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What should I pack in my in-flight travel makeup bag?

What should I pack in my in-flight travel makeup bag?
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After a flight, whether long or short haul, our skin is often left a little lacklustre and in need of a pick-me-up.

As the harsh air-conditioning and varying pressure during your flight can strip moisture from your skin and leave it dry and dull, taking a few makeup essentials with you on the plane can help you look radiant and put together for the moment you step off the plane.

We have gathered together a small edit of the absolute essentials you need in your in-flight travel makeup bag.

In-flight travel makeup bag essentials

PIXI H2O Skintint

Hydrate and refresh your skin after hours of dehydration with PIXI H2O Skintint. Combining the brand's skin-quenching H2O moisturiser formula with a subtle tint, it can be applied without a mirror and will immediately even out your skin tone and add a fresh glow.

Fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types, the H2O Skintint blends Green Tea and Rose Water to soothe and hydrate the skin, taking down any redness and irritation to simply leave skin radiant and healthy-looking.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF25 Foundation Stick

If you need a little more coverage or want to protect your skin from the moment you step off the plane, the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF25 Foundation Stick could be the perfect in-flight essential for you. Lightweight and hydrating, the pigmented stick glides over the skin, gives luminous coverage and is so easy to apply.

Enriched with over 30% enhanced mineral water, it soothes the skin, taking down any redness and smoothing over dry patches for an even, radiant finish. The addition of SPF25 makes it perfect for holidays in warmer climates.

Lumene Invisible Illumination Watercolor Bronzer

A healthy, golden glow instantly perks up the look of your skin so having a bronzer in your in-flight travel makeup bag is essential. As your skin is so dry after a flight, using a cream or liquid bronzer is ideal as they often smooth over dry areas and enhance your skin's natural radiance.

Super lightweight and so easy to apply because of its sheer formula, the Lumene Invisible Illumination Watercolor Bronzer is our favourite to apply when our skin is looking a little lacklustre. Rich, warm pigments are blended with Pure Arctic Spring Water to leave skin fresh, radiant with a natural-looking sunkissed glow.

Eyeko Brow Gel

As brows frame the face and have the ability to make you look put together even when you're not, a tinted brow gel is the perfect post-flight beauty product. Fuss-free and so easy to apply, the Eyeko Brow Gel adds a natural tint of colour to your brows for definition and sets the hairs in place for a perfected finish.

Enriched with Keratin and natural proteins, the nourishing gel also conditions your brows and visibly thickens each individual hair. With a nano-brush that allows you to precisely apply the product, it is so quick and easy to use even without a mirror.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

A little mascara can go a long way when it comes to making you look put together after a long flight. Lengthening, volumising and completely waterproof, Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara is both a travel bag and holiday makeup essential.

Infused with Porcelain Flower Extract to moisturise and condition your lashes, the mascara promises dramatic lashes without feeling at all heavy on your eyes.

Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint

Add a touch of colour to your lips to complete your look and instantly perk up your complexion as you get off the plane with Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint. The sheer wash of colour creates a just-bitten look while the ultra-nourishing balm-like formula hydrates your lips.

Use simply on your lips or add a touch to your cheeks for a beautiful, natural flush.

Want to stock up on your holiday essentials? Discover our edit of the best suncreams to protect your skin and the best summer lipsticks to add a pop of colour to your holiday makeup looks.

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