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Lighten Up Your Makeup Kit With These TSA-Approved Products

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Traveling can be stressful. Between itineraries, packing, security and transportation, you have enough to worry about without adding "sourcing beauty products that suit international air travel requirements" to an already-long list. We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best travel products for every aspect of your in-transit beauty routine, which, at less than 3.4 ounces/100 ml., are all TSA-approved! 
 

HAIR

There’s nothing worse than reaching your destination and looking in the mirror to find that you look as tired and deflated as you feel. Airplane air dries out your hair just as much as your skin, so try a multitasking dry shampoo that will actually freshen and clean your hair instead of just absorbing grease. Hydrate your ends and smooth any stray strands with an oil such as Moroccanoil Treatment or Ouai’s Rose Hair & Body Oil, which, as the name suggests, you can use on your skin as well!
 

BODY

Even though most of your body will probably be covered while traveling, it’s important to keep the exposed parts – i.e. your hands – clean and protected. Airplanes are one of the most germ- and bacteria-infested places on the planet, so stash a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your bag. Make sure to keep any exposed skin hydrated with a rich body lotion or ointment like Homeoplasmine. 

SKINCARE

It can be embarrassing to do a full skincare routine in-flight, but it’s worth it to walk off the plane with flawless skin. Makeup remover wipes from brands like Garnier or Aveeno are essential for keeping your face and hands clean. Follow with your favorite serum – we recommend something with hyaluronic acid, like Glossier Super Bounce or The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 for added moisture – and a sheet mask if you dare. The latter are the perfect travel companion: packaged individually, lightweight and easy to slip into any overstuffed bag. You might freak some people out if you step out of the toilet cubicle mid-mask, but your skin will thank you. Go for a hydrating recipe like Dr. Jart+ Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution™ or, better yet, 7 Wonders’ Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask to keep your skin pure.

Seal in the effects of your hard work with a thick moisturizer. For extra hydration, top it all off with a facial oil like RAAW in a jar’s Beauty Drops, which comes in a convenient, mess-free roller bottle – plus, the blue tansy and vitamin E will rejuvenate and soothe your skin. Revive and rehydrate your face regularly with a facial mist and, if you're flying during the daytime, make sure to protect your skin from the sun with an SPF. Don't forget: the higher up you are, the more harmful those rays can be! 
 

MAKEUP

The best thing you can do for your skin when you’re traveling is to avoid wearing makeup altogether – but we feel you if you prefer to have your full face on at all times (or even if you want to keep a kit of essentials in your carry-on for quick touch-ups upon touch-down). Whether you have an extensive makeup routine or not, there are plenty of travel-friendly products you can swap in to save room. Trust us, you don’t need a full-size tube of mascara for a weeklong trip: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara looks adorable in travel-size, and saves you the trouble of having to pack an eyelash curler! If you’re not a good plane sleeper, cover dark circles with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. For a look that says “I just spent an hour eating lunch in the sunshine, not twelve hours on a plane,” BECCA’s Shimmer Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter come in travel size, and will last long after you’ve returned home. Mix a drop in with your moisturizer, use as a natural eyeshadow or tap along your cheekbones for a gorgeous glow. Urban Decay’s Naked2 Basics palette has matte shades that can do triple duty as eyeshadow, eyeliner and even for filling in your brows. Keep your skin looking dewy, not oily with a compact like Laura Mercier’s Invisible Pressed Setting Powder.

Shop all the products we mentioned and more so you can smugly and snugly fit your whole beauty kit into a ziplock bag when you arrive at the bag check: 
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DryBar Triple-Sec - $13
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Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo - $12
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Moroccanoil Treatment - $15
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Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil - $32
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Honest Company Lavender Hand Sanitizer Spray - $3
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Homeoplasmine - $14
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Glossier Super Bounce - $28
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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - $7
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Dr. Jart+ Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution™ - $6
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7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask - $6
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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré  - $16
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Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream  - $45
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RAAW in a Jar Beauty Drops - $20
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Kiehl Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist - $17
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Tatcha Pore-Perfecting Sunscreen - $65
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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - $13
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BECCA Shimmer Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter - $19
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Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette - $29
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Laura Mercier Invisible Pressed Setting Powder - $36
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