This time of year, the typical setting for all our makeup touch-ups and quick hair fixes is a desk-side sprint; the clock strikes 5:30 PM, office bathrooms are thronged and you've got drinks to be sipping.
But the sudden need to pull together a party-ready look doesn't mean you need to perennially lug around your entire makeup collection either. In lieu of the luxury of your getting-reading home set up, stash a couple of these multi-use wonders at your desk and you'll be ever good to go.
Pocket Mirrors at the ready!
The Quick Fix Foundation
For obvious reasons, any product that comes with the directions 'apply directly to face' is a desk-side staple. If you need a little more coverage in places or want a quick refresh, this foundation stick is a dream to use. So blendable, you'll be able to apply it with ease, without much need for a mirror.
Skin Foundation Stick - Beige 3, €39, BOBBI BROWN
The One Palette Wonder
Consider a world when your blush, eyeshadows, bronzer, and highlighter was all in one product. Then buy this palette! For those on the go, keeping one of these in your handbag will have you covered for most makeup eventualities and needs.
Instant Look in a Palette: Smokey Eye Beauty, €69, CHARLOTTE TILBURY
The All-Purpose Pigment
Swiped on to lids, cheek, and cheekbones, these sticks of colour are ideal if you fancy experimenting with brights this party season. What's even more fun is that the packaging is magnetic, so you can join a trio of shades together and throw them into your drawer.
Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick, €23, Fenty
The Finger Paint Blush
Seamless, sheer, and buildable (i.e. it’s hard to accidentally apply too much), if you can finger paint you can Cloud Paint. Just dab the pillowy, gel-cream formula onto cheeks, lips or wherever you please.
Cloud Paint Blush, €18, Glossier
The High Impact Shadow
Hunched over your desk and peering into a tiny mirror might not be the best time to be playing with a complex palette, blending six shades into your lids. But all this finely-milled powder formula requires is your ring finger and a few pats along the lid for a super-easy, impactful look.
Private Shadow - Camera Obscura 01, €35, TOM FORD BEAUTY
The No Liner Lipstick
Nothing says party like a red lip, but if you're short on time, a precise liner and lipstick combo might not be a smart move. This slim bullet allows you to define your lips with its sharp tip, before flooding them with the pigmented colour.
Rouge Pur Couture The Slim, €35.50, YSL
Now, about those drinks!?