What part(s) of your makeup routine could you do without a mirror?

I think I could apply most of my foundation without a mirror, especially something with sheer to medium coverage. I can apply lipgloss, some lipsticks (nothing too rich/pigmented!), and lip balms all without a mirror… but I’d say I need a mirror for most parts, haha!

— Christine
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Compare Any Two Swatches

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!


Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Leave a Reply

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Moisturizer and setting spray…that’s about it. For everything else, I use the 10x magnified side, switching back and forth to the regular side as I go, to make sure it looks ok.

Lipgloss is the ONLY thing I can do without a mirror.

I usually apply my TM, then look in the mirror and it’s almost a running joke on how many spots I’ve missed or where I have globs somewhere! I will completely overdo my blush w/o a mirror – learned that quickly. Eyeshadow, mascara, and eyeliner would be a hot mess without my 10X mirror to get me through that.

But the gloss I use is an MLBB and I slap that stuff on in the car, in a restaurant, in the movies – constantly with no mirror.

I can only do lip balm without a mirror…lol. I can put my contacts on without a mirror but that’s it. My mom can put her lipstick on without looking! Unlike me, she’s olive-skinned (she’s Asian) and wears dark lipsticks…so it’s pretty amazing. :p

I see a lot of Sydney Grace right there! My big box of SG came in and I just tried some eye products and a pressed glitter last night! My mystery bags had a bunch of loose glitter and pigments and I have no idea what to do with them. I need to check your blog to see if you’ve reviewed them!

Interesting question! I’m going with nothing, I am probably way far behind everyone else’s application abilities around these parts so I definitely need a mirror. Does lip balm count? I can do that without a mirror, haha!

The only things I’d dare try are putting on a tinted lip balm or a gloss and translucent powder; for everything else, if I don’t have a mirror, I’d skip it entirely

Primers and all my skin care products, lip balm, sheer lipstick like UD Broken or a chubby stick type, sheerer lip glosses like Fenty Gloss Bomb in Universal. But that’s definitely all!

None of it? Even with a mirror I’m occasionally capable of NOT making my foundation completely even — can’t imagine what it would be like without.

The only things I’d be willing to apply without a mirror are skincare items (moisturizer, sunblock, etc.) and colorless lip balm; since I don’t consider those to be part of my makeup routine, my answer stands.

In reading other answers, I realize that I wouldn’t even apply pressed powder throughout the day without a mirror! To prevent any cakiness, I’ve made a habit of checking my face before I powder to see if skin oils need to be blotted first, or to see if I waited too long and some foundation areas need to be touched up or redistributed before powdering. Yeah, mirrors are absolutely necessary.

Skincare, SPF, primers, foundation, finishing powder, mists, lip balms and once my lipstick is applied using the mirror, I can reapply through the day without a mirror. The outside margins of my lipstick seem to last all day and it is the inner rim that I worry off so I can easily just put on the inner rim and smoosh my lips together to meet where it is still intact. I also reapply my touch up SPF powder without a mirror.
Part of the reason that I can apply touch up lipstick and SPF without a mirror is because I need a 10 x magnification mirror and I haven’t found one to carry in my purse since I carry a very small purse. I might have more room if I got rid of about 20 lipsticks that seem to find a home in my purse on a regular basis, LOL!

Hmm, probably only face primer and lip balm.
I was driving one time and, keeping my eyes on the road, I felt around in my makeup bag for my lipgloss. Doing everything by feel I got it unscrewed, pulled the wand out and started to apply it to my lips. Imagine my horror when I felt the bristley brush against my lips! I had a big splotch of black right in the center of my bottom lip, what a mess!
So yeah, face primer and lip balm. 🙂

I’ve been known to apply some lipsticks, pressed powders, even emergency mascara without a mirror in a moving car, on a train, on a plane and even on a moving boat. {I realize that became a rather Seussian answer.} Only when I was in a rush or pressed for extra sun protection.

Literally only lip balm and MAC fix plus! It’s like I even want to use a mirror to apply moisturiser and take off my makeup, feels weird not to. Maybe I just don’t trust my hands alone.

Lip products like balms, glosses and lipsticks if they are on the sheer side, lipsticks if it’s a touch up as the outer edge of the lips will still have the lipstick intact. Powder and finishing sprays.

Definitely most lip products (I’m still on a learning curve with my NYX Candy Slicks, so I can’t freehand them yet); and probably foundation, blush, and highlighter. Concealer, contour, and eye products all need a mirror for me.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!