Whether you’re dashing out of the office at the stroke of noon today or hopping a red-eye in the morning, chances are that a stellar hair and makeup situation isn’t your top priority amid last-minute packing strategies or traffic en route to the airport. But even when taking the relative anonymity of a flight into consideration, what seemed like fabulous bedhead and barely there makeup can suddenly feel as drab as a middle seat. Which is where our favorite frequent fliers come in: Turns out, it takes only a few simple upgrades to land looking like you just stepped off a private jet.
Consider Diane Kruger, who touched down in Venice this week with her air-dried curls elevated into a thing of paparazzi-ready beauty with the help of a boho hat and a swipe of nude lipstick, while Irina Shayk kept things minimal with pinned-back waves and rosy lips at JFK.
Kate Hudson pulled together an easy outfit of denim and a halter top, with her lips thoughtfully matched to her baby pink manicure. Lily Aldridge did her plunging gown justice with a silky blowout and an allover moisturized glow that not even a cruelly lit reflection in the airplane loo could call into question. But above it all was Kate Bosworth’s ingeniously simple strategy of slick knot, high-beam skin, and hibiscus-bright pout that should appeal to the perpetually time-pressed:
Who knew that your best travel look yet was only a few drops of beauty oil and a dab of saturated pigment away? Just in time for Labor Day weekend, here’s how to arrive ready for one last sunny escape—no stopover at the hotel required.