In a few hours I’ll be leaving New York City and heading out on the road for a three-week Scandinavia tour with the inimitable Tori Amos. I’ve been invited as her personal makeup artist, which means long days, late nights, and lots of flights. I’m determined not to let it get the best of my easily irritated skin. Luckily, I’ve been through this before and have developed an incredibly detailed and highly effective travel routine. Now, you should know that I never board a plane without wearing mascara, filling in my eyebrows (they’re nonexistent otherwise), and concealing any choice blemishes (because, let’s be honest, I might be 30,000 feet in the air, but I’d still like to look a little cute if I can).


Today, however, it’s my clear carry-on baggie full of liquids under 3.4 ounces that I want to focus on. After logging thousands of hours in the air, here’s what I’ve found works best for me.

Water, Water, Water
Flying is so dehydrating, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I usually haul at least three, if not four, liters of water on board (hence my preference for an aisle seat).

Hand Sanitizer
I’m a bit of a germaphobe, so practically before I even sit down on a plane, I whip out hand sanitizer. As a makeup artist, it’s a must before my fingers go anywhere near my face (or anyone else’s!). Both Jao and Dr. Bronner’s contain naturally derived ethyl-alcohol bases blended with essential oils, so they smell delicious and won’t dry out your skin or leave a sticky residue.

Skin Care
I love, love, love Dr. Alkaitis skin care, and luckily all my favorite products come in a handy travel-size kit! The products are also ethically harvested, 100-percent organic, vegan, and raw, so you know you’re feeding your skin with the best possible ingredients. The brand’s Organic Soothing Gel is great for stressed skin because it has a soothing aloe vera gel base. I massage it into my face and then pat on the Eye Creme, which is one of the best I’ve tried in ages. A little of this goes a long way, but the creme totally soaks in, leaving the delicate eye area nourished and not at all greasy.


Depending on how dehydrated my skin is or how long a flight I have ahead of me, I’ll either use the Day Creme on its own or mix in a pump of the Nourishing Treatment Oil for deeper conditioning. The oil can also be used on the body and in your hair. I finish this part off with a mist of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It tones, hydrates, and smells wonderfully herbaceous. It’s an instant pick-me-up that I carry with me everywhere.

Hand Cream and Aromatherapy
After taking care of my face, I move on to my hands (which often get neglected). Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Hand Cream is a staple in my handbag. It’s not heavy, and it miraculously disappears instantly into your skin, meaning you can use your hands right after applying it. Sometimes I’ll also use the original Eight Hour Cream as a nourishing cuticle treatment.


This next step is my favorite part of my in-flight regime: I always apply a Neal’s Yard Remedies to Roll oil on the inside of my wrists. The rollerballs are filled with organic essential oils that are blended to provide aromatherapy relief; I love the warmth of rosemary and grapefruit in Energy for uplifting a sluggish mood, and the soothing lavender and frankincense in the Travel remedy instantly prompts relaxation. No Tylenol P.M. for me!


Eye and Lip Care
This last step is inspired by ’90s reference: Remember Natalie Imbruglia circa 1997 and her uber hit “Torn”? She appeared in that video sporting a colorless sheen on her eyelids instead of eyeshadow and sparked a major trend that’s still very wearable. With that in mind, sometimes I dab a touch of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream on my eyelids for a glossy texture; it adds brightness, emphasizes eye color, and gives off just a hint of glamour. This ointment is super versatile and also acts as my lip balm.

I know all this may seem like a lot, but honestly, it takes me five minutes, and I always feel better after I do it. Stay tuned for my next installment from London.