You Won't Believe What Women Will Do Under Their Desks At Work

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lipstickI once read a survey that claimed that a third of American women won't leave the house without their makeup on. As a mother who is just happy to have a kid whose teeth are brushed and clothes on when it's time to get going most days, I'm going to be honest with you. The luxury of fixing one's self up in the comfort of my own bathroom is over-rated!

Those of us with too little time on our hands have perfected the art of getting our beauty rituals on anywhere but the house. Case in point: I carry tweezers everywhere because when you find a few seconds to pluck, you take advantage of them -- wherever you are. But a quick eyebrow grab at a stoplight has nothing on some of the crazy makeup fixes some of my friends have copped to. Trust me ... you have to read 'em to believe 'em:

  • Under my desk at work. I've also been known to floss under there too or even pluck an eyebrow hair here and there!
  • I was in the surgery suite waiting for surgery and the woman next to me (also waiting for surgery) was "putting on her face". I was like really? I was so amused by her. I had been in the hospital for weeks and looked it. She was there with her bling-encrusted slippers with her hair all styled trying to prop her compact mirror on her IV pole to reapply.
  • At a table in the middle of a busy cafeteria while everyone was eating around me.
  • In my boyfriend's bathroom while he was asleep before climbing back into bed (I swore people only did that in movies, but she admits it's true).
  • In the passenger seat of a car with a broken mirror flap. You try holding the flap up, keeping self steady, and putting on eye liner -- all at the same time!
  • Putting on lipstick during a flight while there was turbulence. There is a scene from Airplane that pretty much mirrored my experience.
  • The day I got married I sliced my finger open early that morning cutting a bagel. My good friend who was staying with me for the wedding came with me to the hospital for my stitches. Her makeup case came along as well ... not for me the bride who was about to get married, but herself! She put on her face in the hospital bathroom!
  • I see people putting makeup on during my subway commute every morning, sometimes in the evening as well. Not quick fix-ups either, we're talking foundation, mascara,  and multiple tubes and pots and brushes spread across their laps!

Can you top these? Where is the craziest place you've put on your face or at least done a little fix-up?


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linzemae linzemae

I used to pluck my brows on break in my car when I smoked.... Now I just fm them on my day off!

Mama2... Mama2MonkeyBoys

I used to do my makeup on the el on my way to work when I lived in Chicago. It was a 40 minute commute...what else was I going to do? :)

nonmember avatar tj

My waterbroke at 2:30 in the morning...I insisted to my husband we couldn't go to the hospital until my make up was on.

nonmember avatar christina

I put on my make up and curl my hair almost everday at my desk at work. :)

katie... katiebug85

I find I cannot go anywhere with out my foundation, blush, and mascara. I always tell my son that mama needs to be beautiful when we go somewhere. And everytime I say this, he says "mama you are beautiful" he's three.. but it makes me smile :)

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

I think doing all of that stuff in public is gross and tacky. You can't wake up an extra 15 minutes early to do it at home?

Amy Mathis

i put on makeup before going to the hospital to have my son.  what? pictures were going to be taken!

coffe... coffeeluva

I put on makeup the morning of my induction to have both my kids. Just because I'm giving birth doesn't mean I have to look like hell!

nonmember avatar HErrOBe

I don't see what the big deal is about putting on your makeup at work. If you are at a cubicle, no one can see anyway

Candie Hughes

I used to have a curling iron for the car that plugged into the cigarette lighter. I would curl my hair and do my makeup on the way to just about everywhere. Someone else always drove! I have also been called a professional at changing in the car without anyone knowing what I was doing.

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