Can You Take Concealer On a Plane? TSA Rules 2024

Concealer is an essential item in your makeup kit, and if you wonder if it’s okay to bring it with you when you fly and if it falls under the TSA liquid rules. 

Here is a quick answer.

According to the TSA, concealer is considered a liquid and should follow the TSA 3-1-1 liquid rule, so it needs to be placed inside a quart sized bag along with other makeup liquids and toiletries.

In this post, we will explain more about taking your concealer on a plane and provide tips for packing it safely for your travels.

Let’s dive right in.

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Is Concealer a Liquid TSA?

Within and from the United States the TSA ( Transportation Security Administration ) regulates what items you can bring through the security checkpoint ( carry-on ) and in checked baggage.

They stated that anything that you can pour, pump, squeeze, spread, smear, spray, or spill, is subject to the 3-1-1 liquids rule.

Concealer is spreadable, so you can bring it in carry-on baggage, but it needs to follow the TSA 3-1-1 liquid rule.

Here is a screenshot from the TSA website.

The good thing is most of the concealer containers and tubes are less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml.

So you won’t need to worry or bother yourself with the size limit, but your concealer needs to be in a clear quart sized bag with other toiletries.

Here is another answer from the TSA customer service replying to a passenger

“Cosmetics in liquid, cream or paste form must be 3.4 oz / 100ml or less and packed in a quart-sized bag.”

Can You Take Concealer in Checked Baggage?

If you are traveling with a large amount of makeup, taking liquids in carry-on baggage are stricter compared to checked baggage, there are few restrictions for makeup items in checked baggage.

All makeup items including concealer are allowed in checked baggage, however; it is important to pack them carefully to avoid any damage during transport.

Liquids do not need to be inside a quart sized bag when transported in checked luggage.

You can use a hard sided makeup case or place them in a protective bag container.

Ensure that you also pack the items in the center of the suitcase, surrounded by soft clothing items for additional protection.

It’s important also to keep in mind that checked baggage is not as secure as carry-on luggage.

And there is always the risk of the items being damaged or even stolen during transport. So, it’s advised to only pack essential makeup items in checked luggage and to keep valuable or fragile items in your carry-on luggage.

Can You Take Concealer On International Flights?

Most countries ( like Canada, The UK, Australia etc..) have similar rules to the TSA guidelines regarding what to take in both carry-on and checked baggage.

There may be some few differences, but the liquid rules are almost identical.

For example, some countries may have stricter regulations for carrying liquids and gels, while others may have restrictions on certain specific makeup ingredients.

It’s important to research the regulations of your airline and the country you are traveling to before packing your makeup items. 

This will help avoid any inconvenience at the airport, and prevent any delays at the security checkpoint.

But i don’t see any issues with taking concealer on an international flight, just ensure that you don’t bring large quantities for selling purposes, that way you will need to pass the customs and explain to them why you are taking all this large amount of makeup.

Final Thoughts

When packing concealer for a flight, it’s important to follow the TSA guidelines to ensure a smooth security screening process. 

Cream and liquid concealers are typically considered liquids and must be in containers of 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less and placed in a quart-sized plastic bag. 

Even though I wouldn’t recommend placing expensive makeup in a checked bag, when packing concealer and makeup in general inside a checked bag, it’s best to use a rigid makeup case or place them in a protective bag or container to prevent damage during transport.

We hope this helps 

Happy travels 

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