No matter how much you love your job, sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up to stay alert, awake, and stress-free at work – and coffee isn’t always the answer. Whether you’re a traveling makeup artist or a stay-at-home mom, these 7 beauty essentials put in overtime to keep you looking your best while you’re at work.
No matter what your lip product preferences are, the thin skin on your lips can always use a little extra nourishing – especially if your job involves a lot of talking. Get a touch of color and a moisturizing dose of shea butter with Korres’ Lip Butter, a tinted, creamy formula available in 5 shades, each applying sheerly enough that you can use them without a mirror.
Cuticle cream always seems like an excessive purchase until you realize how often you actually need it. Oil works great for hydrating, but can be messy and leave unwanted stains. Loaded with avocado oil and beeswax, Lush Cosmetics Lemony Flutter can be used to soften up tough skin on your elbows, knees, cuticles, and anywhere else you can think of. You can also dab some on your fingertips before going through a stack of papers to keep your skin from drying out.
Makeup Setting Spray
Few things are as instantly refreshing as a face spray, but not at all sprays are created equal. Use one that puts in as much work as you do: Skindinavia’s Makeup Setting Spray sets your makeup, mattifies your skin, and keeps your face cool with it’s temperature-controlled cooling technology. After all, there’s nothing worse than having a makeup meltdown at work.
Whether you spend 30 minutes or 30 seconds on your hair every morning, chances are that by midday, it can use a little help, especially if you’re in between washes. Dry shampoo can instantly volumize, texturize, and revive limp locks in a few quick spritxes. Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray works for any hair color, spraying on clear and giving hair an instant dose of oomph.
Keeping your hands clean and washing them several times a day is a great way to ward off germs, keep up personal hygiene, and stay healthy. It’s also a really easy way to dry out your hands. Soap & Glory’s Hand Food feeds the thin skin on your hands with shea butter and macadamia oil, soothing any chapped skin and locking in moisture.
Eye Drops or Contact Solution
Regardless of whether you have perfect vision, wear glasses, or opt for contacts, using drops midday can instantly wake you up. After all, it can be tough work looking at makeup all day – believe us, we know. If you wear contacts, give them a midday rinse in your preferred solution. For those who wear glasses or have perfect vision, squeeze a few drops of Visine’s Tired Eye Lubricant Drops for instant relief on your overworked eyes.
Bobby Pins/Hair Ties
Flyaways? Straggly strands? Growing out your bangs? Dry shampoo can help fix some of your hair woes, but keeping a stash of bobby pins and hair ties on your desk is one of quickest, easiest, and cheapest fixes for a bad hair day.