As a jetsetter, you’ll inevitably have to deal with dreadful jet lag, endless flight delays, a restricted make-up bag and (probably) awful bathroom lighting. When combined, it doesn’t always make for the most glamorous photo opportunities.
Not to mention, beauty products can also completely hijack your travel bag. You have no doubt experienced bottles and jars, leaking and shattering before you arrive at your destination. But, thanks to jet-setting models who have tried everything, you no longer have to give up your beauty regimen while on the road.
Here are nine travel beauty hacks to learn from jet-setting models.
1. Clearly organize your products.
When you are often traveling, you want to use transparent cosmetic bags for all your products. Not only will it help you locate what you need when you are jet-lagged and unable to think straight, but it also helps cut down time when traveling through an airport.
Women with opaque, overstuffed cosmetics cases are, in fact, a top reason for those time-consuming airport security bag searches.
2. Take advantage of sample sizes.
Sample-sized products are going to be your best friend! So will the Sephora counter! Usually, Sephora will give you a sample of any perfume you want to try and give it to you in a little spray bottle.
Alternatively, you can choose to buy a Sephora Perfume Sampler. These trial perfume kits with about seven to ten mini perfumes can last you more than a month, and they often come with a coupon for a free full-size fragrance of your choice from the box set.
Additionally, take advantage of the duty free shops at airports. After all, their sample bottles are just waiting to be sampled! Opt to pick up overnight moisturizing lotions that you can apply on a long overnight flight. Being on a plane is so drying for your skin, and models swear by moisturizing before!
3. Make your compact shatterproof.
There is nothing worse than arriving at your destination and realizing that your makeup case has been broken.
Before you leave, put cotton wool pads inside your powder compacts to ensure that the mirror inside (or the product) doesn’t crack during your travel days. So when you arrive, you will be ready to put your face on, and (look as though) you’re ready to join a modelling agency in Dubai.
4. Invest in a silk pillowcase.
While it may seem like a little extra vain to your non-travel friends, jet-setting models often tout silk pillowcases as their number one beauty secret. This is because when you toss and turn in your sleep, your face gets scrunched up on your pillow which can lead to wrinkles and dry skin.
On the other hand, a silk pillowcase is constructed tightly and has a low absorption rate, ensuring your skin remains bright, fresh and never drained. When you arrive at your hotel or accommodation, throw this over your hotel pillows.
5. Don’t forget about your hair.
After a long day of travel, an instant way to pick yourself up is to freshen up your hair with a lively fragrance. Just spray your hairbrush with your favorite perfume to give your mane a new uplifting scent.
Not only will you feel fresh, but your hair won’t give away the fact that you just flew in from across the world. That being said, when you have the chance, book an appointment with the best local hairstylists.
6. Purchase a hanging toiletry bag.
Unless you are staying in the world’s most luxurious hotels all the time, you may encounter rooms that seriously skimp on counter space in the bathroom. To deal with this, always travel with a hanging toiletry bag, which can hold everything you need, and can also be suspended from a towel rack or robe hook to save space. Just don’t forget to take it with you when you check out!
7. Keep yourself zen with essential oils.
No longer just for bougie apartments, essential oils can be a jet-setter’s favorite companion. Since they are supposed to be made from plant extracts, make sure you only purchase pure essential oils.
Lavender oil is the perfect one for travelers, as you can throw a couple of cotton balls with several drops of lavender oil into your luggage to ensure the contents smell nice and fresh. Also, put one in your dirty laundry bag. Lavender also works incredibly well in helping heal sunburns.
If you find yourself getting motion sickness, try rubbing some tea tree oil on your wrist, smell it, and then take several deep breaths. Citronella essential oil, on the other hand, repels mosquitoes, and peppermint helps combat any stomach issues you may encounter. These qualities make them all handy essential oils for travelers.
8. Buy a BB or CC cream with SPF.
Jet-setting models are continuously looking for ways to keep their cosmetic luggage lightweight, but also keep themselves looking fabulous. One trick is to use a tinted BB or CC cream, which is basically lotion, foundation and sunscreen in one. Not only will it deeply moisturize your skin, but it will also give your skin a dewy glow, and keep you protected from the sun’s rays.
9. Always go shellac.
It can be challenging to keep up with your nails when you are on the road. Regular polish can easily chip when you are always on the go, which is why you should always opt for a shellac finish. Shellac lasts longer (up to four weeks), and goes on thick which, in turn, protects your nails from breakage.
Are you a frequent jet-setter? What tips and tricks have you learnt to keep yourself looking incredible while on-the-go? Let us know in the comments!
Jessicka Bell co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives and photographers.