Traveling With Make-Up

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Hi guys! My name is Raissa and today Helene has invited me to write a little something about make-up. She knows me too well (looks over at huge make-up collection) 🙂 Since Helene has already given you guys some useful packing tips for the beach and she loves to travel, I would like to stay in that vibe and talk about traveling with make-up.

First of all, of course it makes a huge difference whether or not you’re traveling with carry-on luggage only, how long your flight is, how long you’ll stay at your destination, what the nature of your trip is and lastly, how much you are into makeup. So, therefore, I will divide this post into two parts. Part 1 will describe some in-flight essentials that I personally like to use both for long-haul and short-haul flights. Part 2 will explain the make-up basics that I like to take with me on vacation, with optional choices here and there depending on the duration and nature of your stay. Of course, everything is optional here. If you don’t wear make-up or very minimal make-up that’s also perfectly fine!

In-Flight Essentials

In the past months, I have traveled by plane quite a lot, so I have gotten it down to a science what I like to take with me on board and what can stay home or in my check-in luggage.

Firstly, the air on airplanes is recycled over and over again, and this takes a toll on your skin, especially on long-haul flights. Usually, airplane air has a humidity level of less than 20%, whereas the air in your house has a humidity level of more than 30% and this is what your skin needs and is used to (WHO, 2017, Cabin Humidity and Dehydration).

This is not because airlines don’t care about your skin and throat, but it prevents accelerated corrosion to the frame of the plane. However, it is needless to say, the air on airplanes basically sucks your skin dry. Having dry skin already, I always make sure to take a small tube of cream with me that can be used on the hands but also on dry patches on my face. Next to that, I swear by lip balm, preferably one without petroleum as those can worsen your chapped lips over time and make you dependent on using lip balm.



As far as wearing make-up on the plane goes, I try to go for a less-is-more look. For short-haul flights, this won’t differ much from my daily look, which is already quite simple. However, for longer flights, I like to only wear a bit of bb cream to even out my skin tone slightly, a little bit of powder to set the bb cream and some mascara. Think about it, do you really want to sleep in a thick layer of make-up that will inevitably get messed up and look less than flattering upon arrival? Also, wearing next to no make-up gives you the opportunity to take it off easily before your nap, and apply some cream or a mask to your skin. You’re stuck in a big metal tube in the sky, might as well make the most of it and have a beauty sleep 😀


Lastly, if you opt to either take off your make-up or not wear any, you might want to have some multitasking make-up items in your carry-on luggage to arrive looking refreshed. If you would like to even out your skin tone a bit it’s a good idea to take a travel sized tube of bb cream or foundation, whichever you prefer. You can double this up as a concealer by applying a second layer only on the spots you need to. I personally always take a setting powder with me because of my oily T-zone. For a bit of color, double up your tinted lip balm as a blush, and finally, you could put on some mascara which can be doubled up as eyeliner by rubbing an eyeliner brush along the mascara wand.


Holiday Make-up

Especially when traveling to warmer climates, I tend to keep my make-up quite minimal. However, since it’s a holiday you might go out dancing, drinking, and going crazy (says a lot about my holidays eh?). So next to the basics you might want to take a couple extra items with you. Below you will find a list of things I consider my basics and some optional extra products.


– BB cream

– Concealer

– Powder

– Blush

– Lipbalm

– Mascara

– Eyeliner

– Bronzer (I consider this a basic because I’m white as paper)


– Eyeshadow

– Lipstick

– Highlighter

– Eyebrow pencil

– Setting spray (In warmer climates you could consider this a basic)

Please don’t forget that if you’re traveling with carry-on luggage only, you’re only allowed to take one quart-sized / 1-liter bag filled with liquids, with each liquid restricted to 3.4 oz. / 100 ml. Even though some airports may tolerate bigger bags or classify certain products as solids (such as lipsticks, lip balms, cream blushes, highlighter sticks etc.), it is best to go by the strictest rules so you aren’t forced to chuck away some of your items at customs. I have seen women in tears….not the best start or end of a holiday. Finally, drink lots of water, stretch your limbs and enjoy your flight 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my take on traveling with make-up. Stay tuned for more travel posts by Helene, she will show you more amazing places in this world!

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17 thoughts on “Traveling With Make-Up

  1. Nice article. I put on masks as well if I have a long haul flight. When I have short haul flights, I tend to wear light makeup and retouch before landing.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! And yes for short haul flights I tend to just freshen up a little bit before landing too 🙂

    1. Thank you! It is quite difficult indeed, and when I didn’t fly that much I was a notorious overpacker. Now I try to keep it somewhat light….still am a bit of a princess when it comes to skincare and make-up though 😀

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  3. This is an incredibly useful post for traveling beauty bloggers or just beauty fanatics 🙂 love this!

    1. Thank you! Currently trying to get my friend to write more beauty posts, as it is not really my expertise:) so watch this space!

    2. Glad you liked it! 🙂 As Helene said, I will try to write some more posts about make-up and skincare so definitely check back here 🙂

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