Monday, August 25, 2014

The secret to looking good at 30,000 feet

By Kelly O'Brien

Have you ever wondered how Cabin Crew keep themselves looking so immaculate? So fresh, so put together... ready for anything?
I don't know about you, but I certainly have. Which is why I went to watch a beauty demonstration at the Emirates Red Hat Selfie day.
I'm surely not the first person to roll out of bed at 5am for an early morning flight, showing up at the airport tired and dishevelled, makeupless and barely dressed... and I probably won't be the last.
So how exactly do the Cabin Crew do it? With constantly changing schedules and long haul flights to contend with, how do they always manage to look so pristine?
It's all down to a detailed beauty regime, according to expert Sibille B. Juen, who flew in from Dubai last week to share some trade secrets. 

All Cabin Crew at Emirates receive special training on how to maintain 'the look' during long flights. This starts with skin care products and ends with a very specific makeup routine:
- Use foundation that's as close to the natural skin colour as possible
- Don't use lip gloss over lipstick as as the colour wears off quicker
- Be careful of bronzer as it can make skin appear tired, especially in aircraft lighting
- Try to stay away from waterproof mascara as it dries out the lashes when used over long periods or for long hours at a time
- Do not draw lip pencil outside the lip line
- Use eye-liner on the top lid to make eyes appear bigger and brighter
- Use a concealer with light reflectors to combat dark circles
- Drink as much water as possible on board to maintain energy levels and keep a healthy glow
Good advice all round, 30,000 feet or not! Though Sibille stresses this regime for Cabin Crew, she doesn't advise customers to do the same.
Here are Sibille's top tips for how you can look fresh on a flight:
- Avoid heavy make-up
- If you can't do without make-up entirely, try a light concealer or tinted moisturiser
- Regularly reapply lip balm during the flight, and use body lotion every so often if you can
- Before landing, freshen up with cleanser, moisturiser and eye gel
- Drink water throughout the flight
Apart from these readily devoured nuggets of information, I was also privileged to learn a few high-flying secrets.
Did you know, for example, that Cabin Crew have extended rest periods on long haul flights during which they remove all their make-up, apply a vitamin c mask, and then reapply?
They also secretly reapply their powder, blusher and lipstick during a flight, very discreetly of course!
Personally, I was amazed to learn how much preparation the Cabin Crew go through and how many rules they follow with regards to their uniform, hair and make-up. Even their hats have to be worn a certain way... which, I might add, I was lucky enough to find out first hand! But at the end of the day, all that effort really is worth it. When it works, it works. 


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