I really enjoy watching people on longer-distance flights. Some get on looking like they’re about to walk into a board meeting/fashion show and other legitimately get on in their pajamas.
I’m all for comfort myself, so it’s one of the few occasions where I have no issues wearing leggings as pants, paired with flops and a loose top. I then swop the flops for a pair of socks as soon as I settle into my seat and start wishing the time away. I don’t bother with makeup as it’s bound to look crap by the time you land anyway, but I do like having a little bag of tricks in my hand luggage to make myself look and feel better when I set foot on the ground again.
The first thing that goes into my little cosmetic bag is lip balm. I apply it every 2 or 3 hours to maintain comfort, and of course you don’t need a Chanel lip balm but this is my all time favourite and it’s oh so indulgent.
Next I like having a travel size dry shampoo because my hair gets limp and oily really quickly. I tend to just bunch it into a top knot though, and sometimes they allow the aerosol cans on board, other times not.
I apply some makeup an hour or two before landing. I take a light, not-too-matte foundation which I’ll just apply with my fingertips over a sample-sized moisturiser sachet. Nothing too heavy, but my skin is often a little red on and after flights so I just even it out. Next I go at it with some under eye concealer because, you know, dark circles aren’t hot.
I love a couple of swipes of mascara at this stage, as I very likely have puffy eyes and mascara makes them look wide open (or slightly wider and more open, at least). To finish off I give my cheeks a good sweep of shimmery pink blush, which does a great job at making me look more alive.
Products I chose for this trip:
- Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo
- Chanel Hydra Beauté Lip Balm (review & details here)
- Esteé Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation (I wrote a novel about it here)
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer (not available in SA)
- Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
- Soap & Glory Love at First Blush (not available in SA)
Remember to chuck things like dry shampoo and foundation (and any other liquids) into a little ziploc bag so you don’t risk losing them. Other non-beauty items I find very handy on long flights are a neck pillow (game changer), eye mask, ipad, a couple of pre-downloaded podcasts and something to read. As soon as I have a phone/tablet with bigger storage my own music will definitely be on that list too.
What am I missing to make my flights easier? Do share your wisdom if you have tricks up your sleeve.