April 28, 2015 Angela Melero Spotlight

How to Look Refreshed After a Long Flight

Airplane environments are often glamorized and portrayed as these über-luxurious atmospheres with people sipping martinis in suits and fancy dresses who are leaving the flight with not a hair out of place or smeared makeup mark present. Unfortunately, this is just not reality. Even the most accommodating of flights can still wear on your body and face, especially after five hours or more. Between the awkward sleeping positions, turbulence and occasional sickness, your flight experience shows on your face whether you like it or not. However, your post-flight appearance can be improved and instantly remedied with the help of a few handy beauty products. Take a look at the items that can save your face after any flight.

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Facial Mist

When it comes to in-flight atmosphere, the air up there isn’t exactly the best. Airplane air is super dry and can suck the moisture out of your skin, leaving it feeling tight and parched. Give it a little hydration boost with a facial mist like Kiehl’s Refreshing Mist (which is specially designed for traveling and in-flight environments). 

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Lip/Cheek Tint

Airplane carry-ons don’t give you much space to work with, so taking your entire beauty arsenal isn’t always an option. Save time and space by packing twofers like a lip/cheek tint that will allow you to freshen up your face and your lips after a long flight. Try a pretty coral tint like YSL Beauty Kiss and Blush Summer Collection Corail Incandescent.

Brightening Concealer

If you’re one who tends to snooze her way through long flights, a brightening concealer is a non-negotiable. Waking up (or even just sitting awake) in a dry, bumpy airplane can leave your face looking a little worse for wear. Ditch the dark circles and splotchy, dry skin by applying a brightening concealer (we love L’Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Highlighter). Dab a little concealer on the under-eye area, along the cheekbones and brow line to give your face an instant pick-me-up.

Facial Wipes

Makeup tends to get smudged and ruined after a long flight (think raccoon eyes). Clean up the makeup mess by keeping facial wipes handy. Because of the dry plane conditions, try using wipes with hydrating and moisturizing properties (like The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes) to help inject some moisture into your skin while tidying up your face.


Tightlining is perfect for making your eyes look more awake instantly. Just throw a gel- or cream-based liner (like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil) in your carry-on to help you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even after an eight-hour flight!

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Dry Shampoo

Why should your face be the only thing that gets refreshed? After being pressed against a seat for hours and hours, your hair is definitely going to need some love too! Spruce up your mane with a little dry shampoo to absorb excess oil and add a little volume and fullness to your flattened ’do. Try a texturizing formula like Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodified Dry Shampoo.

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