Air Travel Beauty Tips by Bobbi Brown, Lisa Ray and Kalyani Saha Chawla
Ever gotten off a flight looking like you flew through a tornado? SHABANA PATKER-VAHI gets frequent-flyer beauties to reveal how they get rid of red-eye fatigue in the blink of one.
From the Vogue April 2014 Issue, shared exclusively with InOnIt.in.
There’s only one way a long-haul flight ends for us: pressurized cabins, dehydrating air-con and static-friendly flat beds always equal dark circles, dry skin and frizz. Add sleep deprivation and airline food, and it’s a Molotov cocktail for early-onset ageing.
But there are some women who don’t disembark looking like a hot mess. We try to decipher how their skin glows, their hair gleams and how they just glide through the concourse.
BOBBI BROWN, MAKEUP ARTIST AND FOUNDER OF BOBBI BROWN COSMETICS
PREFLIGHT PREP: When I travel, I like to keep things low-maintenance, so I usually get on board without any make-up on. Instead, I stick to good skincare. I always bring a few multi-purpose beauty essentials in my carry-on bag and a palette with some of my favourite shadows. When it comes to hair, I just pull it back into a low ponytail. I try to stay healthy even when I travel. I pack healthy snacks like almonds, flax seed crackers, kale chips and canned coconut water so I can skip unhealthy airline food.
IN THE AIR: I keep my skin well moisturized by layering several moisturizing formulas. I use my Soothing Balm on the face, lips, cuticles and even heels, and top it with the Repair Balm. To prevent puffy eyes, I use an eye mask on board so I can relax and fall asleep easily. I also apply the Hydrating Face Tonic (even to the eye area) to further soothe my skin.
To bring my hair back to life, I use a dry shampoo right before landing. The trick is to flip your head over and apply it to your hair’s under-layers. Next, add a little to your hairline and part, gently patting it in with your fingers.
I apply a little cream blush—it makes the complexion look fresh. Then, I dab on Extra Soothing Balm on the apples of the cheeks, right over make-up, to help plump up skin and give it more radiance. Plus, a few coats of black mascara on lashes helps open up the eyes.
LISA RAY, ACTOR AND HOST OF TOP CHEF CANADA
PREFLIGHT PREP: A few hours before flying, I slather myself with almond oil or shea butter and wash my hair with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. For my skin, I use Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer by the Hungarian organic skincare line, Éminence.
IN THE AIR: I carry a face mist and a product called Vasanti Eye Wonder—it’s a miracle eye cream but I use it all over my face. My lips get chapped easily, so I use a lot of Burt’s Bees lip balm or Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1. I drink warm water with lemon every half hour and sneak in a cup of tea after eating because I can’t resist my chai. I avoid alcohol, but if it’s a long flight I’ll treat myself to a glass of red wine (the resveratol in it is good for you!). I leave my hair loose and keep my make-up minimal. I avoid foundation and use just a touch of YSL Touche Éclat, Chanel mascara and kohl.
ON DISEMBARKING: I might put on some foundation and bronzer. I do light yoga and use the elliptical, but I also have a ritual of having a long satisfying cup of tea in my hotel room.
KALYANI SAHA CHAWLA, VP, MARKETING ‑COMMUNICATIONS, CHRISTIAN DIOR COUTURE, INDIA
PREFLIGHT PREP: I need to wear make-up on a daily basis to look the part for my job, but I use an ayurvedic face wash and a neem scrub to ensure my skin is completely make-up-free as soon as I get on the plane. I get my hair blow-dried the day I fly and use Bumble & Bumble hair spray to make the blow dry last at least two days.
IN THE AIR: I take late-night flights, so eating is an absolute no-no. I drink a lot of water and try to get as much sleep as I can. I always carry a moisturizer and a lip balm with me.
ON DISEMBARKING: Since I often go straight into a meeting, I carry foundation and add a bit of mascara, kohl and a touch of lip gloss.
Read more in Vogue India’s April 2014 issue, out on stands now.
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