30 Foolproof Makeup Products You Can Easily Apply On A Moving Train

30 Foolproof Makeup Products You Can Easily Apply On A Moving Train

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A dual-ended eyeliner stamp because, IN SPITE OF YOUR BEST EFFORTS, achieving the perfect cat eye is hard and this easy-to-use tool makes it about 1000x easier. All you’ll have to do is apply the stamp to your lashline and your wing will be done in mere seconds.

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Promising review: “Okay, so I am as shakey as shakey gets when it comes to putting eyeliner on…but this is a miracle sent from above! It honestly is the most amazing eye makeup product I own at the moment. It is as easy as it sounds. Literally. I like that it is double-ended and you have two pens: one for the left eye and one for the right. The opposite end on both is just every day liquid liner pen, but it goes on soooo much smoother than any other liquid liner I’ve tried or owned.” —ˑMerkuryˑVolkanicˑ.

Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in three colors).


A gluten- and cruelty-free Essence mascara with a smudge-proof formula here to up your lash game like whoa. Just a few swipes of this will have everyone asking you the most coveted compliment-in-the-form-of-a-question: are those your real lashes? It also doesn’t clump, which means you won’t have to worry about “fixing” your lashes after application!


Promising review: “I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an 8 hour work day right to the gym and sweat like crazy…and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!” —Carrie E. Miller

Get it from Amazon for $3.74.


A Maybelline concealer formulated with goji berry and Haloxyl because no one needs to know that you binged The Office yet again last night. Just a quick swipe of this (there’s an attached sponge applicator so no need to worry about packing a brush) and *poof* your dark circles are now a thing of the past.

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Promising review: “I am a makeup snob. I have stupidly high standards for cosmetic performance, and drugstore brands have let me down every single time I’ve given them a shot. So when I graduated from Covergirl to Sephora after college, I never looked back. My kit is full of Dior and YSL foundation, Armani concealer, Benefit brighteners, etc. But this thing is truly great.The sponge applicator is better than you think. Firstly, it’s antimicrobial, so you don’t have to worry about the hygiene aspect. Secondly, its ability to blend the product is outstanding. The concealer itself doubles as a highlighter, it looks good without primer, and it lasts so much longer than you’d expect.” —Sarita

Get it from Amazon for $7.12 (available in 12 shades).

Check out one BuzzFeeder’s full review of this Maybelline concealer.


A Touch In Sol primer that uses green tea extracts to energize your complexion, blur pores, mattify excess oil, and offer light coverage (#goodbye redness). This is the perfect step one for a full-face routine consisting of concealer and foundation, but is also great to slather on when you’re pressed for time and want a bright, dewy, and even canvas.


Promising review: “I have been searching for years for a good makeup primer that will help combat my oily skin and large pores. I read a bunch of reviews for this primer and decided to give it a try. BEST decision ever. This primer goes on so smoothly and fills in my pores perfectly. I let it sit for a few minutes before putting on my makeup which I think helps (could just be me). I would highly recommend this primer for anyone with oily skin…it’s a lifesaver and a steal for the price!!” —Sarah Rose

Get it from Amazon for $12.51.


A Neutrogena moisture lipstick you can apply in the back of a moving car, no mirror, hand jittery from one too many cold brews — and application will still be easy thanks to the crayon design and creamy, blendable formula that won’t stain your skin if you color outside of the lines.

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Promising review: “These are now my absolute favorite everyday go-to. They provide great moisture and I don’t even have to use lip balm; these will moisturize your lips all day long. Sheer enough to apply without a mirror and comes in great colors.” —VegasRunway

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in five shades).


A cruelty-free Stila color correcting serum packed with an impressive blend of15 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to deliver hydration *and* cancel out redness at the same darn time. Foundation? We don’t know her because we don’t *need* her with this product in our easy-to-use makeup arsenal.


