Makeup Tips For Long Flights

October 27, 2014

Does your makeup ever look like it’s been through a rough time by the end of a long plane trip? Or, should you even be wearing makeup in the first place?

Whilst we all want a little bit of coverage to even out those blotchy parts of the skin, or just to conceal any dark circles, there is a way to go about it without loading on the makeup. Below you will find just a few helpful tips on what to wear on your face if you’re up for a very long, and tiring flight ahead.

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Before you leave the house


It’s important to keep your skin hydrated and gently wash away any of the skincare from the night before. Use a mild cleanser to remove any oil or grease on your face without drying it up completely. Wet your face with lukewarm water, then gently massage the product into your problem areas (most commonly include forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin), then wash off, and don’t forget the neck!

Don’t make the mistake of applying a deep-purifying mask before you leave, since this could only make your skin extra-dry.

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser, $16.95


Apply a moisturiser over your face and dab carefully around areas such as the eyes and neck. Choose a formula which is lightweight and won’t feel heavy on your skin. Since you’ll be indoors for most of the day, it isn’t necessary to use a moisturiser with SPF as this can often weigh down the skin and make it feel oiler. Something light and hydrating your best option for a long flight.

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, $29

Tinted moisturiser

If you need a little more coverage, apply half a pea-sized amount of tinted moisturiser over your problem areas. All this product will do it smooth out an irregular skin tone, and gently cover spots and blemishes without over-drying the skin.

Don’t use a stippling brush or cosmetic sponge if you don’t have time on your side, blending in the product with your fingers is just fine!

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Korres Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturiser, $46


This is an essential if you want to keep your eyes looking large and awake. Gently curl lashes with an eyelash curler (10 seconds for each eye), then apply a waterproof mascara from root to tip. A waterproof formula won’t leave you with excess product on your eyelids if you do decide to doze off in the plane.

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Eyeko London Skinny Brush Mascara, $28

On the flight

Thermal water

If you feel like your skin is a bit rough during the flight, spritz your face with a small amount of thermal water. This will be enough to hydrate dry skin caused from the high altitude, without completely ruining your makeup. Applied too much thermal water on your skin? Gently dab away the excess product with a tissue.

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9.99

Makeup wipes

Wipes are perfect for both refreshing your entire face, neck and arms if you just can’t find the time to freshen-up in the bathroom. You can also remove your makeup completely, mist your face with thermal water, and apply a nourishing face mask if you feel that your skin needs some extra TLC.

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Milk & Co by Lindy Klim Beauty Wipes, $9.99

Face mask

Skin has a tendency of breaking out and creating irritating dry patches – especially if you’re in the air for nearly 24 hours! Remove your makeup and apply a nourishing face mask. Choose one with Hydraluron which will make your skin feel smooth and soft, while boosting hydration as you sleep! Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then pat skin dry with you fingers. No need to wash-off!

Makeup Tips For Long Flights

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, $23.99

Image via Glamourous Traveller

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