Look fabulous after a long flight


To start, if you’re “scary pale” like me, invest in a good facial self-tanner. My favourite, as I’ve mentioned before is Clarins Liquid Bronze facial self-tanner (R320). Having a bit of a tan will help you look less pale and drained and create a more even, healthier-looking skin tone without the hassle of foundation.

Next, make a point of shaping your brows and then, if they’re on the lighter side, tint them along with your lashes. This way, you don’t need your eye pencil and mascara in your carry-on.

Once on board, these are the items you’re going to rely on to help you look good at the end of the flight:

1 x pack of facial wipes

1x seriously hydrating night cream sample

1 x lighter day moisturiser sample

1 x mini toothbrush

1 x concealer

1 x mega-moisturising lipstick that can double as a blush

When you’re ready to pop that sleeping pill and hopefully black out, take off all your make-up and slather on your hydrating night cream. Many beauty brands offer free mini samples and I’m lucky enough to own a mini Decléor Aroma Night Iris Rejuvenating Night Balm (R450).

This is a total godsend in that it goes on like a thick balm which seals moisture into your skin in the dry cabin air. It also smells amazing thanks to the relaxing aromatherapy oil.

When it’s almost time to land, whip out your facial wipes and remove the night balm. Smooth on your lighter day cream, comb through your brows with the toothbrush and hide any excess eye baggage with a good concealer. I’ve recently discovered Catrice Camouflage Cream concealer (R49,95, exclusive to Dis-Chem).

I love that it’s thick enough to hide even the darkest rings yet glides on like a champion and doesn’t crease up into any fine lines. I also like that it’s in a pot as opposed to a tube so you can get away without having to declare it as a “liquid” before boarding the plane.

The finishing touch? Use your lippy both on your lips and on your cheeks as a make-shift cream blush. This way you don’t have to carry two more items – a blusher and blush brush – and you don’t need a lip and cheek tint in a bottle that’s also considered a pesky liquid.

Right now, I’m in love with Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturizing lip colour in Pretty Pink, (R210). Aside from being enriched with nourishing Shea butter and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, it also makes use of a complex that Arden refers to as Volulip to lock moisture into your lips and help plump them up.

And just like that, you’ve managed to look pretty darn decent with just the bare minimum of in-flight beauty booty.

Happy travels ladies!

Love, love


Leigh van den Berg is a Cape Town-based freelance fashion and beauty writer obsessed with all things girly and glam (she’s particularly proud of the fact that she can probably name the perfume you’re wearing at 10 paces). Nothing gets her more excited than hot new beauty goodies except maybe champagne cocktails, coconut ice and that dude who plays Dean in Supernatural. Check out her blog, Lipgloss is my Life and follow her on twitter @lipglossgirl

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