You don’t have to work for an airline to rock the cabin crew look!


Why is it that when we’re getting off an airplane, we look about ten times worse than we did when we got on it, but the cabin crew still look the same?

We decided that if they can manage to maintain their look throughout a four hour flight, then we need to find out what they’re doing so that we can apply it to our everyday routine. So, we caught up with Suzanne Donaghy, a member of cabin crew, to ask her how on earth they do it.

“I tend to use MAC products,” Suzanne explains, “such as the studio fix foundation and their bronzing powder. I like to go a shade darker than my normal foundation tone so that the uniform and the cabin lights doesn't make you look washed out”.

Ah, so that’s why we instantly feel ten times pastier than usual as soon as we step on the plane. And there we were thinking it was just the fear of being the palest person on the beach kicking in early!

Suzanne also says that eye make-up is a really important part of the cabin crew look: “I love the first Naked eye shadow pallet by Urban Decay because of the variety of shades that you can mix and match.”

Before you get down to doing that though, you need to look after the base. Suzanne explains: “A good base primer such as Smashbox or Two Faced helps to keep my make-up in place while flying long hours. It also helps my foundation to glide on and look even.”

The next piece of advice Suzanne offers may put an end to your airport bevvies, as she says the key to looking good is to keep hydrated: “Water is essential for the role of cabin crew. You would be surprised with how dehydrated you get from working up in the sky. I also use Nuxe Oil for my body, face and hair. It rehydrates the skin and also smells delicious…like summer holidays!”

Last but not least – the lips. We love a bit of colour on our lips, but sometimes wonder why we bother when it disappears within an hour. However, Suzanne says the lipstick she uses is pretty stubborn – in a good way: “Maybelline 12hr stay is great for keeping that fresh look colour on my lips. It's stubborn to get off and the end of the working day, but does a fantastic job with minimal application.”

Sounds good to us!