Why people need to get over others applying makeup on public transport
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In a move that has probably shocked no-one, men are complaining about something women do; women are applying makeup on their morning commute. A recent BBC poll of passenger pet peeves, including obnoxiously loud music and eating bad-smelling food, included another major source of irritation in the form of women who dare to do their makeup on public transport. “I think once or twice I just stared at the person thinking that they would eventually notice and feel embarrassed” said Michael, 59, who claims he had to move carriage due to the sight. Equally 60-year-old Gerard complained “why can they not get up 10 minutes earlier and do [their make-up] at home?” However, this habit isn’t a nation-wide conspiracy to upset innocent commuters with our dangerous lipsticks. Instead, our modern lifestyles are just really, really busy. Women, and the increasing number of men wearing makeup too, have to get up and run out of the house to go to university or work, then see friends, volunteer, do a weekly shop: the list goes on. Like a lot of people, I always lived a distance away from where I go to university or work and, when you are constantly on the move, time is a precious commodity. So why not do something productive in those empty hours of commuting by doing your makeup? Sure, it’s not the most sanitary thing in the world but until someone invents a makeup that manages to stay perfect all day through hours running around, or even bigger train toilets, applying makeup mid-commute is going to remain a necessity for many. This argument ultimately comes down to our relationship to makeup.
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