So your bags are sturdy and your clothing is neatly rolled away inside. Ready to arrive at your destination looking refreshed rather than road worn? We'll let you in on a few tips that will keep you looking like a million bucks instead of a buck-fifty.
First, let's talk hair. If you have short hair, styling is probably a fairly simple process. If you have shoulder-length or longer hair, it may be a whole other story. There's just something about heading from one destination to the next that seems to encourage static flyaways or lifeless strands. Fight back by styling your hair as you travel.
Make a high ponytail on the crown of your head and secure it with an elastic band. Gently twist the ponytail into a bun, securing it with a few bobby pins. This process works well with damp, not wet, hair, so no need to spend valuable pre-travel prep time blow-drying your hair. While you travel, keep your hair in this sleek, neat bun. Before you arrive at your destination, take your hair down and tousle it with your fingertips. Voila! Casual waves with plenty of body [source: Sandoval].
To create the appearance of dewy skin, apply a dab of facial moisturizer. Use blotting papers -- highly absorbent small sheets used to soak up facial oils -- to reduce the shine of oily skin. Touch up your makeup by keeping a kit with travel-size containers handy, including a combination lip/cheek color in a rosy shade that will lend a healthy-looking glow to your skin [source: Bouchez].
Along with a clean change of clothes (you never know when a stain will strike), keep an emergency sewing kit close. You may only need it once, but the one time you do, you'll really, really need it. You can buy these ready-made or make your own: You'll need a needle, neutral thread, buttons and safety pins in several sizes. Pop everything into an empty throat lozenge tin and you're good to go [source: Centeno].
Author's Note: Travel Fashion: How to Look Good on the Go
I love to travel, but I am not an exemplary airplane passenger. Don't get me wrong: I'm not afraid of air travel; I'm just easily bored. I can read through a stack of magazines at the speed of an Olympic sprinter and wrap-up the various and sundry "travel projects" packed in my carry-on long before the plane lands. Oh, for an acting troupe that could travel the aisles to entertain weary passengers. "More singing! More dancing!" is the refrain that comes to mind.
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