Beauty & Fashion

Beauty secrets of a flight attendant

Beauty secrets of a flight attendant

When you’re flying an average of 110 hours a month across the globe and your job requires you to look like you’ve stepped out the pages of a beauty magazine, then a disciplined beauty regimen is a girl’s best friend.

We popped in at the Africa Travel Indaba held in Durban recently and caught up with Durban lass, Jennifer Leigh Neil who has been flying with Emirates cabin crew for a little over four years.

A former Queensburgh Girls’ High learner, Jennifer says she always dreamed of being able to travel the world, experience new cultures, meet new people and explore faraway places.  Her wish was granted when, after working for a health magazine for a while, she gave it all up, packed her bags and joined Emirates.

Apart from being able to sustain a good mood in the face of tired and grumpy passengers, looking fresh with not a sign of smudged mascara,  shiny foundation or faded lipstick during the course of a long flight from one side of the world to another, is way up there on the priority list.

Jennifer is quick to dismiss any suggestion that magic is involved, it all comes down to using the right make up and following a beauty regimen that keeps the skin looking fresh and hydrated, even after a 20-plus hour flight.

“I don’t go anywhere without my Evian Facial Mist. It keeps my skin hydrated, especially as the air in the cabin is air conditioned and tends to dry the skin out.  I keep spraying the mist throughout the trip and find it keeps my skin toned and refreshed throughout the flight.

Another tried and trusted product that not only keeps her skin fresh and toned is her bottle of Rosewater. “Not only does it keep the pH levels of my skin balanced, but it is also an amazing toner and great for reducing puffiness.”

“I’m a great believer in using a good cosmetic skin care range. I love the Spa Solutions range. It’s a derma-cosmeceutical range that is aimed at repairing environmental damages to the skin.”

When it comes to make up, Jennifer uses products she has come to love from various cosmetic houses. “It’s  important to use good make up. I love the Mac foundation, its perfect for my skin and it looks fresh all the time. I also use a good finishing mist once my make-up is applied. It sets everything and also helps in keeping the skin hydrated.”

Hydration is key when you’re travelling and Jennifer says she also makes sure she drinks plenty of water throughout the flight. “I also try get as much rest as I can, even when on a flight!”

There is no such thing as a bad hair day when you’re working either, says Jennifer, patting the attractive bun on which her Emirates hat balances.  “There is nothing that hairspray can fix,” she says laughing.

When it comes to packing for a flight across the world, Jennifer says she has it down pat. “I can pack a bag in half an hour!  I’ve learnt to pack light for a day trip, but if we are heading for the Bahamas or Sydney, then I make sure to do some weather research and pack accordingly. We pack minimally, it’s a great excuse to go shopping when you reach your destination!”

She has a few favourite shopping spots across the world. “I usually shop for make up when I’m in the United States because it’s so much cheaper there, and then of course I have some wonderful delis across the globe where I like to do some grocery shopping,” she said.

When she’s not jetting off to exotic places, Jennifer is happy to relax at home in Dubai with her husband and seven-year-old son. “Dubai is home for now, although South Africa will always be where I belong and where I come back to. My parents still live in Queensburgh, so whenever I get a chance to work a South African flight I come home, or I fly them to Dubai for a month or so to spend time with us,” she said.



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