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11 Beauty Products Flight Attendants Swear By

It's all in the lipstick. 💋
04/26/2017 02:54pm ET | Updated April 26, 2017
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Looking pulled-together at work is a bit more challenging for flight attendants than for those who have to do it at the average desk job. Not only do in-flight employees face early wakeup calls, long days and jet lag, but they also have to maintain their looks at 35,000 feet, where the air is drier, the lighting is rough and the changes in pressure can throw bodily systems for a loop.

How do they stay so glamorous?!

We asked flight attendants for their style tips, and five factors quickly emerged as key to a polished in-flight appearance. Although passengers are by no means required to dress up, these cabin crew habits can help anyone who wants to look fly in the sky (or upon landing, for that matter).

1. A stellar smile

Smiling is part of a flight attendant’s job, of course, and many female cabin crew members are required to wear lipstick as part of their uniform. Red is their go-to color for a reason, according to Elizabeth Upshaw, a former JetBlue flight attendant. “Try a red, and you’ll be surprised how much it helps you look rested and ready to go,” she said. “Red lipstick also helps your teeth appear whiter and makes your smile dazzle.”

“I keep [my smile] beaming with activated charcoal tooth polish by Carbon Coco.” ― Jay Robert of Fly Guy

Carbon Coco
Activated charcoal tooth polish, $39.95 at Carboncoco.com

“I’ll usually hop in the lav and throw on some more matte liquid lipstick. My favorite are Too Faced mattes, they’re phenomenal and stay all day.” ― Emily Jones, Frontier Airlines

Sephora
Too Faced melted matte lipstick, $21 at Sephora

“I know so many flight attendants who swear by LipSense. You apply at the beginning of the day, and it lasts through my four-leg days. I love that it comes with a moisturizing gloss that I can swipe on during the day.” ― Elizabeth Upshaw, formerly of JetBlue

Ebay
LipSense, about $25 and up on Ebay and at independent distributors

2. Long-lasting primers and creams

A flight attendant’s shift can last up to 14 hours, so long-lasting makeup is key.

“I recommend using a good primer to help your makeup last throughout the day. My favorite is NYX First Base.”
― Ebony Christina of Fly Girl’s Guide

Ulta
NYX first base primer spray, $7.99 at Ulta

“I use Urban Decay’s ‘All Nighter’ spray. That keeps my makeup seamless and perfect for the day. It keeps it from melting off.” ― Emily Jones, Frontier Airlines

Ulta
Urban Decay all nighter makeup setting spray, $31 at Ulta

”I always have on a pore minimizer BB cream. Just a small layer of something on my skin protects it from all of the contaminates in the air!” ― Katie Taylor, flight attendant with a major airline

Ulta
Maybelline baby skin primer, $6.99 at Ulta

“My favorite hack for glowing, hydrated skin is the Translucent Bronzing Tint by Dr. Hauschka.” ― Jay Robert of Fly Guy

DR. HAUSCHKA
Translucent bronzing tint, $45 at Dr.hauschka.com

3. Concealer

The male flight attendants we surveyed were big fans of concealer.

Boots No7 rapid revival eye roll-on for men is refreshing, cooling and great for getting rid of the bags under your eyes.” ― Dustin Anderson of Flight Crew Life

Boots
No7 men rapid revival eye roll-on, $16.99 at Us.boots.com

”Before landing, hit the under eyes with a concealer from Dr. Hauschka.” ― Jay Robert of Fly Guy

Dr. Hauschka
Concealer, $25 at dr.hauschka.com

4. A hydrating facial spray

“Many of the Emirates cabin crew use a hydrating spray during flight – they can be applied over makeup and give skin an instant boost of freshness,” said flight attendant Carmen Tejeda. When reapplying makeup, she said, a spray “stops touch-ups from looking cakey.”

“I travel with Evian facial spray.” ― Flight attendant who asked to remain anonymous

Sephora
Evian mineral water spray to go, $15 for a two-pack at Sephora

“I always have Mario Badescu’s rose water facial spray during flights to add moisture.” ― Christina Tomyo, Spirit Airlines

Ulta
Mario Badescu travel size facial spray, $5 at Ulta

5. Water

They’ve said it before, and they’ll say it again: Almost every flight attendant we surveyed mentioned hydration as the core of their in-flight routine.

“The key to staying refreshed while flying is to drink PLENTY of water. It’s recommended to drink at least one cup of water for every hour of flight.” ― Ebony Christina of Fly Girl’s Guide

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