Gorgeous on the Go: 7 Simple Beauty Tips for Red-Eye Travelling

Packing & Wardrobe, Spa & Beauty — By on May 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Travelling overnight is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you can arrive at a destination while multi-tasking with getting some sleep, but on the other hand, it’s hard to arrive feeling like you look your best. Here are a few beauty tricks you can implement to make the most of your red-eye travelling—whether you’re going by plane, train or car—so that you can pamper yourself while getting a little shut-eye and still arrive looking fantastic.

Wearing Scarf with Updo1. It’s All About the Hair Repair

Pamper your locks with a leave-in-conditioner and style it with a chic updo—slick pony tail, structured bun or wrap your hair in a scarf. Not only will this look put together and nourish your hair overnight, but it will also keep frizz at bay and prevent static hair (especially on a plane).

2. Hands-On Beauty

While idle overnight, give your hands a nice moisturizing treatment by taking some heavy cream and cotton gloves. Right before getting some sleep, make sure to lather the rich cream and put on the gloves so you wake up with soft hands. The gloves help retain moisture and prevent your surroundings from getting oily.

3. Water is Power

Staying hydrated is the key to looking great no matter what. If you’re up in the air, remember that the cabin pressure on a plane has only about 10% humidity making the air you breathe dry. Make sure to drink lots of water to stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and caffeine—both of which can further dehydrate you.

4. The Magic’s in the Moisturizer

We’ve established that travelling can leave you dehydrated so pack up a thick rich cream or a small vile of your favorite oil (argan, olive, etc). Before snoozing off, apply a layer to your clean face so you wake up with a fresh glow. Note: For your convenience, take a makeup-removing cleansing wipe so you can wipe off (and easily dispose of) any residue from your face before moisturizing.

5. Keep Your Lips Smackin’

Soften and exfoliate your lips by applying a generous layer of Vaseline, oil or thick balm before going to sleep. You may wake up with a white residue lining your lips—that’s the dead skin—so make sure to easily remove it by rubbing a napkin across your lips!

Sleeping Girl with Eye Mask6. Get Your Beauty Sleep

Invest in a sleep eye mask and noise cancelling headset—especially if you’re on public transport—to ensure you get your beauty sleep. Why? A study published in the British Medical Journal found that individuals who had a good night’s rest were rated more attractive than when they were sleep deprived.

7. Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Avoid heavy makeup at the start of your journey. Keeping it simple means you have less to wipe off when you doze and less to worry about in regards to smudging. Twenty minutes before arriving at your destination, apply a basic makeup look so you look fresh. A few tricks of the trade include: lining your eyes with a nude liner makes eyes seem well rested; a fresh coat of mascara will make your eyes seem bright; a layer of sunscreen is a must before stepping out; and dab on concealer under and around your eyes. 

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  • Sus says:

    These are very useful! Moisturizing is really a must because the cold can dry your skin out. And yes sleep to recharge!

  • Babs says:

    I’ve been a flight attendant for 23 years and have never, ever, seen anyone take off their make-up and re-apply on a flight (domestic or international), nor put enough cream on their hands to need gloves. At most I’ve seen blush and lipstick re-applied before landing, and hair combed. Sleep masks, yes. Ear plugs yes. (Noise reducing headphones take up too much room to pack.)

    Also many women need magnifying mirrors to apply make-up, and few compacts have them, and the ones you can easily carry in your purse/tote are too small for a whole make-up session.

    Hair – if it isn’t long enough for a high pony (otherwise you can’t lean your head back comfortably) will get combed through at best. The hairstyle in the photo with the pink scarf (above) would never last overnight on a plane.

    Water. Water. Water. Yes!

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