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Desks may be primarily for working, but from time to time, they can also serve as a spot for beautifying. That doesn’t mean you need to—or should—stock the entire contents of your makeup bag at work, but you may need certain items on hand for touch-ups or in case of beauty emergencies. When such situations arise, you’ll be all too glad to have a camouflaging concealer tucked away, or a frizz-fighting hair cream available to you. Of course, with various office supplies and work materials taking up most of your desk space, you’ll need to be selective with what you determine to be necessities. Not sure what qualifies as an office (beauty) essential? We’re sharing the seven beauty products, from red lipstick to hair elastics, that deserve a spot at your desk.
Wondering the easiest way to look as if you didn’t roll out of bed 30 minutes late and rush to work in a tizzy? Well, we know the answer! When you get to your desk, swipe on a quick coat of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Enamel Red. Trust us, no one thinks the gal rocking red lips doesn’t have it together. Plus, a basic tube of red lipstick can serve more than one purpose. In a pinch, you can use it to color correct dark circles! Just blend a small amount under your eyes, then cover with concealer. And just like that, no more looking like you haven’t slept in a week.
You already know you’ll need concealer in order to try the color correcting hack mentioned above—but that’s far from the only reason to keep it in your office arsenal. Imagine this: You’ve planned a hot date for after work, only for a pimple to pop up by the end of the work day. You’re out of luck, unless you have concealer in reach for a quick cover-up. And that’s why the decision to stow the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer in your desk is a total no-brainer.
If you’re in need of another way to look more awake, let us introduce you to nude eyeliner. While taking time to create a cat eye with liquid eyeliner may not exactly be office appropriate, putting nude eyeliner on your lower waterline is a whole other story. It only takes a minute and it provides a nearly-instant effect. One minute you look worn out, the next your eyes appear bigger and brighter. Ta-da! Just be sure to stick with a waterproof option, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Eyeliner in Nude, so you won’t be forced to reapply all day long.
As far as product picks go, deodorant isn’t the most fun or exciting—but you can’t deny that it’s an essential. No one wants to get to work, only to realize that they’ve forgotten to put on deodorant and have to spend the rest of the day wondering if anyone will get of whiff. So, for your sake—and your co-workers—a travel-sized deodorant is a desk must-have.
When mid-afternoon comes around on a work day, a pick-me-up is well deserved. To keep yourself going, spritz your face with a refreshing face mist. Soon enough, everyone in your area will be asking for a spray.
The fight to fend off frizz doesn’t stop when you leave your house in the morning. It can go on all day. Hence why it’s always a good idea to have a hair cream for frizzy hair, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Hair Cream, at your desk. When you need to smooth out your ‘do, just apply a dollop to your strands.
We’ve all been there: Your hair is in your face, being a bother, only to find that your wrist isn’t currently home to an extra hair tie. It’s a pretty desperate situation, where you have to hope a friend has an elastic to lend out. That’s why we suggest always having a few hair elastics tucked away in your desk, that way you can throw your hair into a messy bun or braid at a moment’s notice.
Got work on the brain? Here are 4 Office-Ready Makeup Looks in 3 Products or Less.