My travel makeup look

Posted on December 22, 2014 under FOTD

As this post goes live, my airplane from Reykjavik to Toronto will be taking off. (That is, if all is going according to plan. KNOCK WOOD!) I’ll be spending two weeks with my family for the holidays, and I am very excited.

For a longer trip like this, I tend to pack quite a bit of makeup, mostly lip colours. I mean, it’s impossible for me to say on December 22 that on January 4 I’ll want to wear a specific lip colour, so I bring a lot to cover all my bases. However, for the journey itself (nearly 12 hours on airplanes and in airports – how exhausting), I prefer to keep my makeup nice and simple. Here’s my makeup uniform for air travel:

Brow gel

Normally I have a more involved brow routine, but although I enjoy having perfect eyebrows I am just not that concerned with this when I’m on a plane. This is especially true if I have to wake up early for my flight, which is fairly often. Instead of doing the whole angled-brush-and-pomade routine, I just pop on some of Benefit’s Gimme Brow, which magically fills in my brows super well for being nothing but a tinted gel.

One high-coverage concealer and one undereye concealer

In general, my philosophy is “high coverage concealer for blemishes, sheer foundation for the rest of the face”. This is no different for air travel! I have given my MAC Studio Finish concealer a lot of love – it’s creamy, very pigmented, and can cover anything. My undereye concealer is the most effective weapon I have against looking like a sleepy zombie; I love L’Oreal La Touche Magique.

One powder foundation

Although I love my Revlon Nearly Naked liquid foundation, I cannot fathom slathering ANY liquid all over my face only to bake on an airplane. I want the most lightweight foundation possible! Sometimes when travelling by air I’ll just skip foundation completely, but if I’m feeling slightly less lazy I’ll use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply Pür Minerals 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup, mostly on my cheeks where I get a bit of redness.

One neutral cream eyeshadow

I apply a light, neutral cream eyeshadow all over my eyelid just to brighten up the area. I love intricate eyeshadow looks, but what the hell is the point when I’m just going to be sitting in a metal tube fearing my death? I always reach for a Maybelline Colour Tattoo for this, generally Inked in Pink or Barely Branded.


A good matte bronzer fulfills three tasks. First, it gives a healthy glow that is so needed when unforgiving airport lights suck the life out of your face. Second, it can be used for contouring – and, yes, I am high-maintenance enough that I will often pop a light contour under my cheekbones even when doing minimal makeup. DEAL WITH IT. Third, it’s perfect to put in the crease to complete my very simple, so-easy-I-could-do-it-in-my-sleep eyeshadow look. Of course, I use The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer for this.


Um, duh. Aside from undereye concealer, mascara on curled lashes is the most effective method of waking your eyes up. Today I’m using Maybelline Illegal Length, but I don’t have a strong allegiance to any one mascara at the moment.

Here’s how the eyes look, using Barely Branded, the Honey Bronzer, and mascara:

holiday eyes

One hydrating lip colour

I’ve almost gone through my Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie, and that is probably almost exclusively through travel use. It’s a light berry colour that’s not quite “my lips but better” but still very subtle, which means constant touchups are not necessary. It’s also super hydrating – which is nice because planes are VERY DRYING ATMOSPHERES. Plus, you can put it on without looking in the mirror, which is a bonus when your makeup bag with your compact is stowed in the compartment above your head and you don’t want to be that asshole who gets their bag down halfway through a flight.

And here is the final look – simple, quick, easy, but effective:

holiday travel

One Direction shirt optional.

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