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Monday Makeup Minute: The Best Work-Appropriate Beauty Products For Your Desk!

Mon, October 4, 2010 6:36pm EDT by 1 Comment

Here are some of the best, office-approved beauty items to keep you looking as gorgeous as Jennifer Aniston.

Let’s face it: it’s fun to dress up for life’s little red carpet moments, but those of us with day jobs have to take it down a notch or risk looking like our vanity lighting is broken (<cough>, Kim Kardashian.) But dragging your makeup bag to work isn’t exactly practical, not to mention limited desk space. Here I come to the rescue: eight simple, must-have beauty products that you should keep at your desk at all times. What should you buy? Check it out…

The first tools you always need in your desk are very simple: face wipes and cotton swabs. Pond’s Clean Sweep Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Towelettes are perfect to take off old makeup and reapply, plus they’re amazing post-workout (for you lunchttime Spinning class junkies.) A Q-Tips Purse Pack is the perfect way to stash these beauty essentials. You can use them to apply AND clean up makeup fast, easy and on the cheap!

Sample-sized kits are your friends. This Benefit Some Beauty to Love Kit contains sample sizes of many of the brand’s beloved staples: full-sized portions of Coralista coral-pink cheek powder and Eye Bright instant eye brightener, and deluxe minis of “That Gal” brightening face primer and BADgal Lash mascara.

I love tools that can multitask and this Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler and Comb Duo. It’s an eyelash curler an eyelash/brow comb all in one. Genius!

Your eyeshadow palette needs to have colors that are appropriate for day as well as kick up the glamour at night. The Tarte TEN Limited-Edition Eye Palette has amazing hues, a double-ended eyeliner, great applicator brush AND a tiny mascara (you can never have too much mascara, take it from a beauty editor.)

Lipstick is one of the fastest ways to transform your look and this LORAC Lip Service Collection kit is a fast and easy way to create your perfect pout. Each kit contains Couture Shine Lip Glosses in Sheer Luxe, Haute, Glam, Lavish, and Couture; Sheer Wash Lip/Cheek Tint in Sheer Luck (a sheer rose hue); Vitamin E Stick; and a Lip Pencil in #18 (perfect all-purpose nude,) all in a small black zip pouch to keep everything organized.

Finally, the fastest way to finish your look is with perfume, so keep two small roll-on fragrances handy at all times. Marc Jacobs Lola Rollerball is a perfect daytime fragrance, then switch to Robert Piquet Fracas Eau de Parfum Roll-On, a timeless seduction fragrance, handy for nighttime activities.

And there you have it! The perfect desktop beauty kit for every job and everyone. Keep these handy and you’ll always look paparazzi ready, even if you’re just having your building ID photo taken.

— Kristin Booker