Promising review: “I’m not normally someone who writes reviews…unless the product is really wonderful! And this product is absolutely WONDERFUL! I don’t normally spend more than 25$ (And that’s pushing it) for a product but I read some reviews and decided to give this a try. I was blown away the FIRST time I used it. I have very oily skin and while it doesn’t say that this Stila product combats oily skin, for some reason I stay matte for pretty much the entire day when I use it with a lot less shine. Plus, it gets rid of my red/pink undertones and when I use this product, I don’t even need to wear foundation. Completely evens out my skin tone. I’m comfortable with no makeup when wearing this. Plus, it only takes one pump to cover my entire face so this should last a while.” —Amanda B.

Get it from Amazon for $36 (available in three formulas).


A blending sponge that’ll condense all of your brushes into just one tool. This squishy BB can be used for everything from concealer to setting powder, all while providing a natural finish that is (*IMPORTANT*) not blotchy. It truly blends everything to perfection with ease so that you don’t have spots of cake-y, oompa loompa orange scatted across your cheekbones.


Just remember to add a bit of water to your sponges before adding any makeup to ’em!

Promising review: “I absolutely love these! They’re soft, sturdy, very easy to clean, and blend my makeup perfectly. My makeup doesn’t look caked on and the sponge doesn’t absorb product like many of the blenders I’ve tried before (and I’ve tried a lot). I’ll definitely be buying more!” —lupe

Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.99.


A Maybelline BB cream to hydrate, blur pores, and even out your overall complexion in a pinch (no more “did I blend evenly?” panic required) . It even contains broad-spectrum SPF 30, so you can rush out of the house knowing that your complexion is simultaneously looking fresh *and* being protected.

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This lightweight product is great for normal and dry complexions, but may not be the perfect fit for oily skin.

Promising review: “So happy I finally found something that covers my rosy cheeks, blemishes and large pores. I have combination skin type: oily t zone and overall dry skin, and it works for my skin. The best part is that it has SPF 30 in it. My dermatologist does not stop stressing the importance of daily use of SPF on the face, so now I’m happy I can still cover up my pimples and protect the skin from harsh UV rays from the sun. It doesn’t feel heavy on my face and doesn’t make it look like I caked on a pound of foundation. I have used it for about three weeks already and have not noticed an increase in pimples or skin irritation.” —Davis

Get it from Amazon for $6.28.

Read one BuzzFeeder’s review of the Maybelline BB cream.


A Lipstick Queen lipstick packaged in deceivingly green form, but surprise! It has nothing in common with Kermit. This moisturizing formula will reveal a perfectly pink hue within seconds, one that’s totally unique to *your* pH balance, but thankfully goes on as easily as a regular balm.

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Not only does it provide the perfect pop of color, but this balm *also* contains essential oils and vitamin E for the ultimate dose of a) moisture, and b) softness.

Promising review: “This seemed like a gimmick at first, but it WORKS! The faint green color turned into a lovely berry color in a matter of seconds after application. Plus, it’s nice and moisturizing, and the color lasts for a good 6+ hours.” —Rebecca

Get it from Amazon for $25.


A cruelty-free Elizabeth Mott brow gel because the eyes aren’t the window to the soul…the eyebrows are. This pomade formula will keep your brows in place while subtly filling them in, immediately giving your ensemble an air of ~I am put together can’t you see my brows look good~. The best part? It’s so easy. No expert drawing skills required (unlike your regular brow pencil).

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Promising review: “So incredibly happy with this. It’s incredibly easy to apply (I have to really wipe my wand first, though, or else it’s too thick) and the color blends in SO well with my natural color. It gives my eyebrows JUST the right amount of attention; not too much, not too little. Just killer, natural, beautiful brows!” —Monique French

Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in four shades).


A NYX palette packed with six color correcting hues: green to combat redness, peach to cover up those pesky dark circles, light and medium to make blemishes all but vanish, and purple and pink to brighten your overall complexion. Quickly layer this under foundation to tackle all of your skin concerns with just one teeny palette!


Promising review: “I have the worst dark circles under my eyes and for whatever reason, NOTHING has been able to help them at all. I’ve tried every cheap and expensive concealer and you can’t even tell a difference. I decided to give this a try because it was so cheap…BEST DECISION I EVER MADE! This actually covers up my dark circles completely!! I mostly just use the pink color for that, but I’ve used some of the other colors for acne spots and redness and they work just as well.” —Chris & Liz

Get it from Amazon for $8.15.


