Back to Work: The Two-Minute Touch-Up Routine You Need to Know
Let’s be honest—coming back to work post-Christmas break can be slightly depressing. Gone is all that free time you had to wander down the beach at your leisure, eat breakfast (or sip a cocktail!) at noon, and generally laze about. (I mean, no matter how much you love your job, *nothing* beats a 14-day weekend.) That said, you’re likely coming back with a fresh perspective and renewed energy and drive, making this week the perfect time to tackle new habits.
Making an effort with your appearance in the office may seem trite, but if "dress for the job you want, not the job you have" rings true for you, you'll find makeup and hair are just an extension of that. There's also something to be said for the confidence that comes from feeling groomed and pulled together at all times. While we can't guarantee a 100% rate of polished perfection—some days are just too busy—we can offer up a speedy touch-up routine. It's fast, it's simple and it targets all the beauty fails that can happen during the day. Plus, you can do it at your desk. Employee of the month, here you come.
Keep reading for the two-minute touch up routine you need to know.
If your forehead and nose often turn into an oil slick come 2p.m. you're not alone. Adding powder seems like the obvious fix, but unless you absorb the grime on your face first you're bound to end up with a muddy mess. Regular blotting papers work well here, but Beautyblender's Blotterazzi ($27) sponges are life-changing. Dab one discreetly over shiny areas and watch your skin turn matte. You don't even have to add more product. Win.
Sometimes, even opting for waterproof mascara and liner can't prevent your eye makeup from migrating south through the day. If you're prone to smudging, shadow fallout or that annoying phenomenon where liner "stamps" onto your upper eyelids, stick with smudge-proof formulas but invest in makeup remover-filled cotton buds, too. Not familiar? Sephora's Eye Remover Swabs ($11) provide a teensy amount of remover—just enough to clean up smudges without tugging on the delicate skin around your eye. Nudestix's Clean-Up Pencil ($34) is genius for this, too. Just add one hand mirror.
Anyone who wears lipstick on the daily will know that even moisturising formulas can leave lips dry after several hours. Add in the dehydrating effects of office air con and you've got yourself a flaky pout. There is a super quick and clever tip I use almost every time I wear lipstick, and it's low-key enough to do at your desk. Take a regular baby wipe or face wipe (but make sure it's a hydrating one like Korres' Milk Proteins Cleansing And Makeup Removing Wipes, $14) and gently rub your lips with it in tiny circles until smooth. Pop on some balm afterwards or reapply your lipstick and you're good to go.
Having an oily T-zone doesn't cancel out the possibility of ending up with a dull complexion come 3.p.m. Blame old favourite office air con, as well a maybe/probably not adequate water intake. Top up skin moisture levels with a quick spritz of a hydrating spray like The Body Shop's Vitamin E Mist ($17). Either train yourself to dose your skin at intervals during the day (every time you sit down after a walk to the printer works), or set a calendar note to remind you. Bonus: the mist also has the effect of refreshing your makeup.
Last but not least; limp hair. It can be a downer both figuratively and literally. I mean, how exactly does our bouncy morning blowdry turn so flat, so fast? It's a mystery for the ages. (A sweaty scalp, humidity and heavy products can all play a part.) Skip the aerosols to avoid drawing attention to your deskside touch-up routine and try a texurising dust, like Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It ($29), instead. Sprinkle a little on your fingers, then ruffle it through your roots for instant lift.