Before joining Emirates, I was always fascinated at how flight attendant’s do their makeup and manage to still look beautiful after a long flight, so when I got the job, I was excited to learn ways to apply my makeup and all of the tricks.
Now, after nearly two years flying, I think I have finally mastered how to make myself look presentable, whilst at the same time ensuring my makeup stays on the whole flight and still looks good after. Here are some of my favourite work looks…
Below is the list of makeup and makeup colours that we are required to wear at all times when in uniform:
Foundation – to match the skin tone
Concealer (optional) – to match the skin tone
Powder – to match the skin tone
Blusher – to compliment the skin tone
Eyeshadow/and or eyeliner: Eyeshadow colours: brown and/or cream tones. Eyeliner colours: black or brown
Mascara – black or brown (false eyelashes/extensions are not permitted)
Eyebrows – shaped, defined and complementing your hair colour
Lipstick and lipliner – red (to match the red hat/red piping)
Instead of using foundation, I now use a CC/BB creams. I actually have one of each both from the brand La Roche-Posay. They are both pretty much the same – the only difference is one is a mousse and one is a cream. I tend to use the cream on longer flights as it is more hydrating and the mousse on shorter flights. Both are tinted and have spf which is great. I used to wear foundation, however, it was too heavy on my skin and would dry me out so I switched to these and have noticed such a difference.
To conceal, I use the Tarte ‘Shape Tape’ in the shade Fair Beige and if I have any spots or red areas, I will use the green concealer from the L’Oreal ‘Infaillible Total Cover’ pallet which is great. The BB and CC creams normally cover up any red areas so I only need a little bit of concealer over the top. I use a beauty blender from Primark to apply the concealer.
I have the used the Kat Von D ‘Lock-It’ powder in the shade Translucent for years and I absolutely swear by it. It holds all my make up in place, and gives my face a matte look. Although my skin is dry, I get quite an oily t-zone, so I mainly apply this on those areas and I don’t get shiny at all. I use the Zoeva 107 Powder Polish brush to apply it.
After powdering my face, I use a little bit of contour under my cheek bones. I use the Fenty Beauty ‘Match Stix’ in the shade Mocha and I apply it with a Real Techniques ‘Expert Face’ brush. I am definitely not an expert with contouring, so I go pretty light with this.
Over the top of the contour, I apply some bronzer. I use the Too Faced ‘Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer’ and just a regular ‘Kabuki’ brush to apply it. I use this mainly on my cheeks as well as my forehead and neck.
I love wearing blusher – the pinker the better! I use this one from Boots No 7 in the shade Damson Mist and I apply it with a Zoeva 128 Cream Cheek brush.
The last part of my face make up is highlight. I love wearing a little bit of highlight just above my cheek bones and down the middle of my nose. I use the Fenty Beauty ‘Killawatt Foil’ highlighter in the shade Sand Castle and I apply it with the Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight brush. The Fenty Beauty highlighter can be really blinding, so I only use a tiny bit as a little bit goes a long way.
Next up is my eyebrows, and by far the most important part! I used to always get my eyebrows threaded and tinted (roughly every 3 weeks) and I loved them really dark. However recently I’ve started to prefer the more natural look and I tend to do them myself. I always pluck and trim them before doing my make up. I then use the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wiz’ in the shade Ebony and then I brush them up with the Benefit ‘Gimme Brow’ in number 3.
I love experimenting with different eyeshadow, but for work, I keep it very neutral and I only use the warm orange and brown shades. I normally wear eyeshadow OR eyeliner – not both. I wear eyeshadow on longer flights as I find that it lasts better and doesn’t need touching up. I use this amazing Pineapple pallet from Tarte and my favourite shades to use are ‘Starfruit’, ‘Beach Read’ and ‘Summer Share’. I apply the eyeshadow with a Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease brush and a Superdrug Eye Shadow Blending brush.
On shorter flights (where there is not a crew rest break) I will wear winged eyeliner. I love the Seventeen ‘High Drama Intense Liquid Eyeliner’ in the shade Blackest Black. I bought the Huda Beauty ‘Life Liner’ in Extreme Black but I was really disappointed with the liquid liner side. It comes with a pencil liner and a liquid liner – I found the liquid liner really thick and gloopy and it is impossible to remove – so if you make a mistake, it is not coming off! Instead, I use the pencil liner on my waterline which is good. The only thing with eyeliner is that it smudges so I never wear it on long flights as it can be a hot mess if I sleep in it!
The last part of my eye make up is mascara. I have been using the Sephora ‘Outrageous Curl’ in Ultra Black ever since I moved to Dubai, and it is seriously the best mascara ever! I get so many compliments on my lashes and always tell people about this mascara. The only problem is, it can leave little black marks if I use it for my lower lashes, so I use an old, dried out mascara for those. I use the L’Oreal ‘Volume Million Lashes So Couture’ mascara on my bottom lashes.
LIP LINER & LIPSTICK
Last but not least is the iconic red lip! Firstly, I line my lips with MAC ‘Ruby Woo’ or ‘Brick’ – sometimes I mix them together, or I’ll just use whatever one I can find first. On top of that, I put ‘Ruby Woo Retro Matte’. I have been using MAC lipliners and lipstick now for nearly 2 years (ever since I joined) and they are faultless. They stay on for hours without having to reapply and they don’t transfer or smudge. They can be a little bit dry at times, but I fix that easily by putting some lip balm over the top.
To finish off the look, I spray the Urban Decay ‘All Nighter’ setting spray over my entire face. I have no idea if this stuff actually works, but I use it all the time to lock everything in place. My make up stays on really well and doesn’t really move throughout the day.
If anyone recommends any other long-lasting makeup products to try or has any tips, please comment below as I would love to try them out.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I have lots more post ideas coming!
Thanks for reading.
Kerry May xo