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How Strict Are TSA Makeup Regulations?

TSA explicitly states anything in liquid form—from mascara to nail polish—must be packed into a clear quart bag. Girls, all that worry is pretty much unfounded.

Updated: June 28, 2018Following new policies, all powders—including makeup powders—will be subject to the TSA’s new carry-on policies. Powders are restricted to 12 ounces, or 350 mL.

For a while, I was going kind of crazy separating my liquid cosmetics from my makeup bag. Mascara and gel-like things got thrown into the clear pouch; I was a bonafide expert at the distinction between gels and powders. But after a while, I got lazy (read: forgot) and stopped doing it. It wasn’t until after going through security several times that I realized I probably should have never worried so much about packing my makeup properly in the first place.

In fact, for the past two years, I’ve been brazenly un-separating all of my liquid and gel products from their powder counterparts in a makeup bag, and haven’t been stopped once at security for it. (I did, however, get stopped for a ham one time.) Turns out there’s no real reason for all the liquid paranoia. According to the TSA, most makeup has been pretty much kosher since 2010:

Powder makeup is fine. Common-size facial cosmetic and medicinal products in a tube, for example mascara, lip gloss, and lip balm, are not required to be placed in the one-quart bag.

In all the name that is blessed and Katy Perry: How come no one had told me before??

Girlie site Julep claims larger liquid items like liquid foundation and nail polish are still subject to screening in the quart bag. However, I can tell you from personal experience and the many, many weddings I’ve flown to in the past two years, that I’ve definitely NOT placed nail polish and liquid foundation in the clear bag, and have never gotten stopped for re-screening.

Either they’re more lenient in the Pre line, or, most likely, they just don’t care. I have carried many a stray liquid in my bag.

Thought I would inform all of my fellow womankind out there.

How Strict Are TSA Makeup Regulations? via @maphappy
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