A Superface corrector stick because accidents happen, but this gentle blend of olive and honey moisturizers will get rid of that poorly applied eyeliner in a jiffy (just use it as you would a regular “pen”, except you’re drawing away mistakes). This paraben- and gluten-free product is also a gem as a lip balm and cuticle cream!


Promising review: “This works well although it may take a couple applications to get mascara off completely! This is great for traveling and for quick touch-ups when your eyeliner or mascara goes astray.” —LGGAA

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.


A Revlon cream eyeshadow so easy to apply, it’s basically foolproof. Just this pigmented formula combined with the dab of your finger will lead to gorgeous lids and absolutely no fallout under your eyes and onto your cheeks (basically unheard of for the powder shadows you’ve been using thus far).

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Promising review: “This eyeshadow is easy to apply without any flakes falling onto your cheeks like powder shadow. The color is beautiful and you can build it up to make darker if you want and it stays on all day without fading.” –Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $5.46+ (currently available in 12 colors).


A Milani baked bronzer to give your complexion an instant “I just got back from vacation and have not spent a ton of time in this dimly-lit cubicle glow” while also enhancing your cheekbones. Consider this product to be the younger, cooler sister of the whole contour trend with a buildable, blendable formula that doesn’t require intense blending (an important detail to note when you’re applying this on a train and have no way to gauge whether or not you have a block of orange on your face).

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Promising review: “This is the BEST bronzer I have come across as of yet, and trust me, my checking account can vouch for being pinged time and time again for the purchase of several bronzers. I am extremely satisfied with this product. It is a beautiful color and goes well with all my other makeup. It’s not too dark or orange, it did not break me out, and the color is dark enough that you actually can notice that you are wearing makeup but still subtle.” —Shana

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three shades).


A vegan and cruelty-free Covergirl concealer designed with an ~extra large~ applicator that tackles pimples, redness, and dark circles with just one swipe. If you’re looking to avoid the painstaking step of foundation, this formula provides a full coverage finish that is both lightweight, crease-resistant, and super easy to blend.


Promising review: “Not only is the packaging of this concealer cute and classic, but it also provides really great coverage. You only need to use a little bit to get great coverage, the applicator is great, and I don’t have any problems with creasing (although I don’t have any fine lines either). If you’re wanting a concealer similar to expensive brands but at a drugstore price, you’ll like this!” —Kayla Williams

Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in 30 shades).


A L’Oreal ~glotion~ for a bright complexion that requires exactly zero effort. This glycerin- and shea butter-infused formula is super lightweight and hydrating, while a subtle tint adds instant illumination to otherwise bare complexions (although it also works wonderfully under foundation).

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Promising review: “This is great for a quick and easy daily look. As a mom of both human and animal children that is constantly on the go, this highlighting lotion is honestly the only thing I’ve been putting on each day. It makes me feel awake and look like I tried without all the effort.” —ALEX

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four shades).


A Neutrogrena eyeshadow palette here to make smoky eye styles seems significantly less intimidating. This comes with four pigmented hues and contains a cheat sheet on the back of the palette: a helpful illustrated guide highlights where you should apply each of the below shades. If you’re heading to a fancy event and had 0 time to do a fancy ~lewk~, this palette will become your new favorite thing.

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And FYI, these shadows are equipped with built-in primer which means that not only will your smoky eye look A+ — but it’ll also last.

Promising review: “Love this eyeshadow. Very smooth, blends easy, little fall-out and rich color. Better than my expensive shadows!” —jp

Get it from Amazon for $9.70 (available in three colors).


A waterproof Palladio eyeliner here to save the day if you have an unsteady hand made worse by the fact that you’re in the back of a moving vehicle! An easy-to-grip wand feels comfy to hold while a thin felt tip provides clean lines with just one swipe. Plus, the formula is cruelty-free, smudge-proof, and long-lasting which means you’ve just found your dream come true.

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Promising review: “The color is beautiful, the product is uniquely packaged, and the application could not be easier. Certainly goes on easier than a pencil, and the color is even.” —CalNative

Get it from Amazon for $6.21 (available in nine colors).


