How to Do Makeup in a Yellow Cab

how to do makeup in a yellow cab taxi

It happens to all of us. You snoozed too many times, overslept for work, and now you have to make yourself look presentable in a matter of minutes. What do you do? I happened to be in this situation too, and doing makeup in Uber or a yellow cab taxi is not a new concept for me. So here come my two cents on applying makeup while commuting.

But before we begin, let me point out that for beauty emergencies like that, it’s always great to have a go-to makeup bag ready where you have all your 5-minute makeup products. Please let me know in the comments if you want me to create a dedicated post on what to include in your grab-and-go makeup bag.

Meanwhile, let’s imagine that you already have one, so these are the tips on how to do your makeup in the cab.

Go for a Cushion Foundation

While doing on-the-go makeup, the goal is to eliminate the messiness from the process as much as possible. Trust me; you don’t want to mess with a foundation and a damp beauty blender while doing your makeup in the cab.

Instead, pick an easy to apply cushion foundation. These usually go with an in-built applicator and feature a mirror. Both are handy while using your foundation on-the-go.

Cushion Foundations to Try

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF50

I repurchased this cushion many times as it’s the absolute best glowy foundation in my book.

Amore Pacific Cushion Foundation SPF50

This cult-favorite cushion offers lightweight but buildable coverage. It makes your skin look perfect!

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Concealer and Blend

Let’s be real here: if you are already late, there is no time for contouring, blush, and a highlighter. The best we can do is to apply concealer and call it a day.

Similar to foundations, every concealer is not created equal. I recommend going for the easy to blend formulas that feature convenient applicator.

Again, if you don’t have a concealer brush packed, you don’t want to get your hands dirty while blending a concealer.

Concealers to Try

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

This concealer provides natural-looking coverage. Moreover, it’s easy to blend with your fingertips.

Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Concealer

If you prefer a “no makeup” kind of looks, this concealer is for you. It’s lightweight and blendable.

how to do makeup in a cab

Tame Your Brows

Brow pencils and transportation is not a great combo, so be realistic and don’t try to have a perfect brows day. Instead, stick to your natural brow shape. Use a clear brow gel to make your brows look a bit less out of control and call it a day in the brow department.

Clear Brow Gels to Try

ABH Clear Brow Gel

Oldie but goodie! If you are looking for a classic, not crunchy but with a hold, brow gel, definitely try this one.

Benefit Brow Setter

Pick this product if you are looking for a long-lasting product. The brand is promising 24 hrs long coverage!

how to do makeup in a yellow cab

Gloss and Go!

Generally speaking, lipsticks are more challenging to apply in a moving car. Saying so, don’t even think of using a liquid lipstick! Imagine how you’ll be removing it from all over your face in case the cab moves unexpectedly.

Lip Glosses to Try

Laura Mercier Lip Glace

My favorite everyday lip gloss formula! Comes in many feminine shades and tastes so good.

Kopari Lip Glossy

This product is more of a lip balm with added shine. Which means: easier to apply. Bonus: it’s yummy!


There you have it! My tips and tricks on how to do makeup in the cab. I hope these were helpful for you, and you found some ideas on how to apply makeup in record time while in a yellow cab taxi. I wonder how often do you have to apply makeup in a cab? Leave your responses in the comment area below!

how to do makeup in a yellow cab

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