What’s In My Makeup Bag: Commuter Edition

What’s In My Makeup Bag: Commuter Edition

For the past 11 months I’ve been spending a few days a week travelling into Toronto for either school or my internship. I don’t own my own car or even want to attempt to battle traffic every day, so I spend a lot of time in the morning on the GO Train.

I’m not a huge morning person so I will spend every moment that I can laying in bed. I still want to look somewhat presentable and put my best face forward, so I manage to put makeup most mornings. I’ve become one of the people who has perfected getting my makeup on while I’m on the go train, even though everyone on the GO Train tends to look at me like I’m a crazy person.

I want to share some of the products that I use on my commute and some tips that have been working well for me.


This bag has been one of the best discoveries that I’ve found recently. I purchased this on Aliexpress for about 7 dollars. It’s the perfect size so it fits all of my products without taking up too much space in my backpack or purse. It has a couple great mesh pockets to store some of my smaller products. There is also a really great divider that helps keeps all of my makeup products together and holds all of the makeup brushes that I think I might need.


These are probably my holy grail products.

I never leave the house without some sort of brow product on, mainly because I find my natural brow colour to be way too light compared to my actual hair. I always make sure to pack a brow pencil, pomade and gel – even if I don’t end up using all three of those products every day. The Colourpop brow products have easily become my favourite brow products lately. I find that they wear really well throughout the day and the tone and shade matches my hair really well.

I think it’s really important to grab a compact product with a decent sized mirror. It makes it a lot easier to apply makeup while travelling if you can see more of your face.

I rarely have a makeup look that doesn’t include some type of translucent powder or bronzer, so I always have to make sure I pack that with me. The Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer are both great picks in my opinion.

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I am obsessed with making myself looking like a disco ball so I never forget to dust a whole lot of highlight on every day. Recently I’ve been a huge fan of the Becca Cosmetics highlighters.

I have very light eyelashes so it’s important for me to have a lengthening and volumizing mascara. I find that I can never find one that does both jobs really well so I’m usually stuck working with two separate products.

It’s a lot easier to line your lips while travelling if you have a self sharpening lip liner. The annabelle lipliners are the most affordable option that I have found with that feature, so I recommend checking these out if you’ve never tried them before.

I don’t always pack a blush product but recently I’ve been trying to get through the Nars madly blush so I carry that around with me everywhere.

On nights that I know I’ll be staying in Toronto I always pack a foundation and primer. Recently I’ve been going with the Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer along with the Covergirl Stay Luminous Foundation.

I always have some type of lip balm packed since I have chronic dry and flakey lips.


I’m really confused about why I’ve been carrying around a sharpener when I don’t have any products packed that can even use it. Looks like that will be something I have to clear out!

My lip products change just about every time I pack my makeup bag. But I usually have a few nude lip colours with either brown or pink tones and a darker more vampy type lip colour. I never really know what kind of vibe I’m going for that day until I’m actually on the train and applying makeup.

For those really early mornings it’s essential to have a heavy duty concealer to cover up those crazy under eyes. The IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer always does the trick for me.

For the summer months it’s essential for me to use as many products as I can to look like I have a healthy glow so I love packing the Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Illuminate Primer. This is a great product to layer under or over your foundation for a healthy looking glow.

My eyelashes tend to fall flat so an eyelash curler is a must pack product.

Do you have any tips or tricks for trying to put makeup on the go? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!

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