5 Office Beauty Hacks Every Woman Should Know
It’s time to face facts: Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at the office, not behind our vanities. That means less time to spend beautifying—that is, unless you bring your skin care staples to work with you. The good news is that there are plenty of beauty hacks that are perfectly suited to that 9-to-5 life, and they can all be done at the comfort of your desk. Keep reading to find out how to take your office look from overworked to working it!
Office Beauty Hack #1: Spritz Throughout the Day
There’s no reason your desk needs to be solely adorned with office supplies. Sure sure, save room for a stapler and scissors, but right next to your pen and paper is the prime place to keep a face mist. Our pick? None other than the Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist, which purifies and hydrates skin for a revived, healthy-looking appearance. Whenever you’re feeling worn out, simply pick up and spray. It doesn’t get easier than that! And no doubt, your coworkers will be begging you to give them a spritz next once they see your cooled-down complexion.
Editor’s tip: The only thing better than a regular ol’ misting is one with a refreshing chill. If you happen to have a mini-fridge nearby, store your spray inside.
Office Beauty Hack #2: Keep Hand Cream Handy
No matter the office job, they tend to all have one thing in common: Air conditioning. While the frigid AC may feel refreshing on the hottest days of the year, that doesn’t negate the fact that it could be responsible for one of your skin concerns—dryness. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, air conditioning is one of the biggest culprits behind dry skin. If you don’t have the power to adjust the thermostat, your best bet is staying on top of moisturizing. Keep a hand cream near your keyboard, that way, when you’re typing away and notice dry-looking paws, you can immediately slather them in a nourishing cream. In case you’re wondering, we’re currently obsessed with the scent of this Almond Cookie hand cream from Carol’s Daughter.
Office Beauty Hack #3: Utilize Sticky Notes
Is there anything more convenient than a sticky note? Stick them on your computer, on your desk, on the fridge, etc. etc. The possibilities are essentially endless. Well, it turns out, you can also stick them on your face. If you’re looking for a way to hack your favorite office supply, here it is: Use a sticky note to achieve a super-sharp contour that’s straight out of your dreams. Simply pop the note below your cheekbone, right where you want to contour. Then use a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Contour Blender, to blend and buff a contour cream (try the NYX Professional Cosmetics Wonder Stick, which can also double as your highlight) onto your cheeks. When you’re finished, pull up the paper and voila—cheekbones to die for.
Office Beauty Hack #4: Touch Up with Tissues
No matter how much effort you put in to mattifying your makeup look in the morning—we’re talking primer and powder galore—shine has a way of catching up with you by midday. On those occasions, if you don’t have blotting sheets tucked away in your purse, surely there’s at least a box of tissues nearby. In that case, you’re in luck. In a pinch, you can use a tissue to blot away excess oil. Goodbye, grease!
Office Beauty Hack #5: Conceal Dark Circles
As beauty editors, we’re happy to break out our skin care collections and get to work right at our desks. Unfortunately, not all offices would find it quite as on brand as we do at Skincare.com. That’s why, when you need to hide that you’ve been feeling under the weather or slacking on catching shut-eye, you’ll want to employ a few quick fixes rather than an entire beauty regimen. To fake the look of lots of sleep—and hide those pesky dark circles in a pinch—reach for a concealer like Vichy Dermafinish Corrective Sticks and dab it along your eye contour. Don’t forget to blend thoroughly!