How do some women look so fresh and gorgeous after a 14 hour flight - in economy?!

Having done my fair share of flying and waiting around at airports, I started to notice there were 2 classes of women who travel – those who looked as if they had just stepped off from first class, so fresh and vibrant and ready to start their holiday; or those that just by looking at them, told us their story of their agonizing sleepless flight next to a crying baby. I looked at myself in the mirror and, of course, was the latter.

So just how did the lady sitting next to me on the flight manage to look the way she did and I, the way I did?

We consulted our team of makeup artists for their travel tips and how you can get the look:

1. Multi-use products - these are any products that can be used to do a number of things. This keeps your makeup bag light. The last thing you want to do is lug around a HUGE toiletry bag and spend forever rummaging through it looking for your eyeliner in the cramped bathroom. We like:

  • Benetint by Benefit – Rose colored liquid that looks like a nail polish. Can be used on your lips for a just bitten tint of color and also on your cheeks for a nice flush. If you’re anything like me, you may need to layer it on a few times to get the desired color. I apply this directly on my lips and then on my fingertips to rub onto the cheek.

  • Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 - Your skin is often parched after a flight, especially if you’re in a window or middle seat and avoided drinking water so you don’t need to go to the bathroom. A tinted moisturizer with SPF does the trick. It slightly covers your imperfections, makes your skin look dewy, gives a bit of moisture back, and protects it against the UVA/UVB rays.

  • MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy - flattering color for most women. This can double as eyeshadow if you smudge it with a cotton bud or even your fingers just lightly across your upper eye lid. Also, for those who have darker eyebrows, this can be used lightly as an eyebrow pencil being careful to only do light strokes and brushing it out with a clean or disposable mascara wand.

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Underground. Great taupe color for rimming the underneath eyeline to make you appear more awake and refreshed. Especially fitting for brown colored eyes, the colour really makes your eyes pop!

  • Klorane Dry Shampoo or Baby Powder - your hair can look oily and dirty after a flight. We’re not sure how often the headrest or head liners get changed so best to come prepared. We love Klorane travel version sprays because of the volume, but baby powder will work just as well at soaking up the excess oil. Sprinkle a little powder at the roots of your hair and on your bangs then rub it in. Brush out the remaining product.

  • Smiths Rosebud Salve – This is perfect for chapped lips, taming eyebrows, putting a little on your cuticles or any dry patches on your face.

2. Don’t throw out your ¾ used eyeliners! Instead, keep them as your travel sized eyeliners!

3. Keep your samples! Sample sized mascara tubes, perfume vials and moisturizers are great for traveling. We want to keep a light and small beauty bag on the plane and not walk down the plane aisle with a HUGE toiletry bag! Next time, look out for the sample bonuses that Sephora or Ulta often do.