Travel Beauty Tips for Early Morning Flights

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Early Morning Flight Beauty Routine

If there is one thing I cannot stand about traveling, it is 6:00am flights.

You know how it is…flight at 6:00am.  Means being at the airport at 5:00am.  Means leaving the house at 4:15am.  Means waking up at 3am.


Can we all just agree that flights should not depart before 7:30am?

I try to avoid pre-sunrise flights for personal travel but when it comes to work travel, they are unavoidable, and also the worst – because I am almost always traveling with colleagues.   So when all I want to do is roll in to the airport at 5:00am in pajamas, makeup-free, with my hair in a greasy ponytail – I know I’ll regret it when I’m sitting next to my boss’s boss for the next four hours.

I pretty much refuse to wake up before 3:00am, so over the years, I’ve found a few ways to streamline my usual routine so that I can get as much sleep as possible the night before, and look somewhat put together as I schlep myself to the airport.

To start – I wash my hair night before, let it dry halfway and then put it in a high, loose bun.  The next morning, I take it down and blow dry it straight.  This saves me about 30 minutes of hair time (I know, I know).  Another option that I love: Bri’s overnight headband curls.  A quick touch up in the morning and you’re good to go.

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Next, I try to minimize my makeup routine by using as many two-in-one products as possible.  This includes a sunscreen/moisturizer/foundation combo that I love, and a powder over it that I can apply with a sponge.  Before dawn, I don’t have it in me to deal with swirling and tapping mineral makeup – it’s going to end up all over my sink.  I use the same shadow on my lids as I do to line my eyes.  Benetint goes on my cheeks and lips.  Quick mascara and I’m out the door.

Another strategy I’ve used in the past is to make the most of my pre-boarding time.  I’ll slip into the ladies’ room after I get through security and do my hair and makeup there.  I have it all with me in my carry-on, so it’s a great use of time that I would otherwise spend nodding off in an uncomfortable chair.  By the time I run into my colleagues at the boarding gate, I am at least recognizable.

I’m thinking about all of this as I dread my 6:00am flight to New York on Thursday…while you’re still in dreamland, I will be stowing my carry-on in the overhead compartment.  And hopefully taking a nap shortly thereafter.

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