Fashion bloggers may seem to have it easy, but lest you dismiss them for their seemingly cushy lifestyles, know this: these stylishly-clad ladies have to travel constantly. As in, “I can’t remember the last time I was in one place for more than three days” kind of travelling. Which means they’re forced to master the art of looking fresh and awake after endless flights, bus rides, and minimal sleep—no small feat for even the most seasoned beauty pro, if you ask us.
We managed to get three of our favourite style bloggers—Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor, Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty, and Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea—away from their jet setting for a couple minutes to share their best-kept travel beauty secrets (including the exact products they never leave home without).
Keep flipping to see their best travel beauty tips!
When it comes to avoiding post-flight puffy face syndrome, Lim employs one tried-and-true trick: “Icing [your] face will help with swelling and any puffiness!” she says. “Especially when I’m flying, I like to ask the flight attendants for a cup of ice, and I’ll usually wrap the ice in a small hand towel, and start icing my face.” She says her face and eyes tend to swell up in the air, so she always ices them toward the end of her plane ride. “It also tightens the skin and minimizes the pores!” she says. “I also like doing this before I apply my makeup.”
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Lim: “My three must-have beauty products when I’m traveling are an invisible sleeping mask (I particularly love the one ($25) from Laneige, as it adds extreme moisture to your skin), the Advance Night Repair ($98) from Estee Lauder (I’m able to use this also as an overnight serum on the plane, and then use this as a skin revitalizer off the plane), and Avène Thermal Spring Spray ($18).”
Who says you have to resign yourself to dry, flaky, skin post-plane ride? Lim focuses on keeping her skin super hydrated when she’s on the plane, so that when she’s off the plane, it looks like she “just got out of a spa”. She gives herself a facial on the plane, and spritzes Avène’s Thermal Spray ($15) all over her face every few hours. “As far as makeup, I like to keep it very minimal,” Lim says. “I’ll add a cheek stain on my cheeks and lips, and add some light coverage with my Laneige BB Cushion Compact ($34).”
Suarez credits one miracle product as her travel beauty go-to: Rosebud Salve ($6). “[I use it] to wipe off my eye makeup before or after a long flight,” she says. “It’s moisturizing and fits in my pocket—just make sure to wipe it off gently with a soft tissue!” She also uses this multi-tasking product on her lips, and credits a makeup artist on set for telling her about this gem.
Suarez, like Lim, swears by an overnight sleeping mask—Dr. Jart+’s Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask ($48), to be exact. “It literally clears my skin overnight!” she says. To clean off the day’s makeup, she reaches for First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser ($21), which she says is simple, creamy, and gentle on her sensitive skin. And finally, she doesn’t leave home without applying Stila’s 10-in-1 HD Illuminating BB Cream SPF 30 ($38). “I use this every single day,” she says. “It’s my base and it makes your skin look so even and clean.”
“Dry shampoo is my ultimate must-have,” Suarez says. “Especially since I have bangs! And it gives my hair more texture and volume. She swears by Drybar’s Detox Dry Shampoo ($23).
When it comes to skin and makeup, Suarez takes a hydrating approach. “I’m constantly moisturizing!” she says. “Eye creams and BB creams are the key to keeping my skin looking fresh.” To help herself look awake after a long day of traveling, she reaches for Stila’s Convertible Color ($25) in Rose. “It’s little and compact, and it lasts forever!” she says. And the final touch to her freshened-up look? A swipe of black liquid eyeliner. She says Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22) is ridiculously easy to use and stays put—great for those times you’re stuck trying to create a perfect cat eye in the back of a moving car (which we firmly believe happens at least once in every woman’s lifetime).
When it comes to traveling pretty, Marie says you can never be too prepared. “Always keep a mini bag of travel-sized essentials in your purse,” she says. “Mascara, concealer, and lip stain can cover you in almost any situation!” And don’t be afraid to make your products do doubled duty—she suggests using your lip stain as a blush and eye shadow, too.
“The air in planes is so dry,” Marie says. “Afterwards, I always need a serious moisture surge.” She suggests drinking as much water as possible throughout the flight, and counts SK-II’s Facial Treatment Masks ($135 for 10), extra moisturizing lip balm, and eye drops as her beauty necessities.
“I always wash my hair right before a flight,” Marie says. “I find airplanes to be so dirty, so I like to start off as clean as possible!” During the flight, she puts her hair in a braid or clip to keep it in place if she falls asleep. And when it comes to her skin, she’s all about hydration, hydration, hydration: “I wear, like, three layers of face lotion and then a tinted moisturizer,” she says. She skips mascara in-flight and instead applies it right when she gets off—otherwise, “I find myself in some sleeping position where my mascara smears everywhere!”
Have you tried any of these travel beauty tricks or products? Share your best traveling pretty tip below!