Nothing like a mid-day beauty emergency to ruin your entire day. Frizzy hair? Cool. Surprise pimple? Great. Luckily, you can prevent any beauty disasters by hoarding some beauty products to keep at work. No more frantically searching for a hair tie or a breath mint. Everything you need should be right at your desk! The best part? Everything can fit into a convenient makeup bag. No bulky products or tools here — just streamlined essentials to get you through any upset.
Listen, I know that work isn't necessarily the place to worry about how you look all the time. But feeling confident in your appearance can certainly help boost your performance in an important meeting. Plus, according to the New York Times, a 2011 study revealed that women who wear makeup appear more competent compared to their barefaced counterparts. If you love wearing lipstick to work anyway, this is pretty solid news.
While you may not be able to prevent lost emails or a slacking coworker on your team, you can prevent (to the best of your ability) any beauty emergencies. Wondering what to pack in your beauty tool kit next time you go to work? Here are the essentials that I keep at my desk.
1. Nail Polish Removing Pads
Manicure looking a bit chipped? Remove any unwanted nail polish with these compact pads.
Ulta Nail Polish Remover Pads, $4, Ulta
2. Heavy Duty Concealer
Nothing like a mid-day pimple to round out your workday. Cover up that nasty zit with a full coverage concealer.
3. Powder Compact
While it's great to let your accomplishments shine at work, being shiny isn't. Dust away any unwanted glow by using a powder compact. This travel friendly makeup will have you looking your best no matter where you are.
NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation, $9, NYX Cosmetics
4. Lint Removing Sheets
As much as I love my cats, I really can't stand having my clothes covered in fur. Remove any lingering lint, hair, or dandruff with these handy wipes. They are super sticky, so they grab every last bit.
Lint Removing Sheets, $5, Hollywood Fashion Secrets
5. Oil Absorbing Papers
Remember these from high school? These portable sheets are great for keeping shine at bay without packing on any powder.
6. Hand Cream
Frizzy hair, dry hands, and chapped lips are a thing of the past with this multitasking cream. It even comes in a travel size for your purse!
While this might not be the sexiest item on the list, it is one of the most helpful. Let your coworkers know what you had for lunch via your Instagram, and not your teeth.
8. Dry Shampoo Spray
Don't let your clients catch you with greasy roots. Spray away any oil buildup with dry shampoo. Honestly, it's a life saver on busy days.
9. Deodorant Removing Sponge
Deodorant stains have to be one of the most annoying things on this planet. This magical sponge is the only foolproof cure I've found so far.
Deodorant Removing Sponge, $4, Steinmart
10. Hair Ties
If you're no longer feeling your morning hairstyle, switch it up with a handy hair tie. Reach for a tie made out of ribbon in order to avoid any nasty bumps or dents.
Sephora Ribbon Hair Ties, $5, Sephora
Those killer new heels are fierce, but they have it out for your achilles heel. Prevent any blisters by applying a bandage wherever your shoes may rub. It does wonders for long days in brand new kicks.
Band-Aid Blister Pack, $6, Seton
Now nothing can stop you from having the best day ever... except maybe those lost emails.
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