We’ve all seen images of our favourite celebs strutting through airports looking runway ready – hair and make-up still perfectly in place. Have you ever wondered just how they do it? You’re not alone.
While the A-listers have their glam squads to give them products and advice, we did a bit of digging to find the best in-flight beauty routine tricks to help you take care of your skin and hair, so you’ll look and feel fresh when you arrive at your stop.
Here’s a list of fool-proof in-flight beauty routines for every kind of flight:
In-flight beauty routine for a 2-hour flight
- Prime your skin: For a quick journey, chances are you will arrive at the airport all done up and ready to go. If you’re headed straight to a meeting, prep your face with a primer to ensure that your make-up makes lasts throughout the day. We love MAC Prep & Prime Skin, as this gel not only combats redness but also gives your skin a radiant glow.
- Prevent dry eyes: The air in the cabin can be quite dry as it is recycled. This is bound to irritate not only your face but also your eyes. The last thing you’ll want is to show up to your appointment with bloodshot eyes, so have a bottle of Eye Gene eye drops on hand.
- Care for your lips: Two hours of flying may sound like it’s no big deal, but it’s enough to bring on the beginnings of chapped lips. Labello Lip butter in Raspberry Rose is perfect for keeping your lips moisturised and soft, and it has a delicious flavour too!
In-flight beauty routine for a five-hour flight
- Go foundation-free: A longer flight means the air is going to have more time to sap precious moisture from your skin. Swap out your usual foundation for The Body Shop All-in-One BB Cream. The formula adapts to your skin tone, leaving it smooth and camera-ready while organic aloe vera helps to keep the skin moisturised up to 24-hours.
- Keep fine lines away: There’s also more time for fine lines to set into your face, particularly around the delicate eye area. Get ahead of things with a few dots of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream under the eye before take-off to give the area instant hydration that should last throughout the journey, and a quick dab before you land will awaken tired eyes.
- Touch ups: If you’re superhuman and manage to take naps while on a plane, or if you’re prone to oily skin, you’ll probably need to keep your brows in place or fill them in during the flight. You might not have the luxury of your entire kit, but you can carry the Benefit Precisely, My Brow travel-sized mini pencil in your beauty bag, and quite frankly, that’s the only thing you’ll need for perfectly sculpted brows.
In-flight beauty routine for a long haul – 10 hours or longer
When travelling long distances, looking your best often comes from feeling your best. You’ll need to take of your body too if you want to arrive at your destination looking camera-ready. With that in mind, here’s what you can do to make sure you still look great after a long day of flying:
- Drink up: With all that dry air up there, you’ll need to keep your body and skin hydrated. Supermodel Elle Macpherson swears by drinking 3 litres of water on long flights, but don’t chug down your water as that will most likely just lead to lots of loo breaks. Plus, taking in enough fluid will also help you beat jet lag later on.
- Cleanse: Keep face wipes on-hand so that you can remove any excess oil and debris build-up as the hours go by. We love Garnier Miceller Oil-Infused Cleansing Wipes which act like a magnet to pull impurities from your skin while the oils dissolve make-up.
- Moisturise: When you’re travelling for this long, it’s best to ditch the make-up, especially foundation, altogether and use the flight time to keep your skin as hydrated as possible. You’ll want to top up on moisturiser throughout the flight and there’s no better option than Mixa Cica Repair Balm. This miracle in a tube is in a travel-friendly size and can be used on your face, hands and body to soothe dry, irritated patches of skin. The rich hypoallergenic formula will prevent your face from feeling extra tight and dry.
- Mask on: With all that free time on your hands, why not treat yourself. Try a single-use mask, like the W-Beauty Hydrating Sheet Mask. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, E and C will leave your skin soft and smooth in just 10 minutes. And when you’re done, no need to rinse – just massage the remaining gel into your skin.
- Coat your strands: The dry air in the cabin isn’t just bad for your skin – it strips your hair of moisture too. Starting mid-shaft, apply a light layer of Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter to your hair and then twist your hair up into a loose top-knot for the duration of the flight. Shortly before landing, simply shake it out and voila!
- Refresh your skin: With all that recycled air circulating the cabin during those long-distance flights, a few spritzes of your favourite face mist will help keep any exposed skin happy and quenched. We love Dermalogica UltraCalming Travel Mist.
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Quick and easy make-up
After flying for a few hours (especially 10 or more), you’ll probably want to take some time to look presentable when you touch down. Use the last 30 minutes before landing to quickly apply some make-up – only the essentials though (you probably won’t want to do a wing 10 600km in the air). The trick is to pack mini multitaskers in your beauty bag:
- Use your fingers to dab on some Revlon Colorstay 2-in-1 Compact Make-up to even out your complexion and hide any dark circles.
- Make sure you’re looking bright-eyed and awake by licking on two coats of Little MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara.
- Refresh your features by adding a splash of colour to your lips – we love the Clarins Water Lip Stain – and while you’re at it dab some onto your cheeks as well!
And that’s everything you need to keep yourself looking fab while you fly – you’re welcome!
Beauty and health editor at Essentials magazine with a love of chai lattes, chocolate brownies and gym dates. I can also do a killer winged eyeliner.