How to pack makeup for the plane – hand luggage
Restrictions on flights
These rules generally apply to the UK, Europe and Australia. The US is even stricter:
If you do take liquids in your hand luggage then:
• Containers must hold no more than 100ml
• Containers should be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm
• Contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed
• The bag must not be knotted or tied at the top
• It is limited to 1 plastic bag per person
• You must show the bag at the airport security point
• Liquid in containers larger than 100ml (except those for medical purposes, special dietary requirements or baby food) can’t go through security even if the container is only part full.
• All drinks, including water, soup and syrups
• Cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lipsticks
• Sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants
• Pastes, including toothpaste
• Gels, including hair and shower gel
• Contact lens solution
• Any other solutions and items of similar consistency
How to comply when you’re a makeup and beauty addict:
1. Get yourself some travel size containers.
Transfer your favourite liquid products like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash and moisturiser into travel size containers. You can get them in the dollar or pound store, or buy online.
Places like Target, Priceline and Boots also stock loads of travel size minis. Sample sizes are also fantastic as they don’t take much room and are really lightweight. Many makeup counters like Bobbi Brown, YSL and Benefit give complimentary mini – samples if you ask politely!
2. Replace as many liquid products with powder formulas
Take mineral foundations, powder bronzers, blushes and finishing powders. When going on holiday, I always take my Williamspro Zeropowder in original and in bronze, and find they work so effectively in minimising pores and keeping my skin looking healthy I don’t actually need much makeup.
3. Replace aerosol sprays and removers with wipes
Baby wipes are any makeup artist’s savior and a traveller’s best friend. From freshening up your skin, removing makeup, mopping up spills, these multi-purpose beauties are a staple in my travel kit. Plus they don’t count as a liquid!
Deodorant sprays and makeup removers can easily be replaced with baby or face wipes, which are not counted as a liquid.
4. Make friends with pigments
Universal highlighter powders like #Selfieglo can be used in incredible ways – straight from the tub as an eyeshadow or highlighter, mixed with moisturiser for a luminous primer. Meanwhile pigments like Stellar Shine can add a real dazzle to your makeup kit without jeopardising your liquid allowance. You can take as many as you like because they don’t count as a liquid!
5. Multi-purpose products
Argan oil is one of the best multi-taskers around. It is a makeup remover, a face hydrator, a hair oil, a cuticle oil and after sun oil. It is a must-have in my flight bag. Just transfer into a small plastic travel jar. You don’t need much, perhaps 30ml maximum.
Embryollise cream is also fantastic as it is a makeup remover, hydrating mask and moisturiser. Plus can be mixed with pigments and used as an illuminator.
6. Check-in nail varnish
Nail varnish is regarded as flammable and I highly recommend if you’re travelling, to check in your polish if you have to take it with you. Otherwise if you are travelling with hand luggage only, I suggest getting yourself a decent gel manicure that will last about two weeks with no chipping. Or just treat yourself to a manicure once you are on holiday!