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The simple secret to beautifying on a plane

Splitting time between Europe and NY I get to see beauty on both sides of the Atlantic! I write about it on my blog theformulablog.com and for The Wall Street Journal!

Traveling in the summer can be hectic, especially when I'm flying in to New York to see my friends. After living in New York City for 12 years, I now split my time between Manhattan and Europe.

When I'm back in the Big Apple it's go, go, go, a constant mix of work and catching up with my friends. I often step off the plane and head directly to meet my friends for a long dinner at Gemma or Indochine. On these occasions, I do my eye makeup prior to boarding and always pack a half a dozen Q-tips™ cotton swabs for in-flight touch ups.

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About 30 minutes before the flight touches down, I dip a cotton swab in a bottle of water and twist the cotton tip to a thin point. This makes it easier to clean up the hard-to-reach places, and the devil is in the details. I make sure to clean up the corners of my eyes, and under my bottom lash line in case any mascara has dropped or smudged on the flight. Then I take the dry end and gently pat my under eye area.

It's important to check the status of your eyeshadow, especially if you took an in-flight snooze. I often need to lighten the shadow before boarding by softly patting the tip of a dry cotton swab along my lid for perfection.

How do you touch up your makeup before a big landing? Share your own techniques in the comments below.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Q-tips and SheKnows.

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