Can you bring makeup on a plane? When you are headed on vacation and want to look your best you need to know that rules about what makeup and toiletries can be brought in your carry-on luggage. With airlines charging passengers for stowed luggage, many people are opting to bring a carry-on bag only. But with limited space in your small bags and increased restrictions on the kind of liquids you are allowed to bring on board, figuring out what beauty products are allowed can be confusing. Read on to learn if you can bring makeup on a plane and how to pack your favorite beauty supplies.
Can I bring make up on a plane?
In my everyday life I don’t wear much make up. Since I had my daughter and started working from home as a full time blogger I don’t feel the need to get made up very often or really do much with my appearance besides brush my teeth, hair and add a quick spritz of dry shampoo in my hair before I head out the door.
When I’m on my vacation and I’m taking tons of family pictures or selfies in exotic locations I tend to put a little more effort into my appearance.
I like to use just enough makeup to hide the dark, jet lagged dark circles under my eyes and look decent enough that I won’t recoil in horror when I look back at my vacation photos down the road.
What types of makeup are allowed on a plane?
Figuring out exactly what you are allowed to bring in your carry-on luggage is confusing enough, and trying to navigate what types of makeup you can bring on a plane is a task that is confusing for many people. What are the rules about the different types of makeup and beauty supplies?
TSA limits the amount of liquids that can be brought onto the plane in your carry-on with its 3-1-1 rule. This includes cosmetics in liquid form such as eyeliner, nail polish, foundation and moisturizers. It also includes perfume.
What is the 3 1 1 flight rule?
Each passenger may carry liquids, gels and aerosols in travel-size containers that are 3.4 ounces or100 milliliters. Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols.
Makeup is subject to the same liquid and gel rules as all other substances so if you’re bringing mascara, lip gloss, or other liquid- or gel-like items, they will need to be placed in your quart-size plastic bag in 3.4-ounce containers.
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Yes, but you don’t have to transfer it into a separate container, obviously. Just make sure you pack it with the rest of your cosmetics in a clear 1 quart bag.
Yep. Liquids include toiletries such as shampoo, after-shave, hand or body lotion, mouthwash and liquid makeup. Toiletries often found in gel form include toothpaste, stick deodorant and lip balm or lipstick.
Standard stick deodorant is fine to bring on a plane in either your checked or carry-on bag. Gel or spray deodorant is subject to the liquid/gel restrictions and may not be carried on in excess of 3.4 ounces. For the sake of your fellow travelers I recommend that you remember to use deodorant before you get on flight and be generous with your application.
For travelers flying into the U.S., powdered substances like makeup, protein shake mixes, or baby powder will need to be packed in containers smaller than 12 ounces (350 mL), or about the size of a soda can. Powders in carry-on bags are also subject to a secondary search by the TSA, and containers may be opened.
Mirrors are not mentioned specifically but in general most sharp items are not allowed. A small mirror in your makeup bag or compact should be fine.
Wet wipes are also welcome in hand luggage in the USA. You may store the wipes in your hand luggage outside the bag for liquids and they are not considered liquids.
Nail polish is under the liquid limit of 3.4 ounces or 100 millilitres, and can be stored in your 1 quart liquids bag. But please for the sake of everyone else on your plane do not do your nails during your flight.
The main ingredient in nail polish remover used to be (And may well still be) acetone, which is highly flammable. You can carry a small bottle (3.4 ounces) but it will be taken away if you open it and use it. Once again, please don’t be that guy.
Go ahead and tuck your manicure kit in your carry-on. Nail clippers and manicure are okay to bring onboard. Manicure scissors must have less than a 4-inch blade as measured from the fulcrum.
Tweezers are permitted, as are electric razors, disposable razors, and their cartridges. Straight razors are only permitted in checked baggage. Scissors are allowed on a plane in your carry-on bag as long as the blades do not exceed four inches; otherwise, they should go in your checked bag.
The bottom line is that yes, you can take almost all makeup and beauty products with you on a plane but you need to be prepared and transfer some of those products into smaller sized travel bottles to make sure that it will all fit into your 1 quart bag.
Everything that you bring onto a plane is subject to inspection and confiscation so beware before you pack that even if you are following all the rules (or think you are) some of your things could still be confiscated.
For this reason I usually opt to leave my expensive beauty products at home and only travel with items that I won’t be too sad if they get lost, stolen or taken away by security.
What are your travel makeup must haves? How do you prepare you carry on bags for travel?
Let me know in the comments!