Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam

How to not look busted after an overnight flight

I want to look rested with fresh skin every day, not just after an overnight flight. But when you’re catching an evening flight and landing the next morning, the drive to be your normal gorgeous self is amplified. I blame the airport papz shots, #airplaneselfies or the fact that I just don’t want to waste a single day away (no napping on the first day for me). I want to start a holiday or work trip on a good note and feeling good about myself.

On a recent flight to Porto, Portugal, with a brief layover in Munich, Germany, with Anita to learn about their lingerie, sports bras, swimwear and prosthetics, I was up at 2 a.m. (Toronto time) with my Ziploc makeup bag on my tray table. I had five star beauty products that made me feel like myself again, not someone who’d been breathing recycled air, whose skin broke out and who slept in a cramped seat. True story.

Dior One Essential Eye Serum


You may already know my love for French brands, and this eye serum is no different. In addition to the gorgeous packaging, this really works. Instantly it depuffs the tired from underneath my eyes.

Guerlain KissKiss Lip Lift


I love this lippy. Although it is actually a lip primer, I use this much like a lip balm. It instantly smooths lips and prevents cracking. That last one is important, especially with how dry my skin gets on the plane.

Marc Anthony Shea Butter & Marula Oil Deep Moisture Hand Cream


My cuticle nippers are my life. I have a pair in my purse, at my desk and in my sidetable at home. The only place I can’t have them is in my carry-on (no sharp objects, remember?). So the next best thing is a heavy hand cream to keep my hands hydrated to avoid hangnails.

Pur Correcting Primer


This is likely the most important product of my over-night program. Any dark circles, blemishes or wrinkles from dehydration and fatigue are instantly hidden with the reflective properties of this primer. It makes me feel like I look younger and fresher.

L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Waterproof Mascara


I do my best to sleep on the plane. I really do. I’m the girl with the neck pillow, ear plugs and eye mask. So waterproof mascara is a must. I was a bit taken aback by the brush on this one, but it’s like a comb and a brush – a two-in-one. It lasted all night, and I used it again in the morning for a bit of lash definition.


My last resort: Pull a celebrity hack. When you’re leaving the airport, put on your largest sunglasses and hold your head down as you exit. If they can do it and still look good, so can you.



PÜR Colour Correcting Primer - Dark Spot Corrector


PÜR Colour Correcting Primer - Dark Spot Corrector