A Qantas flight attendant has revealed her top beauty tricks and flying advice after working for the Australian airline for 18 years.
Linda Walsh, 43, a mother from Sydney, works as a Business Class flight attendant in the Long Haul International division and says her number one tip for passengers is to always advise cabin crew of a special occasion.
‘If it’s your honeymoon, birthday or wedding anniversary, let us know. We will offer you a glass of champagne to create a wonderful experience for you,’ she told FEMAIL.
A Qantas flight attendant has revealed the secrets that will make your flight better – and what makeup she wears while working
Linda Walsh , 43, a mother from Sydney, works as a Business Class flight attendant in the Long Haul International division and knows how to fly like a seasoned traveller.
She also said fruit plates are available if you don’t feel like eating hot food and to advise staff if you need a bottle warmed ahead of time.
‘At Qantas we don’t have microwaves on board. If your baby bottle needs to be warmed we actually need a little advance notice,’ she said.
For those who are curious to know where cabin crew have their rest breaks, Linda said it depends on the aircraft.
Although we all know that you can preorder a special meal if you have dietary requirements, many don’t know they also offer a fruit plate meal instead of a hot meal choice
‘At Qantas we don’t have microwaves on board. If your baby bottle needs to be warmed we actually need a little advance notice,’ she said
Most of the time they’ll have their breaks in an economy seat but if they’re flying on a long range aircraft, like the 747, A380 or 787, then they have bunks.
When it comes to looking glamorous in the air, Linda has gathered a host of handy tricks to avoid dry skin and breakouts.
‘I recommend Weleda Calendula Face Cream, its helps prevent moisture loss, is quickly absorbed and is actually designed for babies’ complexions, so it’s very skin friendly, even for the ultra-sensitive,’ she said.
For those who are curious to know where cabin crew have their rest breaks, Linda said it depends on the aircraft but most of the time they’ll have their breaks in an economy seat
Flying can result in skin becoming dry, breaking out and not cooperating so to avoid all skin concerns Linda recommends using a rich hydrating cream in-flight and has shared other products she packs with her
What are her favourite products?
– Weleda Calendula Face Cream – $18.95
– Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum – $79
– Ere Perez Herbal Face Tonic – $32
– Black Chicken Remedies Hydrate My Face Toning Mist – $39.95
– Inika Organic Eyeliner – $29
– Inika Mascara – $49
– Inika Mineral Foundation – $59
– Benecos BB Face Cream – $17.99
– Eco Tan Super Fruit Citrus Cleanser – $29.95
– Eco by Sonya Super Fruit Hydrator – $39.95
– Eco by Sonya Glory Oil – $49.95
– Eco by Sonya Face Compost – $39.95
– Eco Tan Face Tan Water – $34.95
– Dr Organic Vitamin Oil – $20.70
– doTerra Yarrow Pom – $126.67
– Fractionated coconut oil – $22
‘I also love using Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum. A little goes a long way with this product. It provides deep hydration, is organic and absorbs quickly allowing the skin to breathe.
‘Spritz a face mist onto your face every two to three hours. I alternate between two products: Ere Perez Herbal Face Tonic and Black Chicken Remedies Hydrate My Face Toning Mist.’
When flying Linda uses a lot of organic, natural and vegan products in her skin care and makeup routine.
She said this is because they tend to be better for your skin and your health.
‘I recommend Weleda Calendula Face Cream, its helps prevent moisture loss, is quickly absorbed and is actually designed for babies’ complexion, so it’s very skin friendly, even for the ultra-sensitive,’ she said
Linda uses a variety of beauty products and said she regularly uses products from the Australian label Eco Tan
‘I use Inika Organic Eyeliner, Mascara and Mineral Foundation. I sometimes just use a BB cream instead of a foundation and one of my favourites is Benecos BB Face Cream, which I all buy through Nourished Life,’ Linda said.
‘I use Eco Tan Super Fruit Citrus Cleanser, Eco by Sonya Super Fruit Hydrator and the Eco by Sonya Glory Oil after a long-haul flight as a night cream.
‘Their Face Compost is amazing too. So is the Face Tan Water, which is non-comedogenic and won’t clog my pores.’
She will always apply either an organic vitamin E oil from Dr Organic or a jojoba oil as a base under her foundation.
The 43-year-old uses doTerra essential oils as part of her daily skin, health and wellness routine.
‘Yarrow Pom in particular by doTerra is a botanical duo of pomegranate oil and yarrow oil and it is amazing for your skin, especially for dark circles and bags under your eyes,’ she said.
‘I use this at night time diluted with fractionated coconut oil, which is a coconut oil that doesn’t turn into a solid.’