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Whether you’re riding high in first class or crammed into the middle seat in row 27 (ugh), you can still turn your flight into a mid-air spa. Once the cabin lights are dimmed, assume the reclined position and slip on one of these collagen sheet masks, which are soaked in colloidal gold (yes, Cleopatra, real gold) and melt into your visage to seriously brighten your complexion. A single-use facial is mess-free (aka no rinsing or scrubbing required) and only takes 20 minutes, so you can get in a moisturizing stint even before the flight attendants make their first round.
Passport To Beauty Gold Radiance Facial Mask ($65)
Your face is glowing gorgeously but the rest of your skin is parched. A TSA-approved serum is the answer. Look for one loaded with vitamin C (every dermatologist’s favorite anti-aging ingredient) like Youth Corridor’s Boost Serum. Don’t be shy about really slathering it on your neck, hands, cuticles and even the ends of your hair. You’ll be glad you didn’t have to pack 14 different products.
Youth Corridor Ultimate Antioxidant C Boost Serum ($195)
So your red eye got you to Berlin in one piece (rejoice). But you didn't sleep a wink. You can still deplane like an off-duty model if you cover up with a pair of chic shades. This pair from Cartier gives off a cool retro vibe with its cat-eye shape, while burgundy and gold finishes feel glamorous. Best of all is the oversized silhouette, which conceals all signs of jetlag. Slip them on and find an espresso, stat.
Trinity de Cartier sunglasses ($960)
Many airport members’ lounges are actually available to anyone for a one-time fee. Before you commit, download the LoungeBuddy app, which gives you everything you need to know about the different clubs, including reviews, amenities, hours and photos. Enter your flight number and credit card (check your card’s travel rewards program; many offer complimentary or discounted day passes) to determine which lounges you can access and instantly book entry. You’ll be sitting pretty, with a gratis cocktail and Wi-Fi that actually works, in no time.
Stale airline coffee that won’t even be served for another 45 minutes? Puh-lease. Pack your own bag of ground java or loose-leaf tea and pick up an all-in-one French press travel mug. Ask a flight attendant for hot water, then be prepared for looks of envy as the scent of fresh single-origin Kona brews before you.
Bodum travel press ($30)
That screaming toddler in row 9, your snoring seatmate and the endless whir of jet engines. Noise pollution is real, and it’s disturbing your ability to find your much-needed pre-arrival chill. Banish the cacophony with your favorite playlist and a set of stylish headphones (this rose gold and white set from Frends collapses to fit in a clutch).
Frends headphones ($200)
Ready, set, smize: Your most gorgeous selfie can now be turned into your passport photo (hey, even government-issued documents should be chic). The ItsEasy app makes it possible to snap as many photos as you need on your own phone, pick the prettiest, then have it printed and shipped straight to you. No duckface, please.
Mandatory shoe removal, flight delays, sharing an armrest with a stranger and security lines that go on forever. Traveling is hard. But looking good while doing it? That shouldn’t be on your list of grievances.
No matter if you’re bound for Cannes or Chicago, airport style should be a total breeze. But what separates the truly chic jet-setter from the rest? Here are eight insider essentials you’ll want to take with you. Because even Terminal 3 at O’Hare can be a catwalk.
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