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7 Easy Ways to Look & Feel Fresh After a Long Flight

Attention Jetsetters: Don’t blame looking tired after a long flight on the fact that you took the Red Eye. Sure, travelling has its fair share of headaches and inconveniences. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous even when stepping off of an international flight.

If your goal is to look and feel impossibly fresh when you reach your final destination, these 7 tips will have you glowing from check-in to baggage claim (and everywhere in between).


Minimalist Makeup

When it comes to wearing makeup on long flights, less is definitely more. Your smoky eyes might look fantastic when boarding a plane – but spend a few hours asleep on a travel pillow and you might find all that makeup running down your face. Instead of going full-glam, stick to the basics. A touch of waterproof mascara and a BB cream will keep your look low-key in the best way possible. Then, keep a travel size mascara in your carry-on for a quick touchup before you land.

Our Picks:

Dior – Diorshow Waterproof Mascara
Keihl’s – Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream



Choose Your Clothing Carefully

Dressing for a long flight is always a bit of a challenge. It’s a delicate balance to find an outfit that has you looking chic but also keeps you comfy during your many hours up in the air. For a look that offers the best of both worlds, pair our luxe leggings with your favorite slides and a simple cotton t-shirt. Then, add a denim jacket, a flannel button down, or tailored cardigan depending on your personal style. Accessories like a simple necklace will also ensure you look put together from head to toe.

Our Picks:

Madewell – Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee

ESU – Seamless Leggings



Stay Minty Fresh

It’s easy to forget about your breath while soaring at 30,000 feet. But long hours and in-flight snacks can combine to create breath that is anything but beautiful. Simply popping a few breath mints before you hop off the plane can make a world of difference. If you’d rather go the extra mile, pack a travel sized mouthwash in your carry-on.

Our Picks:

Marvis – 7 Days Travel Set



Perfect Your Pout

Wearing lipstick means you’ll be constantly having to touch-up and reapply your look. To make your travel experience so much easier, opt instead for a tinted lip balm. This will keep your lips hydrated after a long flight and glam up your look without having to worry about unsightly smears or smudges.

Our Pick:

Lilah B. – Tinted Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees – Tinted Lip Balm



Add A Few Highlights

It never hurts to take a few minutes to touch up your makeup before you land. When adding a second coat of mascara and applying a little more tinted lip balm, brighten up your face with a glowy highlighter. Highlight inner corners of your eyes, under your brow bones, and anywhere else where you see a little redness.

Our Picks:

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Highlighting Duo Pencil
Fenty Beauty – Mini Body Lava Body Luminizer



Moisturizing Is A Must

Airplanes are notorious for drying out your skin. That’s why keeping a travel sized moisturizer in your carry-on is a must. While a traditional face lotion can do the trick, step up your game by introducing a hydrating facial spray that is packed with antioxidants. A quick spritz or two will make your skin glow in seconds.

Our Picks:

Kora Organics – Noni Glow Face Oil

EVIAN – Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray Travel Duo



Stay Hydrated

The cardinal rule when it comes to staying fabulous while flying is drinking as much water as possible. When it comes to beverages – hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Bring your own water bottle for an eco-friendly way to always have water on-hand. Unfortunately, this also means skipping out on drinks that can dry you out , so say “bye-bye” to in-flight cocktails and coffee drinks.

Our Picks:  

BKR – Spiked Lala Glass Water Bottle
Glacce – Crystal Elixir Water Bottle