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Posted by Cocao Lux on 2nd Feb 2024

When traveling with makeup, it's essential to adhere to TSA guidelines to ensure a smooth airport experience. Here are some tips for TSA compliance while traveling with makeup:

1. Liquid Limits: Adhere to the 3-1-1 rule for carry-on bags. All liquids, gels, and aerosols must be in travel-sized containers (3.4 ounces or less) and placed in a single, clear, quart-sized zip-top bag. If your makeup product is packaged in amounts of 3.4 ounces or less, then it is already safe for air travel and does not need to be transferred to a smaller container.

What makeup is considered liquid vs solid?

Solid makeup typically includes products such as pressed powders (like blush or eyeshadow), lipstick, solid perfume, and wax-based products (like some foundations). These items are not subject to the same TSA liquid restrictions as they are not in liquid or gel form. On the other hand, liquid makeup includes items such as foundation, mascara, liquid eyeliner, and liquid or cream concealers. These are subject to the TSA's 3-1-1 rule and must be packed accordingly when traveling.

2. Pack Smart: Place liquid makeup items such as foundation, concealer, and mascara in the zip-top bag for easy access during security screening. Keep liquid makeup items separate from solid ones to facilitate a stress-free security screening process.

3. Consider Checking your Solid Makeup: Solid makeup items like pressed powders, lipstick, and solid perfume do not fall under the liquid restrictions and can be packed in your carry-on. Consider only packing essential solid makeup items in your carry-on to free up space.

4. Check for Restrictions: Review TSA guidelines for any specific restrictions on makeup or toiletry items, especially if you're unsure about a particular product. Making sure all your questions are answered before you travel can save you a lot of stress and money.

5. Consider Wipes or Pads: Opt for makeup remover wipes or pads instead of liquid makeup remover to avoid liquid restrictions. If your preference is to use liquid makeup remover that is okay, just make sure to transfer it to a travel size container to ensure compliance.

6. Secure Your Containers: Ensure all makeup containers are tightly sealed to prevent leakage. There is not much worse than dealing with a spill while traveling, spare yourself the cleanup time by making sure your makeup containers are secure and that there are no chipped or broken containers that may leak during transit.

7. Protect Fragile Items: Doubly important, pad and protect fragile makeup items to prevent breakage during travel and consider packing them in zip lock bags just in case.

8. Pack Strategically: Place your makeup bag or pouch in an easily accessible part of your carry-on for quick removal during security checks.

9. Purchase a makeup travel bag: Purchase a separate travel bag for makeup, so your makeup is easily accessible in your carry-on. Consider our new Cocao Lux makeup bag collection, designed with TSA compliance in mind. Our collection features travel-friendly compartments and sizes, ensuring your makeup essentials are organized and easily accessible during security checks. Travel confidently with our stylish and practical makeup bags, providing both convenience and compliance.

10. Know Your Rights: Familiarize yourself with your rights if TSA officers need to inspect your makeup bag and be prepared to remove it from your carry-on for inspection.

Following these tips will help ensure that your makeup is TSA-compliant, making the security process smoother and allowing you to travel with your favorite beauty essentials stress-free.

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