We want to look like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday or even a Girls Generation member when going through airport security while traveling, but we all know it isn’t that easy. It usually boils down to comfort versus style because of the stress traveling brings.
From the get-go, you have to be aware and alert. Let’s start from the airport: there’s immigration to go through, passports, papers, visas, and schedules to keep track of, foreign airports to not get lost in, and to top it off, it’s a hassle to dress up when you’ll be removing (and putting back on) all your accessories in bins when passing through security checks. And we all hate that one person who’s dressed to the nines so it takes forever to get their stuff together.
With all these, it’s easy to give up the #ootd and focus on just getting through the process. But don’t fret! Here are five easy steps to look glam and feel great during a trip without the hassle–whether you’re at the airport or arriving from a 20-hour flight.
Keep your Travel #ootd Simple, Comfortable, and Classy
♥ You do not want to be that person holding up the line in the security check. Keep your accessories to a minimum, if any. I like wearing a watch (I find it more convenient than taking out my phone just to check the time) and only a pair of earrings as my accessory. Belts are a hassle, period–just wear a pair of pants that fit.
♥ Wear what makes you comfortable. If it’s a dress, wear a dress.
♥ Dress for the climate you’re going to. So unless you’re going somewhere cold, try to keep the layers and laces to a minimum. Tie that fluffy jacket to your carry-on ’til boarding.
♥ Pack your heels. You never know when you might have to run to catch your flight. Some boots are fashionable and comfortable, but make sure to stick to the kind you can zip on and off quickly.
I wore knee-high boots from Manila to New York via Seoul, which is a 20-hour flight with only one stop (it’s 4 hours from Manila to Seoul and around 15 hours from Seoul to NY), plus the layover time spent at the airports. Aside from the fact that the boots were a hassle to put on and off because of the length, they weren’t comfortable on the flight. I HAVE LEARNED.
♥ Let it Down with Dry Shampoo
I’m not fussy with how I style my hair (if I even style it at all!), so I usually just brush through it and leave. But on long flights or trips, hair can end up absorbing a lot of dirt and grease. So if you’d rather keep it down but are stuck on a 15-hour flight or road trip without the opportunity to shower, bring some Dry Shampoo with you.
Dry Shampoo is exactly what it says–it’s a shampoo that you don’t have to take a shower for. Just spritz it on and massage it through and voila, clean hair! You can go an extra day without washing your hair. It even gives your hair some volume and (depending on the brand/type) leaves your hair smelling nice. I discovered this last year when I was planning to dye my hair red and was looking for ways to prolong the color–I haven’t looked back since.
(You should be able to bring Dry Shampoo with you on a plane provided that it follows TSA regulations (non-flammable + less than 100 ml + enclosed in a ziploc when checking in), though it’s best to check again before flying. Another option is to buy the powdered kind for less hassle. Links: Batiste FAQ | TSA Section on Aerosol )
♥ Tie It Up in a Bun
Here’s four easy buns for Asian hair! Each bun takes less than two minutes to fix, with only a hairtie (and some bobby pins, depending on the style) required.
I, however, am lazy so I just did mine in 30 seconds. Gather all your hair up in a ponytail and twist it around, then secure with a hair tie. This is my hair after 40 minutes of walking, an hour and a half bus ride, and a 20 minute jeepney ride. My overgrown bangs fell out after that stressful commute.
Though for comparison’s sake, I tried out the first bun in the tutorial (the one where you twist your hair first before tying) and the results are practically the same. Photos below are taken some 30 minutes after bun was tied.
Keep your skin from becoming dry on board (and when switching climates) with a moisturizer. Bring a travel sized tube or transfer a dollop into a small, sealed container (like an eye contact case–these are the perfect no-spill containers since they’re made to hold saline solution).
♥ BB Cream
I love BB Creams since depending on your chosen formula/brand, you can get so much from just one tube. From moisturizing effects, to UV protection, to a foundation-like coverage–which means you’re runway to street ready in no time.
♥ Brown Pencil
A trusty brown pencil will be your next best friend. It can double as an eyebrow pencil and a lip pencil. For traveling, I’d prioritize the brows–your brows can literally change the way you look.
A bit of waterproof mascara will add an extra oomph that’ll amp up that glamorous look.
Choose a waterproof and smudge-proof mascara for your trip so you’re ready for rain, shine, sleep, or even tears if you catch a heart-wrenching in-flight movie. I’m currently loving the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara even if it’s not waterproof because IT IS AMAZING. It has beat my five-year favorite, Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour Volume On in terms of holding eyelash curls, longevity and amount of swipes needed for a glam eyelash look.
Mascaras always end up on the ‘save’ list of magazine lists though, and for a good reason. There are tons of drugstore mascaras that can do what high-end brands can, and some of them better. One go-to brand of many for mascaras is Maybelline. Try Maybelline Volum’Express Hypercurl (a former fave of mine; use only if you have strong lashes) or Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies for that thick lashed, wide-eyed look. Shop online and get all glammed up with Maybelline from Zalora!
The classic option that never fails: RED LIPSTICK. Even if you skip the BB Cream, the brows, the mascara, you can still get away with just swiping on some red lipstick. It’s my favorite (and I’m sure, the favorite of a ton of women out there) lazy-day instant-glam trick.
Out of my red lippie stash, I love NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes since the formula doesn’t dry my lips, lasts long, and matches my skin. For long flights (and in general), I use creamy or glossy formulas since my lips dry easily but that doesn’t mean you can’t go and use your fave matte red lipstick! Just remember to bring a lip balm with you in case the temperature makes your lips chapped.
Now you’re more than ready to look effortlessly classy and glam while traveling! Any more ticks and trips for keeping glam even through travel hassle? Share your tips or looks below!
All photos sans credit in this post are mine and were taken with the Samsung Galaxy S5.