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Can You Bring Makeup on a Plane? (According to TSA and FAA)

set of makeup

After the TSA changed the rules for items allowed on airplanes, some of the most common questions from passengers have to do with personal-care items, like makeup.

In fact, one of the top five questions people ask the TSA is, “Can you bring makeup on a plane?”

Luckily our team has several travelers who are experts in this topic, and I consulted with them about their experiences bringing makeup items along on their travels.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the TSA makeup rules and how they will affect packing for your next trip.  

Can You Take Makeup On A Plane?2023 TSA Makeup Rules

preparing makeup for plane

Yes. You can take your makeup with you on a plane, but you must follow some specific TSA rules that affect how and where you pack it. 

Makeup in a solid or powder form is allowed in carry-on and checked bags with no quantity or size limitations.

However, the TSA liquids makeup rule states that if your makeup is a liquid, lotion, gel, paste, or cream, you can pack it in your checked baggage without size or quantity restrictions.

For carry-on luggage, it must meet specific size and quantity restrictions.

These types of makeup must be in 3.4 ounces or fewer containers, and all travel-sized liquids bags must fit into a single quart-sized, clear ziplock bag. 

Can You Bring Powder Makeup on a Plane?

Although there is no liquid makeup, there is a new powder regulation from The TSA. The powder rules from the TSA require further testing of any powder containing more than 250ml.

Powders can continue to be screened and a TSA report says no one can remove them from bags unless the weight is over 12 grams (250ml).

Can You Bring Eyeshadow Palettes On a Plane? 

Eyeshadow Palettes

Yes, you can carry eyeshadow palettes on a plane. If the palettes are powdered eyeshadow, they do not need to be part of your makeup in a clear bag.

You can simply put them in your carry-on.

If the eyeshadows in the palette are a creamy texture, you would need to treat them as any other cream-type makeup and either place it in your checked baggage or make sure that it adheres to the 3.4-ounce rule and put it in the ziplock bag with your other liquids. 

Can You Put Makeup In a Carry On Bag?

Yes, you can put makeup in your carry-on bag. The TSA does not restrict the size or quantity of makeup in a carry-on if it is solid or powered makeup.

Makeup that is not a solid or powder is classified as a liquid. This type of makeup must be in containers 3.4-ounces or less and included with all your other liquids in a single, quart-sized ziplock bag.  

The only rule for powered makeup in your carry-on is that if it is greater than 12 oz (350 mL), you must take it out of your carry-on bag and put it in a separate plastic bin for security screening.

These containers may be subject to additional screening, and the TSA agent may have to open the containers to verify the substance.

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How To Pack Makeup For A Flight

preparing makeup for flight

If you are taking makeup on the plane and will be checking your bags and bringing a carry-on, you should pack most of your makeup in your checked baggage and bring only your essentials with you in the carry-on.

This strategy proves especially true if you use a lot of liquid or lotion makeup.

Make sure you protect any glass bottles or delicate makeup palettes by wrapping them or placing them between thick clothing in your baggage so they will not break during transit.

You may also want to place them in a plastic bag or zippered makeup pouch so that if they do break, they do not leak all over your luggage.   

Understandably, you will want to have some of your makeup with you on the plane and when you land.

A good practice is to buy travel-sized versions of your favorites that adhere to the 3.4-ounce rule and can fit with your other liquids in your quart ziplock bag.

You could also switch to powered or solid formulas for your carry-on to make going through security a bit easier. You can even take these types of makeup on the plane in your purse.

Remember that the TSA agent always has the final say on what is or is not allowed through security. Ensure you follow the TSA liquid makeup rules to avoid having an expensive product thrown away at the checkpoint. 

Our Tips And Recommendations 

Our team compiled the following additional helpful tips for when you travel by plane with makeup. 

  • If you don’t want to use a quart-sized ziplock bag for your makeup, you can purchase a TSA-approved quart-sized clear makeup bag like this one to place your liquid makeup into for your carry-on. 
  • You can also purchase TSA-approved carry-on containers to transfer a small amount of your cream, gel, or liquid makeup into if you do not want to purchase separate travel-sized products. 
  • We recommend that if you need to travel with a container of powder makeup greater than 12 oz (350 mL), you pack it in your checked luggage to avoid the additional security screening required for powdered substances greater than this amount. 


Is Mascara Considered a Liquid? 

According to TSA rules, mascara is considered a type of liquid makeup. To bring it in your carry-on luggage, it must be less than 3.4 ounces and fit in your quart-sized ziplock bag. 

Is Lipstick Considered a Liquid? 

According to TSA rules, lipstick is not considered a liquid. It is considered solid and can be placed directly in your carry-on without size and quantity restrictions.

If you want to bring lip-gloss on the plane, it would be considered a liquid and must adhere to the same 3.4-ounce carry-on rule as other liquid makeup.