Should I Wear Make Up on a Flight?

GIRLS… I never EVER get technical when it comes to makeup and skincare, because let’s face it, I have no idea what I’m talking about. I use lipstick on my waterline, concealer as foundation, and I hardly ever use face masks *slaps wrist* but y’all, I have to share this!

Basically back in December, I realised I’d be flying multiple times within the space of a few months, and I got excited (as you do) about not only 1. The attire I simply must buy especially for the journey and 2. Research as to what products I should bring to keep me feeling fairly fresh after flying.

So after a lot of research I am totally chuffed with all the interesting facts I’ve found out, and I really wanted to share them!


I’ve always assumed wearing a full face of makeup on a flight was literally the biggest beauty sin of all. The clogged pores combined with that filtered air would probably lead to a disastrous blackhead breakout, I thought. *shiver*. Alas, how wrong I would be. But can we be blamed?

From skin experts, to celebrities, being fresh-faced pre-flight has always been a thing really? Extra baggage under the eyes has classically been a given, hidden behind oversized sunglasses, no? But is wearing makeup on the ground different to in the air? short answer, NO (lol).

In fact, I found out it’s MORE beneficial to wear makeup in the air, who knew!? It really all comes down to humidity (geddin’ techy widdit)

In a nutshell, the cabin hair humidity is at less than 20%, and air indoors is usually 30 or more. This means the skin will lack moisture, which is where your beauty products will come in handy. Tinted moisturisers and BB creams are the best products for the job, and keep the skin hydrated while adding that much-needed coverage, especially for an early-morning journey.


WHAT I’M USING: The Ordinary Foundation (not pictured as it’s empty!), 3ina 3-in-1 foundation, Urban Decay Primer, Evolve Miracle Facial Oil 

Apparently, break-outs are not caused by the makeup itself, but the improper removal of the products. It’s important to cleanse, and make sure you get rid of all the grease, dirt and dead skin cells that could potentially block your pores and cause spots and other little nasties you’ll have to let live on your face until they decide to leave (anyone else name their spots? no??)

Another factor of break-outs is actually stress, so the road to the airport, packing before the flight, and the process of the airport may actually be doing a whole lot more damage to your skin than a pore-blocking foundation.

WHAT I’M USING: Yes To tomatoes cleansing wipes, Sukin Charcoal Cleanser.

So, you’ve got your makeup for the plane sorted, but what about your post-flight skin? I’ve been reading that after you land is the key time to start up a re-hydrating routine. I’m talking ditching the makeup, and moisturising STAT.

WHAT I’M USING: Korres cleansing emulsion, The Ordinary lactic acid, Evolve Miracle Facial Oil, Sukin moisturiser, Egyptian magic

Hope you found this useful guys, I certainly did when it came to prepping my skin for a long haul flight! If you have any tips, sling them my way 🙂


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  1. February 13, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    This is really interesting Maria! I always avoid makeup during a flight and step off the plane looking like an oily beetroot so I will definitely be applying my face next week when I fly. I’ve also wanted to try the ordinary foundation for a while and now that I know you use it, I probably will buy it 😀 #fangirl

    Hannah x

    • lifewithmariaeva
      February 13, 2018 / 12:26 pm

      Ah thats awesome Hannah, and yeah lots of moisturising foundation will be fab for your skin. Omg that foundation is so affordable too, a good choice hehe! Thanks so much for reading m’love x

  2. February 13, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    This is so good to know, I’ve never known if wearing makeup on flights was doing horrible things for my skin or not, so glad you researched for all of us!! I’m going on a trip and will be flying for about 40+ hours in the span of 10 days so it is so helpful to read this now!

    • lifewithmariaeva
      February 19, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks for reading Sofia, and definitely I think it’s good to know we can wear at least a little bit on a flight if needs be hehe!

  3. February 13, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Omg, everything I knew has been a lie? I always thought wearing makeup on a flight was a big no no. And I thought makeup causes breakouts. Well, the more you know lol

    • lifewithmariaeva
      February 19, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      Haha omg Anna I was like this too! I was reading that it’s the improper taking off of makeup thats bad- not the makeup itself which is v interesting! Thanks for reading m’love!

  4. February 13, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    This was such an amazing post! My skin always gets super irritated and dry before flying and even worse if I wear makeup, so I usually bring masks and face lotions to put on midway throughout the flight! I never thought to wear a bb cream in terms of having a bit of makeup on. Thanks for the tip Maria xxx

    Melina |

    • lifewithmariaeva
      February 19, 2018 / 12:42 pm

      Awe thanks for reading Melina, yes I couldnt believe it either, it’s such a good option I think to use BB cream x

  5. February 14, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    This was such an interesting read! I had never thought that makeup on flights might actually not be so bad haha. I love the Origins Drink Up leave on mask, I just a apply a bit on board and my skin always stays hydrated!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

    • lifewithmariaeva
      February 19, 2018 / 12:42 pm

      Yeah I mean obviously if you cake it on I’m sure it wont help too much hehe, but yeah I definitely think something hydrating like BB cream will help keep a shield between your skin and the air! Thanks for reading Sinead!

  6. February 23, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Everyone, literally everyone, told me that wearing makeup on a flight is the worst thing I can do to my skin. Thanks to your post I don’t have to scare people around me with my bare face!

    • lifewithmariaeva
      March 6, 2018 / 11:12 am

      omg yes I know what you mean, I was like wut?? really?? Hehe I’m sure you would never scare anyone with your face, you’re beautiful!

  7. March 21, 2018 / 10:59 am

    This is so interesting as like you I had always assumed it was a super sin to wear make up on a flight, really enjoyed this as I have a long haul flight coming up! X

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