The Busy Girl's Guide to Applying Makeup on the Go

Updated 11/17/16
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Time is of the essence for the industry’s top bloggers and influencers, especially when the holidays roll around. Constantly on the go, they’re always perfecting their in-transit beauty routines—after all, they’d never let a time crunch prevent them from looking their best at the numerous engagements they’ve got on their calendars. Take for example, Annabelle Fleur of VivaLuxury. “Every year my schedule seems to get more action-packed,” says the blogger. “I leave home early and spend my entire day running from meetings to shoots to parties.

I’ve become a pro at changing in my car, sometimes multiple times a day.”

So it makes sense that in terms of makeup, Fleur wants to keep things simple. “When I’m on the go, I want to keep application quick and convenient. I avoid products that require brushes or sponges, and opt for things I can apply straight from the tube and blend with my fingers.” Her go-to kit is Clinique’s Chubby Sampler Set, which comes with three products in crayon form—a lip balm, a shadow tint, and a cheek balm—plus a travel-size mascara. The best part? Everything can be used any time, anywhere, whether you’re fixing your makeup in your car (we’ve all been there) or using your phone as a mirror to apply a fresh swipe of lipstick.

Need proof? Keep scrolling to see how Fleur switches up her makeup as she goes from day to night.

Morning Coffee Run

“If I have time before my morning staff meeting, I try and go to a neighborhood coffee shop to bring something home to sip on. Whenever I’m able, I keep my makeup minimal: tinted moisturizer, a hint of mascara, and a soft lip color are my go-tos,” says Fleur.

Staff Meeting

“On this particular day, my staff meeting ran longer than expected, so I didn’t have time to do my makeup before I left for my client lunch. Luckily these Clinique products are conveniently sized and fit into most of my bags.” In true fashion-girl form, Fleur did a quick outfit change en route to lunch.

Client Lunch

“I arrived to my client lunch a bit early and had time to apply my cat-liner and add another coat of Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara. One of my favorite application tips is to wait 30 seconds between every coat of mascara I apply. It helps make lashes look full without any clumping,” explains Fleur.

Photo shoot

After some much-needed indulging at lunch, Fleur met up with her photographer to shoot some images in downtown L.A. for an upcoming blog post. “I wanted to play up my eyes, and I love the bronze-y Chubby Stick Shadow Tint. It’s creamy, lightweight, and pretty sheer, so you can add multiple layers, depending on how dramatic you want to go."

Holiday Party

Since Fleur’s holiday party was located close to the shoot, she opted to change and freshen up on-the-go rather than stopping home first. “With my makeup still fresh from my shoot, I only added a bit of Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm to give my cheeks a soft, peachy glow. It’s really natural-looking and makes your face instantly brighter.”  

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