Long Haul Flight Rituals

We did a few makeovers on the plane (only joking)

We did a few makeovers on the plane (only joking)

We have just survived another long haul flight – this time from London to Mumbai. After fifteen years of continent hopping we have our flight routines down pat. Here’s how we roll.

Susannah says: “I arrive at the airport with hand luggage only. Trinny has three giant suitcases to go in the hold. As soon as I’m on the plane I clean my face in loo whilst other people are still boarding. Then I apply some Norwegian organic snail slime face cream and a squirt of rosehip oil. Wax earplugs IN. Eye mask ON. Good night!”

Trinny says: “I arrive with ONE suitcase – half of it is filled with work stuff that Susannah has forgotten to bring. Before I fly I drink a litre of water with some added liquid chlorophyll, which tastes of nothing but hydrates your body. I always carry a rose spray that I use to remove excess dirt from my face. Next I apply rescue mask by Cosmedix that works as a strong barrier against dehydration, and a balm for my lips. I then put some drops of Rescue Remedy Night under my tongue, put on my face mask and sleep.”

Tell us about your in-flight beauty routine.


  • Reply July 31, 2013


    Arrive with hand luggage and kindle sear read and sleep

  • Reply August 25, 2013


    I always carry lip balm,eye contour gel,mp3,comb.

    • Reply August 28, 2013

      Trinny and Susannah

      That works. Keep it simple! We would always add a hydrating spray. Rosewater or even Evian are great. x

  • Reply August 28, 2013


    Disinfection tissues, Pringles chips, gum or mints, iPod and Fashion magazines. And I don’t drink to much, because I cannot pee on the plane, so I would only feel hugely uncomfortable otherwise.

  • Reply October 19, 2013


    Unfortunately I can’t sleep on a flight so I bring lots of things to do- iPod, Kindle, crosswords, and magazines. I also play games on the built-in devices. Other than that I annoy those around me by trying to talk to them. ha ha

  • Reply February 3, 2014


    Is that aisle pic a real one? I can’t believe people would be so disgusting and attendants so lax!

    • Reply February 3, 2014

      Trinny and Susannah

      It is a news photo of the interior of a plane after going through severe turbulence. x

  • Reply March 12, 2014


    I always use Saline Nasal Spray. Keeping your sinuses hydrated prevents that headache you get from poorly circulated air.

    • Reply March 12, 2014

      Trinny and Susannah

      Top tip Bridget. We particularly love the Sterimar isotonic spray. It creates a very fine mist so does not leave you with a dripping nose!

  • Reply March 14, 2014

    maria eugenia

    I really don´t travel a lot right now, but i use :perfum, hands cream, some soft cream for the face and a comb…and of course, a lot of patience.
    I am, very happy of having you both, i was missing you girls! i´m from Argentina, and me and my mom, we never missed your show.
    Sorry my english,sorry for my English, I do not practice long ago. kisses!!

  • Reply March 19, 2014


    Nasal spray sounds like a great idea.Thanks Bridget! Something to add to my repertoire, which is…
    Cleanse (Eve Lom or Liz Earle one that you remove with water and muslin)
    An unusually generous smear of Aesop Fabulous Face Oil (“three drops”? I think not, Aesop!)
    A slick of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream lipstick-style balm
    Hand cream (Occitaine/Clinique/Eve Lom/any small tube I can find in my stash at home).

    During the flight I regularly apply hand cream, lip balm and eyedrops and one more slather of face oil, and drink water and tomato juice. I might prod the airline meal with a fork.

    *eyedrops note* Those dinky little tubes of super-hygienic 2ml eyedrops that I thought would be sooo practical are completely useless on a flight. The cabin pressure causes them to squirt out when you open them. So now I stick to a bottle of eyedrops.

    To entertain myself: foamy ear plugs IN, snuggly pashmina ON and paper books/fash mags OUT. *nestle, rustle*

    If I really want to sleep (flying east) I don’t bother with an eye mask – I just fling my pashmina over my head so that the light is blocked and I get less swirling air-conditioned air drying out my face. Yes, I look a fool. No, I don’t care!

  • Reply April 25, 2014


    I always take a pashmina and put it over my head in an attempt to get a bit of sleep and it also keeps me warm.

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