This is What Could Happen if You Did Your Make-Up in Space, According to an Expert
Space flight specialist Kellie Gerardi explains how a zero-gravity environment could affect your beauty routine
7 July 2019
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As someone who has completed space flight training and carried out research in zero-gravity conditions, Kellie Gerardi knows better than most what it’s like to experience life as an astronaut.
The American scientist-astronaut candidate also happens to have the kind of amazing make-up skills you’d usual expect from an Instagram influencer, with a knack for cat-eye liner and perfectly pencilled brows.
So who better to explain what would happen if you tried to replicate your daily make-up routine in space?
Your products would have to be vetted before lift-off
“A lot of general household objects give off smells or omit tiny odourless gases and volatile organic compounds,” explains Gerardi. “Here on earth, if these odours were to collect, we open our windows or go outside, and obviously astronauts don’t have that option or a way of escaping a smell, so that can be really dangerous.”
Make-up can cause ‘off-gassing’, too, so if any product was tested and found to be emitting a gas, you wouldn’t be allowed to take it into space.
Make-up removal would be harder
While many of us are trying to reduce our reliance on single-use make-up remover wipes, in space you haven’t really got a choice, because water use is restricted and you can’t rinse your face because droplets float in zero-gravity and, like powders, could affect machinery on board.
“I would apply a pre-moistened make-up wipe perhaps and then maybe a cleanser balm that doesn’t need to be rinsed off, but could be wiped off,” says Gerardi.
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