Oil-absorbing face wipes
As you run from one meeting to the next, it's only natural that your face would start to take on an oily sheen. By keeping a pack of oil-absorbing face wipes in your desk drawer, you can dab and blot as needed without having to reapply your make-up. Luckily, you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a decent product. Try Clean & Clear's Oil Absorbing Sheets. You can pick up 50 sheets from almost any drugstore for only $6.99.
Moisturizing face spray
A mid-afternoon slump may affect your productivity, but a moisturizing face spray could give you the perk-up you need to keep going. Whenever your skin starts to feel tight, heavy or worn, spritz a rejuvenating spray over your makeup. Options like Clinique's Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief will add moisture and freshness without adding oil.
Translucent mineral powder
Before a big presentation or client meeting, you want to make sure your make-up looks smooth and even. Rather than retouching caked-on foundation, try evening out your skin tone and cutting down on shininess with a lightweight translucent mineral powder. Physician's Formula offers an organic option with a brush and self-contained cap and mirror. As far as office products go, this one's a must-have.
Have you ever had a one-on-one meeting with your boss immediately after you downed an onion bagel? How about a close-quarters planning session right after you finished a venti-mocha-skinny-no-whip-latte? For those moments when gum smacking clearly isn't appropriate, a quick tooth brushing with a single-use toothbrush will keep you from feeling self-conscious. Colgate's Wisps are one obvious choice, but you can also purchase similar products, like Plak Smacker, from online vendors. Throw a couple in your desk drawer and pull them out when you need that clean-mouth feeling.
You can pretty much trust your eye make-up to stay in reasonable shape throughout the day, but with all the office gabbing, lunch meetings and coffee drinking going on, you're bound to lose your lip color by about 10:00 am. If you keep a tube of your favorite lipstick in your desk at all times, you can count on it whenever you need a quick touch-up.
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