upon waking up late in the morning. Because as a person we already knew how much time for each routine stuffs will take. From there, we can calcute what is the preparation time needed before going out for work. And worse it's happening that you're already late and more things you forgot that made you're day more disoriented the first part of the day.