Your Best Beauty Checklist For Long-Haul Flights

Written By: Yeu-Gynn Yeung

Travelling is always something to look forward to, especially if it’s to a faraway, exotic destination. The only catch? The long-haul flight isn’t exactly what dreams are made of, unless you’re looking forward to flying first class. Even then, the dry, recirculated air in the airplane’s environment won’t do any favours for your skin.

Jet-lagged is not a good look on anyone, especially for Instagram photos. Honestly, everyone wants to avoid looking like Mother Gothel without Rapunzel’s magic hair post-flight. If you want to step off the plane looking glowing and totally fabulous, here’s your best beauty checklist for the next long-haul flight.

1) Makeup wipes

Makeup wipes are practically lifesavers! This time, it’s not really about removing your makeup. You may or may not wear any makeup pre-flight. Most people start off on the long-haul flight with no makeup anyway. However, you may not always have the opportunity to fully cleanse your face during a long-haul flight so these makeup wipes will go a long way to wiping the day’s dirt and grime away from your face. It’s probably the best way to cleanse your face if you can’t exactly do your usual full-on double cleansing routine.

2) Moisturiser

To avoid dry skin during your travels, you’ll need lots of hydration, hyaluronic acid and diligence. It’s best to use a heavy-duty moisturiser for the long-haul flight. In the context of a long-haul flight, the moisturiser does more than just hydrate your skin. It acts as a barrier between your skin and the dry air and prevents your skin from drying out in the merciless airplane environment. Apply a thick layer onto your face and let it all the goodness absorb into your skin. If it doesn’t get absorbed before your flight nears touchdown, simply wipe the off the excess moisturizer with a makeup wipe. Voila – you’ve become a glowing goddess in just one flight!

3) Face mist

Stash a travel-sized bottle of face mist into your handbag. While staying hydrated during the flight is important, a face mist can prevent your skin from feeling dehydrated mid-flight. Spritz some onto your skin and instantly feel refreshed! It’s a great way to “wake up” your face, especially before touchdown. Say goodbye to dry skin and sleepy eyes with just a quick spritz or two. It’s like magic!

4) Sheet mask

How do you make your time on a long-haul flight productive? Absorb the essence of beauty from a sheet mask, of course! Place a sheet mask onto your face as you prepare to take a nap on the flight. Leave it on for a minimum of 20 minutes, or for as long as you like, until all the essence is absorbed from the sheet mask. If your face still feels moist after taking off the mask, simply let the remaining essence absorb into your skin. If you feel self-conscious about people watching you, remember that you’ll step off the flight with glowing skin, while they’ll probably suffer from dry skin upon touchdown.

5) Toothbrush and toothpaste

You simply can’t forget this one – you do this every day! If you can, place your toiletries bag in your carry-on luggage. Your toothbrush and toothpaste are vital to your long-haul flight. They’re inseparable. You’ll feel refreshed inside and out after you brush your teeth, especially after a mid-flight nap. Plus, brushing your teeth has a superb wake-me-up effect with it’s minty, cooling elements. There’s nothing better than feeling clean and refreshed after a long-haul flight.

6) Concealer

Conceal those blemishes and Gucci eyebags with cream or liquid concealer. Avoid a matte concealer and opt for a satin finish instead. Choose a concealer that gives the wearer a “your skin but better” look as these tend to be less drying than full-coverage formulas Apply the product sparingly about 10 minutes before touchdown and blend it out on your face. You’ll step off the plane with flawless and blemish-free skin. Nothing gets a girl more hyped up for travel than looking gorgeous!

7) Mascara

Mascara doesn’t just work wonders for your lashes – lengthening and volumizing them to the high heavens. You can use this multitasker to fill in your eyebrows too. Darken your eyebrows before your flight touches down to a new country It doesn’t give you Cara Delevingne brows, but enhances your natural eyebrows instead. Mascara fills in your eyebrows naturally and follows your eyebrow shape so you’ll look reasonably made up even when you step off the plane.

8) Lip balm and lip tint

Say goodbye to cracked lips when you apply some lip balm onto your lips. Lip balms will help your lips retain moisture and hydrate your lips during the long-haul flight. Drinking water probably helps but since your lips are on the surface of your skin and exposed to the dry air, your lip balm will go a long way to ensure luscious, moisturised lips upon touchdown. Meanwhile, matte lipsticks may be too drying for a flight, so if you want to add colour to your lips, a simple lip tint should do the trick. Plus, you can use the lip tint to add colour to your cheeks too, like a blush.

9) In-flight hairstyle

Your in-flight hairstyle should be easy and fuss-free. You’ll be sitting and leaning back onto the seat for quite a few hours and you’d want to avoid minimal damage to your hairstyle. Our best bet would be to tie your hair up into a ponytail or a bun. These hairstyles are easier to redo before your flight arrives at its destination, and they look pretty good as well. You don’t need to be a pro to style your hair into a ponytail or a bun. If you need to, use some powdered dry shampoo or hair serum to freshen up your hair mid-flight.

Phew! Looking fab post-flight is hard. If you’re an avid traveller, let us know how you look gorgeous post-flight in the comments below.

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