The morning commute to work can be a lot of things—delayed, overheated, seriously lacking in personal space—but one of the parts that I always enjoy is watching other women’s commuter makeup routines. At the risk of this making me sound like something of a creep (sorry, not sorry) I just love seeing which products real women have deemed worthy of a place in their handbags.
Of course, not everyone agrees. Women applying their makeup on the move seems to be an unexpected point of contention for some—and to seriously offend others. In fact, when Japan launched an etiquette video back in 2016 which discouraged women from applying their makeup on trains, Twitter was awash with (unwanted) opinions from people who just couldn’t understand why women wouldn’t want to get up earlier to do their makeup in the privacy of their own homes.
I think, for me, the answer is pretty simple: I will always choose extra time in bed in favour of pretty much all other activities that can be delayed, cancelled or done at another time. Like on my commute, for instance.
Regardless, there are tons of women out there who choose to use their 20 minutes inside the tin can we call the London Underground to apply everything from foundation to mascara. And I salute you ladies.
Recently, though, there has been one particular product that has been cropping up more often than most as the commuter product of choice for busy women. It first caught my eye when I noticed that a lady on the Victoria line was applying the most perfect shade of peachy-coral to her cheeks—taking her complexion from ‘I’m tired and need a coffee pronto’ to ‘I’ve just had a week off work and I am glowing for it’ in mere moments. Then, earlier this week, I spotted someone on the Piccadilly line creating a seriously dewy skin look using an opalescent shade of that very same product.
Luckily, although I haven’t been close enough to decipher specific shade names on any of these occasions, the distinctive packaging means it was easy for me to spot that the product in question was Nars The Multiple.
Created by founder François Nars back in 1996, after a Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot with super model Carolyn Murphy where he used a lipstick on her eyes, lips and cheeks, the creamy stick is a multipurpose product that can be used all over the face to add colour, highlight, sculpt and define. Meaning you don’t have to faff around with multiple items—it works as a lipstick, eyeshadow and blusher in one—but you’ll save space in your handbag. The twist-up stick formula really lends itself to on-the-go application as you can apply it straight to your skin and then blend it in with fingertips—no brushes required. Plus, the sheer colour means you don’t ever have to worry about applying too much.
Keep scrolling to shop the Nars Multiple shades that I’ve spotted London girls using on the tube recently along with my other commute-proof makeup picks.