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How to perfect your in-flight face

Wherever you're jetting off to, having a make-up routine prepared for when you're flying can prove difficult. Plan ahead by considering what climate you're going to be landing in, and pack multi-purpose make-up products in your hand luggage so that you look fresh-faced when you land at your destination. Depending on the length of your flight, you could also dedicate some time towards the end of your journey so that you can perfect your make-up ready for landing.


  1. Base

The key to looking fresh for when you touch down is hydration: the recirculated air on planes dries out the skin, so make sure to moisturise the night before you depart. Try and use a moisturiser with hyaluronic acid,0 as this will help retain your skin's hydration (pre-moisturising will also save space in your hand luggage for other products!).

With hydration an absolute must, opt for a dewy foundation or CC cream that has hydrating, nourishing qualities. Choose a coverage depending on your preference, i.e. light, medium or full, and work this into the skin. To compliment this, dab a concealer (one that's one or two shades lighter than your skintone) under your eyes to give the illusion of illuminated skin, which will hide any tell-tale signs of no sleep.  An added bonus is that these can be applied with your fingers if you don't have enough room for your makeup brushes. 

If you're suffering from any breakouts, pay attention to concealing your problem areas with a concealer (that is the same as your skin tone), or if you don't have one, your foundation or CC cream. Make sure to set both your problem areas, under your eyes and any other areas that you get oily, with a light pressed powder (especially if you're about to land in a warmer climate!). 

2. Bronze

Everyone wants a pre-holiday glow, so lightly swirl a brush into your favourite powder bronzer and tap off the excess before applying it to the outer portions of your face that the sun would naturally hit i.e. forehead, tip of nose, jaw line and top of your cheekbones. As well as bronzing, you can also lightly contour by sculpting and defining the cheeks with bronzer using a narrow contour brush. You could alternatively use a cream bronzer with your fingers and blend for a sunkissed natural glow. If bronzer isn't really your thing, gently dab a light pink blush to the apples of your cheeks for a more rosy hue. 

3. Eyes

To define the contour of your eyes, apply (if you could fit some in your hand luggage) some eyeshadow in the socket crease of your eye and blend with a soft fluffy brush. You can alternatively do the same with bronzer for a more natural and diffused look, and then you only have to pack one product!  

Aside from drying out your skin, the recirculated air on planes also dries out your eyes. Apply a generous coat of your favourite waterproof mascara to your top and bottom lashes so they're smudgeproof if your eyes start running. Again, this is also great if you're landing somewhere hot and humid. 

Not forgetting the brows, gently fill and define them with an eyebrow pencil. This can also double as an eyeliner, either in the inner eyelid rims, or as a tight liner in the upper eyelid to give the illusion of fuller top lashes. You can also fill in and set your brows with a tinted brow gel to keep any sparseness and stray hairs at bay.

4. Lips

Before applying a lip product, moisturise! You can either leave the look here with a tinted lip balm, or add a bright pop of colour with a moisturising lipstick, lip creme or lip stain. To define and prep the lips to hold the lip product effectively, use a matching lip liner beforehand.

5. Enjoy your holiday!

Sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your flight knowing you look absolutely fabulous!

How to perfect your flight face

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