Ah, the cubicle farm — mostly a necessary evil of professional ladder-climbing, but overall kind of a drag. A way to keep it fresh? Keep a little supply of beauty products at your fingertips. Think of items that will keep you feeling comfortable (hair goods, deodorant) and looking good (multi-use color). There’s a way to use beauty products in the office without venturing into unprofessional territory (i.e., don’t paint your nails at work unless you work at Essie). Whether you need a midday freshen-up, need to look put-together again after a workout or commute or you want to prep for your night out before leaving company property, this crop of products will make office work just a little prettier.
Dry hands can be a drag—and painful. Moisturize your skin after long days spent in the a/c or the heat with a good cream.
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm, $27 for 2.5 fl oz. at Aesop.
Oily faces everywhere can stay fresh with a little quick (no mess!) blotting.
Boscia Clear Complexion Blotting Linens, $10 at Sephora.
This is your midday slump facial spray: It immediately wakes your skin up with a simple spritz.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $18 for 1 oz. at Sephora.
Need a post-workout freshen up? Not a problem.
Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths: Brightening, $15 for 30 at Sephora.
Smell rad (yes, rad!) all day with no-mess fragrance application.
Diptyque Solid Perfume, $48 at Lucky Scent.
Very few products really do hydrate all skin, everywhere. Use this salve on your face, hands and body.
Earth Tu Face Skin Stick, $34 at Net-a-Porter.
A true wonder product, this conditioner adds just enough color to your pout while soothing and hydrating at the same time. Chapped lips begone!
Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Arabian Knights, $24 at Catbird.
Whether you’re stuck in an over air-conditioned office or on a plane traveling for work, do your skin a favor and spritz this liquid moisturizer on. If you’re prone to redness, the aloe vera will calm your skin.
This Works In Transit Spray-On Moisture, $33 at Net-a-Porter.
A favorite with beauty editors, the lip balm keeps your pucker from drying out.
Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, $7 at Kiehl's.
Lugging a stick of deodorant with you is never fun. Try this option in chicer packaging. None shall be the wiser—and you’ll smell great.
Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant, $18 at Barneys.
The Perfect Comb
A comb is just a good thing to have on you pretty much all the time.
Mason Pearson Rake Comb, $35 at Barneys.
This pastel/shimmer stick will give you great color, making your coworkers wonder if you spent that sickday on the beach.
NARS The Multiple Multi-Purpose Stick in Luxor, $39 at Beauty.com.
Tame frizzy hair and moisturize dry tresses in one fell swoop with this miracle tonic.
Olo Fragrance Argan Oil Hair Tonic, $40 at TENOVERSIX.
For fine, oily hair, here's a spray that will give you a just-washed feeling, even after a full day at the office.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $22 at Barneys.
When you sense a zit forming, not being able to do anything about it sucks. Instead of popping it at work with your hands (gross), try this zit-zapper instead.
Paula's Choice Skincare Resist BHA 9 Spot Treatment, $32 at Paula's Choice Skincare.
If your hair is a bit damaged from going platinum (no judging), may we suggest a little protecting serum? Bonus: It adds a great shine, ideal for the just-left-the-salon look.
Sachajuan Shine Serum, $30 at Barneys.
Stressful gig? Let Tata Harper lull you off to zen land with some much-needed aromatherapy.
Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment, $80 at TENOVERSIX.
Lip and Cheek Stain
A color for lips and cheeks that will give you a freshly-made look at any time.
Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi-Use Blush Stain, $36 at Beauty.com.