The Busy Girl's Guide to Applying Makeup on the Go

Makeup on the go like Megan Markle | My Makeup Brushes

After watching Heather Muir's Beauty on the Move video for Real Simple and having a week full of after work events, it's only natural that we write our own makeup on the go post. Constantly on the go, always perfecting our in-transit beauty routine - we've got our line up down pat. We definitely have become professionals at making sure our makeup hasn't smudged and changing the car numerous times. So we're here to tell you everything you need along with products that will help, in order for you to look great all day and all night. 


Always, always start with a primer. Skipping this step will have you reapplying your makeup every hour. It helps all the powders and products you apply look smooth and less cakey. Primer is also what keeps your makeup on and lasting all day long. Of course, you have to make sure that you are applying your makeup on clean skin. If need be, keep cleaning wipes handy in your bag for best results. 

Buy this: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Shop Now

Buy this: Laura Geller Spackle Mattifying oil control under make-up primer (Shop Now


To get that fresh face look, applying concealer under your eyes as well as covering up any redness or blemishes you have is definitely a start. This will give you the brightening you need to cover any black, dark circles. Go for a shade a bit lighter than our actual complexion to really pop and make you look more awake. Make sure to set with translucent powder. 

Buy this: Nars Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer (Shop Now

Buy this: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder (Shop Now


Brows can make or break your face, which is why it's such an important step. Make sure to brush your brows up, it'll help you get the look of a fuller brow. Use a pencil to fill in sparse areas will hairlike strokes. If you have enough time, make sure to lock them in with a brow gel. 

Buy this: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil (Shop Now

Buy this: Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows (Shop Now


Like we said before, start off with eyeshadow primer, you'll thank us later. When you're really in a rush, find a good palette that gives you options for shades that you can choose depending on your outfit and current mood to apply to your whole lid. If you have time to get fancy, apply a darker shade to the crease of your eye. 

Buy this: Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later eyeshadow primer (Shop Now

Buy this: Urban Decay Naked Palette (Shop Now


Often times when we're in a rush, we skip top liner altogether and have that covered by applying a thicker coat of mascara. Other times when we have a few minutes to spare, we grab our liquid liner and quickly line the top lash, as close to the lashes as possible. We always use pencil liner to line the bottom lashes, for day look try a copper color and when it comes time to our night event, set the bottom liner with black eyeshadow from your eyeshadow palette. This will really take you from a day to night look quickly. 

Buy this: Inglot Liquid Eyeliner (Shop Now

Buy this: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner (Shop Now


Both bronzer and blush are our favorite parts of applying makeup; it really gives your skin life. Plus, it probably helps that it's the first pop of color we add to our makeup routine. Apply your bronzer first to really warm up the skin, think in a 3 formation on either side of your nose. Then apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, blending outwards and upwards. 

Buy this: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer (Shop Now

Buy this: MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Blush (Shop Now


Highlighter became one of my go-to makeup items in the recent years. Even when we only have a few minutes, we still manage to incorporate highlighter into our four-step process. It's such a quick and easy step that elevates your shine at least a few levels. Apply to your cheekbones, brow bones and down the bridge of your nose. 

Buy this: Nars Cosmetics Highlighting Powder (Shop Now

Buy this: Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Diamond Dust (Shop Now


We have been very obsessed with mascara lately. If you're keeping your look neutral and muted, getting the big, bold lash look is the way to go. It's never too much for day, especially if you're not wearing any falsies, just have fun and keep applying mascara until you achieve your desired look. Start off with a lash curler and remember, never curl your lashes after mascara has been applied; it will only rip out your lashes and cause them to look sparse. 

Buy this: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (Shop Now

Buy this: Pat Mcgrath Lab FetishEyes Mascara (Shop Now


We've been loving the liquid matte lipsticks because of their amazing staying power to last all day without needing to re-apply. If the dry-ness of the liquid lipsticks are too much for you, line your entire lips with lipliner and then apply your lipstick. This will give you a similar effect without drying your lips out. 

Buy this: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (Shop Now

Buy this: Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil (Shop Now

Buy this: Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color Lipstick (Shop Now

Setting Spray

Last step in the process? Set it and forget it. To keep the makeup in place, spitz on some setting spray. Spray will keep your makeup look dewy whereas a setting powder will dull your look. 

Buy this: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (Shop Now


We try to keep it simple with our makeup tools or else you'd be lugging around your entire collections. A makeup sponge is a must, you can use it to apply and clean up mostly any and all messes that may happen occur. Aside from that, we have our travel sized makeup brushes. Compact enough to come with us wherever we may setup shop yet dense and effective enough to get our fully desired makeup applications. 

Buy this: Beauty Blender The Original Makeup Sponge (Shop Now

Buy this: My Makeup Brushes Personalized Travel Set (Shop Now


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