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Party Season Survival | Desk To Dancefloor

By Rose-Ann Cullen, 16th December 2015

With the on-set of party season, be prepared for any and all spontaneous post-work events with a concise and carefully edited selection of beautifiers. Deskside beauty should be quick, simple and transformative; stash these into your handbag so you can ramp up your look from professional to party in minutes!

Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil

A slick of black eyeliner can instantly take your look from subtle to sulty in seconds. This silky smooth pencil is one of our favourites, and can be easily blended across lids for a smoky look, or worn in a sharp line of definition. Once dry, it is smudge-proof, long-wearing and incredibly pigmented. 

Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil Smokey Black

Come the end of a long, busy day at work, your complexion can be left rather lacklustre and pale. Perk it up with a sweep of brightening blush that will restore the vibrancy to your cheeks. We love a hot pink hue for a naturally youthful look.

Stila Custom Color Blush Pink

Stila Custom Color Blush Pink
Illamasqua Gel Sculpt Review

If you thought you had no time to contour in your post-work haste, think again! This beauty team favourite has a light gel consistency and gives a sheer was of colour. Glide onto contoured areas of the face and blend for naturally defined features in seconds.

Illamasqua Gel Sculpt

If you can’t bear to face the bar without a full eye look, then stash a do-it-all palette that will make sultry eyes a breeze. The combination of glistening hues in this palette will highlight and smoke out eyes to perfection, whilst the creamy textures can be blended flawlessly even with just a fingertip.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eye Shadow Palette Raw Garden

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow Palette Raw Garden
ArtDeco Compact Powder

Banish the 5pm shine with a light dusting of finely milled powder. Swept across the T-Zone with a fluffy brush, this compact will absorb excess oil, without caking existing makeup for a fresh, natural finish. The mirrored compact is the perfect touch up companion bar-side, too.

ARTDECO Mineral Compact Powder

For a speedy restoration job on worn-in, dishevelled brows, simply run this bestselling, hard-wearing pencil through arches to effortlessly fill in gaps, re-define and shape. The spoolie will help to plump for maximised brow game.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
Eyeko Rock Out and Lash Out Mascara

Err on the side of caution and avoid a rushed false lash application – misplaced lash glue will only ruin your eye makeup. Instead, choose a do-it-all mascara that will add both volume and length for a full-flutter alternative. The curved wand on this cult favourite will grip and curl each lash with each swipe for even, rich-black coverage.

Eyeko Rock Out & Lash Out Mascara

Nothing boosts your confidence quite like a slick of the perfect lipstick. Gerard’s intensely pigmented formulas will glide across lips with rich, bold colour that will liven up your look no end. I’m all about Fire Engine right now, a classic, timeless red that’s perfectly festive for the time of year.

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick
RMS Living Luminizer

A dab of sheer, creamy highlighter can go a long way to brightening, refreshing and enlivening your makeup base. This mineral formula boasts a Coconut Oil base and melts into skin for a lit-from-within, natural look that will counteract a tired complexion.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Rather than tote a full makeup brush set I like to keep a concise collection in my desk drawer for quick touch ups. These 4 brushes are all all you require to perfect powder, foundation, eyeshadow, liner and more – just stash a quick-dry brush cleaning spray alongside them.

Zoeva Makeup Brush Sets

Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Eye Collection
Wella Professionals EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo

Tried, tested and totally fail-safe, dry shampoo is the ultimate saviour of flat, limp and lacklustre locks. Mist through roots and leave to absorb oil whilst you top up your makeup, then distribute through lengths of hair with a natural bristle brush for fuller, fresher hair.

Wella Professionals EIMI Dry Me