A common observation by visiting foreigners is that Japanese women are always so perfectly coiffed, dressed and made up. This is true. They are extremely fashion conscious — though sometimes it’s a very skewed sense of fashion (e.g. skirt over jeans, polka dots on polka dots, clashing patterns, Wicked Witch of the West type color combinations).
My point, however, is not about their sense of fashion. It’s that some of them only care about looking beautiful for whoever they’re seeing because I see women doing their make up all the time on trains. And I’m not talking about a quick application of lipstick or a powdering of the nose. I’m talking about eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, and blush. The works. I once saw a woman spend 20 minutes on the train doing her make up.
She might have gotten on the train as a hag (ok, I’m exaggerating here) but she got off perfectly made up.