So I’m going to Toronto tomorrow for a little spur of the moment trip for my friend’s birthday and I’m taking the red eye there because, you know, efficiency (why waste a day on travelling?). Unfortunately, this will definitely mean that I will arrive in the six early Friday morning looking haggard AF. I know, I know, reading this you guys are probably like “but India, what are you going to do about it??”. To be perfectly honest, I typically just show up at the airport bare faced and ready to fully embody the look of the weary traveller. But for the sake of this article, and because products are fun— after all, this is what I do for a living— I am choosing to embrace the in flight beauty routine.
There are lots of beauty aficionados out there who will lay out their complicated routines for you, but I’m going to keep this pretty simple.
Here’s what I’m packing:
This is so important. I don’t care how much the plane bathroom scares you (will you be sucked out into the air when you flush the toilet??? Questions I ask myself while in the air at 2 am), drink as much water as you can.
Drugstore Makeup Remover Wipes
Regardless of whether or not you like to wear makeup to the airport, it’s nice to give yourself a little cleanse once you get onto the plane. After all, if it’s a red eye, you should wash your face like you would be getting ready to go to bed at home.
Jao Lip Balm
It’s hard to add moisture on a plane filled with recirculated air, so I like to try to lock it in with a thick waxy balm. Reapply frequently.
Mini Grown Alchemist Hand Cream
When my mom first saw this tiny tube of hand cream, she was like “wtf that is the stupidest thing I have ever seen” and I kind of agreed. But it really is the perfect size for the plane and it is s’cuuuute.
Jao Refresher Sanitizer
Planes are dirty, enough said. This blend of essential oils is effective at killing germs without smelling like poison.
Grown Alchemist Hydra Mist
I love a good face mist and this one is small and refreshing. Reapply throughout the flight to maintain optimal dewiness.
ME SkinLab Plasma 27 Sheet Masks
The novelty of doing a sheet mask on a plane might make some people roll their eyes, but this sheet mask really is amazing at plumping and refreshing skin. Do this closer to landing to roll up to your destination looking a little less like you just spent a night 40000 feet above ground.
A little concealer, some cream blush, mascara, and lipstick. Enough to look alive and to tide you over until you have access to a proper mirror with lighting that isn’t entirely terrifying.