Do you ever find yourself heading to the airport in a flurry, realizing your nails are chipped and your hair has gone from sleek to frizzy? Whether you're off to a client meeting or a much-deserved vacation, it's important to look and feel your best. Here are tips from well-traveled experts on how to primp on the go.
Tip 1: If you don't have time for a manicure, quickly file your nails and paint two coats of clear polish. This only takes a few minutes, and "the hint of shine on freshly filed nails will give the illusion of a clean manicure," says Skyy Hadley, founder of As U Wish Nail Spa. Try: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
Tip 2: If your nail polish is chipped or smudged, don't try to fix it in a rush or you'll likely make it worse, says Hadley. Instead, remove it. Toss a remover pad in your purse on your way out the door and use it once you're through security. Try: Cutex Essential Care One Step Nail Polish Remover Pads.
Tip 3: If you want to add color to your nails but don't have time for a manicure, use nail polish strips—they're perfect for packing. "If you’re in a rush, remember to stay away from dark shades and stick to light and nude colors that show fewer mistakes," says Hadley. Try: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Tu Tu Much.
Tip 4: If you have thin, straight hair, do a basic sleek, smooth blowout before you head to the airport. "If you do a bouncy blowout and then sit on a plane for six hours, the hair will fall flat," says Edward Tricomi, co-founder of the Warren Tricomi salons. Once you're on the plane, make sure to leave your hair down to avoid creasing.
Tip 5: When it comes to styling your hair pre-flight, "don’t go against nature, you won’t win," says Tricomi. If your hair is wavy, work mousse through damp strands, scrunch it, let it air dry and finish it with a beach spray to enhance your waves. Once you're on the flight, wrap your hair into a high top knot and secure with an elastic that won't crease your strands. Let your hair down when you arrive and spritz on more beach spray to freshen up the style. Try: L'Oreal Professionnel Curl Corset Energizing Aqua-Mousse and Blow Pro Beach Blow Texturizing Mist Travel Size.
Tip 6: If you don't have time to prep your hair the day you're traveling, go for a chic, high ponytail. "It’s classic, pulls the hair off the face, and is simple to do in a pinch," says Tricomi. All you need is an elastic.
Tip 7: To give your hair some oomph after a long flight, spritz roots with a dry shampoo. It'll also get rid of that dreadful airplane smell. Try: Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray.
Tip 8: If you're taking a flight that's longer than two hours, prep your skin as if you're going to bed. Pack sample sizes of cleanser, toner, serum, night cream, and eye cream, and head to the restroom prior to boarding, says makeup artist Taylor Babaian. This will give your skin the hydration and care it needs. And, don't skip the toner step. "It's my product fave that most people don't do," says Babaian. Try: Cle de Peau Beaute Soothing Essence.
Tip 9: Though it's best to head to the airport sans makeup for a long flight, if you need to wear a little something, go for "finished brows and red lips," says Babaian. This will help you look pulled-together while keeping your skin clean. Try: Maybelline New York EyeStudio Master Shape Brow Pencil and L'Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Ravishing Red.
Tip 10: Once you've landed, head to the bathroom for a quick makeup session. "I've gotten full-blown ready for cameras at the airport," says Babaian. Her go-to look includes concealer, powder, pink blush, lip gloss, shimmery neutral eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara. Try: Cle de Peau Concealer, Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation, YSL Crème de Blush in Powdery Rose, Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Grapefruit or Ginger, Stila Eye Shadow Pan in Kitten, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Black or Pearly Brown, Lancôme Definicils High Definition Mascara in Black.
Tip 11: If you want your skin to look great when you arrive, drink water. "I buy the largest water I can. I don't wait for the flight attendant to hand me a small cup. It's actually drier than the desert on the plane, so staying hydrated is important. It's worth the $7 for what's normally $1.50," says Babaian.
What're your tips for beautifying on-the-go?