Working 9 to 5: Your Beauty Essentials

Sometimes simply travelling to the office can see us looking less than professional on arrival. You want to look, feel and do your best at work, so we’ve rounded up your desk drawer essentials to keep you slick until home time.

A spritz of dry shampoo will do away with greasy hair from a hot and humid commute. Or, if your hair is frizz-prone, tuck a serum into your desk drawer and massage over flyaways when you get into the office – it’s a simple fix for unruly hair.

You spend your day typing on your computer, shaking peoples hands, picking up the phone – and that’s only half of it! Keep hands fresh with an anti-bacterial gel and a nourishing hand cream; they’re office essentials.

Air conditioning and heating both cause damage to your skin, drying it out and leading to patchiness, breakouts and a dull complexion. Spritzing your face with a skin mist will hydrate and brighten skin, shrinking the appearance of pores. It’s the perfect antidote to a mid-morning slump.

"Channel desk to disco with your favorite lipstick and spitz of perfume"

Recycled office air doesn’t just dry out your facial skin, it’s hard work on your lips too. A good quality lip balm containing shea butter, honey or beeswax will prevent chapping and can be applied throughout the day.

Chewing gum post-lunch isn’t always an option – it can look unprofessional at a big meeting or presentation. Instead, keep a travel-size toothbrush and toothpaste in your drawer to freshen up before you head into the boardroom.

When washing your face isn’t an option, combat shine with blotting papers that absorb oil when the late-afternoon grease sets in – they’re easy to use and won’t destroy the rest of your makeup. If you find that coverage tends to wear off as the day goes on, keep a concealer at work that you can reapply to blemishes.

By coffee-o’clock you probably have tired looking eyes from staring at a screen all day. But instead of drinking caffeine, try rolling some under your eyes via an eye cream. Keep a tube in your work fridge for a refreshing pick-me-up.

No one wants to reapply a full face of makeup during a workday, but if you want to instantly look more put-together, try curling your eyelashes. Then simply, dab on some highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes and along your cheekbones for an effortless refresh.

Rather than lugging your makeup bag to work with you, channel desk to disco with your favourite lipstick and a spritz of perfume. Now exit the building, feeling your best!

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