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

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.


Air Travel tips from Bobbi Brown

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.


Air Travel tips from Lisa Ray

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.


Air Travel tips from Kalyani Saha Chawla

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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