December means lots of different things for your workflow; it means after work desk drinks usually reserved for 5pm Fridays suddenly becoming an everyday occurrence, it means your office crush showing up in the world’s most disgusting Christmas jumper and the dream dying (RIP), and it probably means eating a lot of sad turkey and stuffing supermarket sandwiches, because ‘they’re limited edition!’
But the one thing December definitely signifies is an increase in the amount of post-work parties you’ll be attending, and subsequently, the amount of desk-to-dancefloor looks you’ll be trying to pull off. Figuring out an outfit that can get you through an eight hour work day is hard enough, so don’t let your makeup stress you out – here are our favourite, foolproof six products to get you from photocopying to groovin’, as fast as possible.
Beauty Bay Liquid Crystal Eyeshadow
Liquid eyeshadow is the easiest way to liven up your look. You can rub a quick smudge of it – focusing on the centre of the lid – over any existing makeup you sleepily applied at 7am that morning, and immediately look like you spent time and effort on your face. Better (and quicker) yet, you can apply, and blend out, liquid shadow with just your finger, no fiddly buffing required.
Uoma Fro 2 Go Brow Pencil
Everyone looks put together with a brow on – a good arch takes you from hot mess to ‘it looks like I spent more than three minutes on this face while on the tube, doesn’t it?’ UOMA makes throwing on a brow even easier (and requiring fewer products – fab when you’re applying an out-out look in your cramped work loos) with their Brow-Fro-3-in-1 precision pencil, blender and sneaky, hidden in the cap under-brow highlighter.
Zoeva Screen Queen Lip Crayon
Makeup is basically all about colouring within the lines – and what’s easier to colour with than a crayon? ZOEVA’s chunky lip crayon (in the gorgeous, universally flattering, dusky pink shade ‘Way Too Soon’) makes the perfect lip easy. A tinted balm, with an angled tip for getting the outer edges, means you no longer need a lip balm, lipstick or liner – simply run this over your lips, press them together, and you’re good to go. Side note: a crayon lipstick is VERY handy for when you’re a few glasses of prosecco down and touch up time is calling – no faffing required.
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation
The quickest and easiest way to cheat a flawless base is with a powder foundation. And while – at first – a powder foundation might remind you of your teenage years, when your parents first let you try out a ‘natural’ makeup look, a powder is actually a super convenient base option. It doesn’t need buffing and setting like a liquid might, and other powder products won’t layer in a patchy way – as they already have a powder base to hold onto. With its grease & acne fighting properties, this buildable Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation is also perfect for oily skinned gals – plus, it won’t let you (and your T-Zone) down on nights out on sweaty dance floors!
Mario Badescu Facial Spray
A Mario Badescu Facial Spray might be the most underrated multi tasker in your whole makeup bag. Revive tired, dry skin (anyone else’s office air-con always blasting, even in December?), add some moisture back to the face for a smooth base, hydrate your beautyblender (without having to haul yourself to the nearest sink), *and* set your lewk for a night on the town. Keep one in your desk drawer for all kinds of festive season SOS.
Paul & Joe Rollerball Perfume
Nobody feels their freshest after a day of meetings and running around the office – but how will you pull your photocopying crush at the work ‘do if you’re smelling funky? Always keep a small rollerball perfume handy – such as the Paul & Joe Peony Rollerball. Simply swipe over pulse points (don’t forget behind your ears and décolletage!) and you’ll smell so good it won’t matter you’re on a night out in laddered tights and commute trainers (don’t worry, it’ll be dark in there anyway).