It's getting harder and harder to figure out how to travel and look great at the same time. No more large containers of mascara, lip gloss or toothpaste! Hair spray is verboten and gels and mousses in-flight are but a wistful memory for the style-obsessed traveler. But with a little help from the Transportation Security Administration (T.S.A.) and two top New York stylists, you can arrive in style with nothing but small containers of liquid in a clear plastic bag and a little imagination.
"You can bring up to 3 oz. of liquids on board if you place them in one, 1-quart clear plastic bag," says the T.S.A.'s Ann Richards. "There's no limit to how many 3-oz. containers you want to bring as long as they all fit in only one, 1-quart bag that can close with the products inside. Every other liquid must go in your checked baggage."
Makeup-wise, what's allowed? "Lipsticks, not glosses, pencils, caked mascara or powders are all allowed," says Richards. "If you're a frequent traveler, you should invest in some travel-sized grooming items. They are now usually packed in 3-oz. tester-sized containers."
Landy Dean, makeup artist, and Edris Nicholls, founder and hairstylist, both of the tony New York Edris Salon (Iman and Naomi Campbell are fans) have 10 other tips for getting off your next flight looking as if you deserve a vacation rather than need one:
1. Tie your hair in a scarf to combat bad hair at the end of a long flight -- make it a Hermes to add extra glamour.
2. Hair powder, like a dry shampoo, helps combat oily scalp or limp hair.
3. Leave your house with a leave-in conditioner in your hair. Wrap it in a scarf, and you'll get a deep-conditioning treatment while you earn the miles -- excellent for combating the overly dry air on board
4. As always, carry a great hairbrush. They like the junior Maison & Pearson.
5. Don't forget hair shine paper. It helps eliminate static and reduce dullness.
6. Cucumber eye pads. Pre-moistened pads soothe and refresh tired and puffy eyes. These can also be refrigerated prior to travel to further refresh eyes during flight.
7. Pre-moistened makeup remover cloths remove makeup or just clean the skin mid- or post-travel. Neutrogena or Mac brands are good. (Note: These pre-moistened towelettes must be placed in your one-quart bag of liquids.)
8. Makeup corrector sticks help correct little smudges, blotches or "I-can't sleep-because-I'm-stuck-in-the-center-aisle" circles under the eyes.
9. Cake mascara is a great alternative when liquids are not allowed. This is the classic Hollywood way to darken and define the eyelashes. It comes in a pressed, cake form and can be mixed with water then applied with a firm brush. They recommend curling the lashes first -- Paula Dorf or Longcils Boncza brands are favorites.
10. Solid cocoa butter and cotton gloves for a hand treatment (also place in one quart travel bag).
And at the end of it all, Edriss and Landy recommend a good night's sleep, a 16-oz. bottle of water and a pair of designer sunglasses so that others will think you're a rock star, not just a fatigued fellow traveler.
Get more information from the T.S.A.