Can you bring an eyelash curler on a plane?

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The feminine urge to bring every makeup essential with you when traveling is not uncommon – we all want to look our best on a vacation, ready to slay. From eyeshadows, to iron rod curlers, to eyelash curlers, TSA regulations on makeup essentials can sometimes be confusing.

A frequent question among travelers is, can you bring an eyelash curler on a plane?

In the course of this article, we shall discuss if you can bring those flashy eyelash curlers with you on a plane or not, besides other toiletries (that are just as important).

Can you bring an eyelash curler on a plane?

Yes, you are allowed to carry an eyelash curler in your hand luggage. As a rule, an eyelash curler is not considered a dangerous object at the security checkpoint and can, therefore, be taken into the cabin without any problems.

Yes, you are allowed to bring an eyelash curler on a plane. Eyelash curlers are allowed in both your hand as well as checked-in luggage. You can also carry your eyelash curlers in your carry-ons. When it comes to this makeup tool, the TSA has given a big green signal. It does not impose any sort of restrictions on carrying an eyelash curler on a plane.

Thus, if you are traveling to the U.S. with an eyelash curler, you do not have to worry about the customs officials scrunching up their noses about your traveling essentials choices.

Another question that rises is, can you carry an eyelash curler on a plane outside the U.S.?

No, you do not need to go about checking the carry-on, hand luggage, or checked-in luggage restrictions of other countries.

Here is a simple answer: If a country bans an equipment or item from being taken on a plane or within its borders, it is most likely because the ‘said’ country considers the item dangerous.

Now, consider an eyelash curler. What threat could it possibly impose? This is why most countries (if not all) have given a big ‘Go!’ to travelers carrying eyelash curlers on a plane.

A general tip: Small electronics and devices that could be construed as weapons at the security checkpoint are best transported in checked luggage, according to popular consensus.

When in doubt about whether an item should be carried in hand luggage or checked baggage, it is nearly always best to go for checked baggage in order to avoid any inconvenience.

Does the eyelash curler have to be carried in a transparent bag?

Transparent bags are only required to be used for liquid or semi-liquid items being carried on a plane. This means that all liquids should go in a transparent bag when going through the screening at the airport.

Since eyelash curlers are not identified as a liquid by the TSA, you do not need to carry eyelash curlers in a transparent bag.

Carrying other toiletries and makeup essentials on a plane:

Now that we have covered eyelash curlers, what about other makeup essentials? In this section of the article we shall discuss if the following makeup items can be carried on a plane or not:

Eye Shadow

If your eyeshadow is in a powder form and under 12 ounces of quantity, you can freely take it in both carry-on as well as hold luggage. However, if your eyeshadow power is over 12 punches, it must be placed in a separate tray during the security screening for further inspection.

If your eye shadow is in a liquid form, you will need to keep it in a travel friendly pouch of 3,4 ounces and place it in a transparent bag, outside your carry on or hand luggage.

Nail Polish

If you’re wondering if you can bring nail polish on a plane, the short answer is yes. You can bring your nail polish as long as it is less than 3.4 ounces in weight and fits in your liquids bag.

That shouldn’t be a problem, as most nail polish bottles are smaller than this. If you’re taking nail paint remover with you, that bottle must also fit into the TSA liquids restriction.

However, it is strongly advised that you refrain from doing so while in flight.

Can you imagine painting your nails and then facing turbulence?

Makeup Remover Wipes

Make-up wipes are also not liquids that can be taken in your hand luggage. Make-up wipes can also be kept in your hand luggage, outside of the bag of liquids, so you can take them with you.


Tweezers are permitted in carry-on luggage. They can fit in a carry-on or even a personal item like a handbag or pocketbook. In order to use tweezers for hand luggage, you don’t need to place them in a plastic bag or anything of the sort. However, if a tweezer is longer than 12 inches, it is not permitted in the carry-on luggage.

Tweezers in checked luggage are subject to more regulations than you would think. If your tweezers are in your carry-on luggage, they should be sheathed or wrapped securely.

They’ll probably fit in a toiletry bag just fine. During a bag check, baggage handlers may damage themselves if they rummage through your clothes, so don’t just dump them in there.

Always remember that the TSA officer at the security checkpoint or the baggage handler who scans your suitcase makes the final judgement.

Rules are guidelines, and any TSA employee can make a call and decide that your tweezers will not pass through airport security based on their own discretion.

Blow Dryers and Iron Curlers

Despite the fact that you will most likely not need to blow-dry your hair on the plane, it is completely acceptable to bring it along in your carry-on or pack it in your suitcase. There are no limits on electric curling, straightening, or crimping irons, so feel free to bring them along in your carry-on or checked baggage. Alternatively, you can bring one butane curling iron with you, provided that the safety cover is placed over the heating source. Spare cartridges should be left behind.

Rules on Powdered Makeup Essentials

Powders are permitted, and the TSA states that you do not need to remove them from your suitcase for separate screening unless they exceed 12 ounces (350ml).

Numerous airline websites claim that powders weighing more than 12 ounces (350ml) are not permitted in carry-on bags and must be checked. This is actually more restrictive than the TSA’s stated policy.

The TSA website provides the following information regarding the transportation of powders and powdered substances in carry-on luggage:

“Powder-like substances weighing more than 12 oz. / 350 mL must be separated for X-ray screening in a separate bin. They may necessitate further screening and the opening of containers.

We recommend you to examine packages containing non-essential substances in excess of 12 oz.”

Therefore, if you have powders in excess of that limit and your airline’s website indicates that they are not authorized, you must decide who to believe.

Rules on Liquid Makeup Essentials

Liquid cosmetics are permitted in carry-on luggage as long as each container is 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less in volume and is packed in your 1 quart (1 litre) clear zip top liquids bag with a zipper closure.

You should make sure that the containers you use to transport liquid foundation, liquid lipstick, nail polish, or any other liquid makeup are tiny enough to fit in your liquid toiletry bag before you leave the house.

Although it is something that many people overlook, mascara is considered a liquid, so be sure to keep it in your zip-top luggage to prevent any difficulties at the airport.

Solid makeup should be brought in carry-on luggage whenever possible in order to reduce the quantity of liquids you have to deal with when travelling to save space.

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Author - Willa Carson
Happywayfarer author Willa Carson
Hi, I'm Willa Carson, a passionate traveler who has been exploring the world for 7 years. Whether it's trekking through the Himalayas, exploring ancient ruins in South America, or simply savoring a cup of coffee at a local cafe, I believe that travel has the power to enrich our lives in countless ways. So join me on my journey and let's discover the world together!
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