Things You See on the Bus

While I was heading to work on the bus this morning, a young woman, who I think was probably in her mid to late 20s, got on the bus with a man around the same age as she was. They looked like they were a couple, but I couldn’t say for sure. They sat closely together, talking quietly, until he got off the bus a few stops later. The woman then pulled out a very cute pink and white bag. She and I were seated facing each other across the aisle, and so it was easy to watch her surreptitiously as she proceeded to put on her full make-up.

She started with a liquid under eye concealer that she blended expertly. She then pulled out a giant blush brush along with a compact. Blush has always confused me a little, so I made sure to watch her technique since she looked like she knew what she was doing. She did look brighter after it was applied – from what I could see, I think the secret is in the brush. Next was her mascara, which went on in two layers, and on a moving bus no less. It would be difficult not to be impressed. I kept watching, no matter how rude I must have seemed, but she took no notice of me or anyone else around her. Finally came lip treatment and lipstick, and then some hand cream. She looked completely adorable with her pixie haircut and beautiful skin.

I just can’t figure out how someone could go through such a personal routine in such a public place like she did. I’m not considering the etiquette of it, because she wasn’t disturbing me in any way, but how did she do it without feeling self-conscious? I would have died if I ever tried to do that, and I would have ended up looking clownish to boot. But what is it that would make doing this routine on the bus completely out of the question for me, and yet she seemed so completely comfortable in her own skin.

I’m not completely sure what my point is here, but it just really struck me how different we all are. And that is a pretty good thing.

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I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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5 Responses to Things You See on the Bus

  1. zoom says:

    My reaction would have been the same as yours. I'd have been impressed with her social comfort level, but I can't imagine grooming myself in public.

  2. XUP says:

    Ya, that's weird. I feel like I have to hunch down and cover my face when I put on some lip balm in public. I'd be interested to know if she takes all the make-up off again in the evening on the bus just before her man gets on??

  3. Finola says:

    I wouldn't be able to do that either, though I do need to apply lip balm continously.
    Xup, that would be interesting if she took it all off again later that night. I'll watch for her and let you know.

  4. When I used to take the bus into work a number of years ago, I used to see a midle aged woman do the exact same thing. From the base white layer to the last of the blush, it took her the exact amount of time to get to her stop. It was the perfect SOP…

  5. Anonymous says:

    As I see it, at least she was on the bus while putting on her make-up–and not on the Queensway–which is what I see all too often!

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