A NYX liquid illuminator for a bright complexion that requires exactly zero effort (or beauty sleep)! This lightweight moisturizer is an actual superstar at adding slight shimmer all while blurring pores and imperfections, no brushes or sponges required.

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Promising review: “I have really sensitive skin and a lot of cheap products make me break out, but this doesn’t. I’ve used for years with no problem. I use over foundation to give a little extra bronze, or just by itself during the summer when my skin is already a little tan. Very easy to blend, and a little goes a long way.” —Cherry Pi

Get it from Amazon for $3.59+ (available in four shades).


A Maybelline highlighting stick that is the makeup equivalent of an entire pot of coffee. Just a few swipes on your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, brow bone, and inner corner of your eyes will make you look dewy and more awake, and all you’ll have to do is dab in the product so that it ~melts~ into your skin.

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Adding highlight to those specific areas will catch the light and give off a natural glow, turning every hour into golden hour on your skin.

Promising review: “I am no pro at applying makeup, and I’m a big fan of this product for that very reason. Within fifteen seconds of swiping this across my eyelids and cheekbones, I have a slightly more polished, glowing look. I received a compliment on this highlighter and that’s impressive because, like I said, I am pretty unsophisticated when it comes to makeup.” —E. E. Malinovsky

Get it from Amazon for $6.59 (available in two shades).


A three-pack of Broadway glosses for anyone who wants a no-frills, non-sticky product when it comes to their lips. The clear gloss will add a touch of shine without requiring a steady hand and mirror for application! Plus, you’ll get three formulas: coconut oil to hydrate, mint oil to cool, and rosehip oil to reduce fine lines.


Promising review: “Absolutely ADORE this lipgloss! It thick but not sticky at all and there’s no tackiness to your lips — you can layer and layer and it still isn’t sticky!” —Happy

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.80+ (available in four scents).


A three-in-one tint you can use as a highlighter, lip balm, and blush for a dewy, glowing complexion. Throw this in your purse for when you’re running late — it’s the perfect way to give your complexion a subtle boost in about 3.5 seconds.

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This vegan and cruelty-free product contains coconut extract that also makes it super hydrating.

Promising review: “I have, like, a thousand blush/lip tints and this is the only one I use anymore. Rosy is a neutral pink that would work well for anyone, and I actually like this better than the Glossier blush (which was my absolute favorite). This is far less expensive, you get more of it, AND it works well as a hydrating lip tint.” —violet

Get it from Amazon for $14 (available in three colors).


A L’Oreal gel liner for beginners at the whole ~wing~ thing. Liquid eyeliner requires exact precision…but this brush applicator prevents you from picking up too much product, allowing for buildable shading you could smudge to perfection when the bus has suddenly come to a screeching halt and messed up your straight line.

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ALSO! If you have oily lids, stop what you’re doing and order this product ASAP. It has amazing staying power that won’t fade, smudge, or budge if your lids are prone to greasiness.

Promising review: “My holy grail gel eyeliner!! I sometimes lose my better judgement and stray from this liner to try another brand, only to be disappointed. I always come back to this one. First off, I have extremely hooded eyes that pretty much sit on top of my eyelashes. I always do a thick winged liner and this stuff has never transferred onto my upper eyelid like some products do. Also, the staying power is AMAZING. I have left it on overnight (naughty, I know) and my liner is right where I left it, maybe just a tad bit lighter/faded. The gel is very easy to work with, super creamy, matte, and very pigmented.” —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $7.31 (available in five colors).


A Stila liquid shadow for a fantastic dose of ✨ sparkle ✨ that feels like luxury at first swipe. The formula itself is ultra blendable, lasts all day, and the shade options are both shimmery and stunning…but the best part is how easy it is to apply! Simply swipe, blend, and that’s it. It looks like you put in a *ton* more effort than you actually did.

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Promising review: “BEST GLITTER SHADOWS ON THE MARKET! I have five colors and all are gorgeous, it’s surprisingly blendable for a liquid, and there’s glitter fallout. The formula itself is great, stays all day, and you don’t have to worry about using glitter primer.” —Kaytlen

Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in 14 colors).


A hypoallergenic Maybelline conditioning mascara in *gasp* not black! Opting for clear is a lovely idea since it volumizes your lashes without adding more harshness, plus it leaves no room for error the way a black mascara can.


This clear mascara is also great at taming unruly eyebrow hairs. Just swipe a bit of this on + they’re guaranteed to stay in place all day long!

Promising review: “I use this when I’ve had a really bad night of sleep, my allergies are really bad, or I just look disheveled and exhausted. This (combined with some good SPF face lotion) helps to make my eyes look just a little brighter ad more awake. Plus, it’s super easy to wash off AND it doesn’t irritate my eyes which is a big plus.” —Eden Isaac

Get it from Amazon for $4.17 (available in 10 colors).


An Aesthetica contouring kit here to take your hand and lead you into the path of chiseled cheekbones. This vegan, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic palette includes a handy how-to guide (pictures and charts included!) that helps this makeup technique seem 10000000x less intimidating.


The makeup itself is super creamy and buildable, meaning mistakes can be easily fixed or blended out.

Promising review: “I am absolutely in love with my kit. I have not bought a professional contouring kit before and was nervous about buying this one, but the product is easy to put on and it stays on all day. The kit also comes with a how to guide that helped me know where to place the contour and highlight specifically for my face shape. Also super easy to blend in!” —steph

Get it from Amazon for $28.99.


A buildable, cruelty-free NYX lip cream that, although it *is* super pigmented, is also light enough that it won’t have stained the delicate skin around your mouth. Have an unsteady hand made worse by the fact that you’re commuting and applying this at the same time? This will become your saving grace. Consider any outside-of-the-line mistakes as good as swiped away.

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Promising review: “I’m a huge fan of nude colors and matte lipstick. However, it’s usually difficult to find a matte lipstick that doesn’t make my lips look dry or cake-y. I’m happy to say that I have yet to have that problem with this product! It stays on very well (even after eating) and I hardly have to touch it up throughout the day.” —brandie

Get it from Amazon for $2.89+ (available in 34 colors).


A SHANY liquid blush you’ll want to add to your daily beauty routine right meow. Blush is tricky because just one swipe can result in an unnatural cheek modeled after Barbie pink, which is where this cream-to-powder product shines: it’s got a buildable formula that can be manipulated to be as subtle or as prominent as you want.


Bonus points for the fact that this formula is also paraben-free and doesn’t test on animals!

Promising review: “Five stars for this creamy blush. It comes in a small container, with a pump for easy application. Just squirt a bit onto your finger and blend away. Beautiful color, it doesn’t streak, it doesn’t require any special type of sponge or brush, and I had to reapply once about six hours into the day. Not bad. A paraben-free summer glow for an affordable price? Very happy with this purchase.” —Dreamcatcher

Get it from Amazon for $9 (available in five colors).


A cruelty-free Burt’s Bees tinted balm that has a buildable formula which is perfect for when you want a flush of color, but can’t commit to the agony that is tracing your cupid’s bow with a pigmented lipstick.


This contains a blend of shea butter and botanical waxes to keep your lips feelin’ soft and supple, while the touch of color adds life back into your exhausted face.

Promising review: “I really love this product! As someone who has never mastered the art of lipstick, this is perfect. I tend to be more of a minimalist with makeup and this is so easy to just slide on before going out. You’ll have to reapply during the day/night, but the application is very quick.” —Cornelius

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.48 (available in six colors).


And a NYX setting spray to finish everything off. Humidity, sweat, tears: it’s all irrelevant when you’ve topped your foundation with this magic stuff, which works to mattify your makeup and prevent it from turning into a greasy mess. All you’ll have to do is give your complexion a quick and hydrating spritz.


This spray has a matte formula, meaning it won’t turn your makeup into a greasy or oily mess.

Promising review: “This spray is everything! Like, oh my gosh. I notice the difference if I forget to spray this on. I’ve walked through the humid city of New Orleans in the middle of July and my makeup stayed on from the time I got to work and was mostly still there by the time I got home, which was nine hours later. I can’t rave enough about this, and I’m very picky when it comes to makeup.” —missyj95

Get it from Amazon for $5.19.

Me, realizing I can now turn my long train commute into time spent doing my makeup:


The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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