6 Fast Fixes for Office Beauty Emergencies
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Inside Job1 of 7
By Jessica Baumgardner
We all attempt to be our most presentable selves on the job—hair brushed, clothes pressed, breath minty, you get the picture. But say you're in the middle of a big meeting, and you catch a glimpse of yourself—with kale salad wedged in your teeth. Confidence? Dashed. To help you avoid a self-esteem crisis, we've identified six common beauty setbacks women face at work, as well as clever solutions to deal with them fast.
Wet Hair2 of 7
You woke up late, and you can't face your colleagues with sodden locks. Pull damp hair into a bun with a doughnut-shaped bun maker, says Kym Douglas, beauty expert for The Ellen DeGeneres Show and author of The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets. She likes Hot Buns, Mia Beauty's bun maker and Conair's version. These tools act as wet-set curlers too—take out the bun for relaxed, bouncy curls. (Just make sure you don’t wake up late again, missy.)
Sweat Stains3 of 7
Everybody sweats, but it's still a huge embarrassment when you look like post-workout Rocky in your silk blouse. "I have a teenage son, so I'm an expert on this subject," says Douglas. "I have tried everything and the only thing that works is SweatBlock. It's a clinical strength antiperspirant in a pre-soaked towelette that you blot under your arms before bed. The sweat is gone for one week!" If you have sensitive skin, just be sure to test a patch of skin before using.
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Shiny Skin4 of 7
By midday, your complexion is looking greasy, not glowy. Head for the restroom. "Did you know that toilet seat covers are made of the same material as those expensive blotting papers?" says Douglas. "Another one of my favorite degreasing tricks is to mix equal parts rose water and spring water in a travel-size spray bottle and spritz on your face for a gorgeous glow, sexy scent and dewy (not oily) look."
Raccoon Eyes5 of 7
With mascara, the right product is key, says Douglas, who relies on Cherry Blooms mascara. "It's sweat and cry-proof, and stays on all day," she says. Since it's made with natural beeswax, you can wash it off with warm water. Under-eye concealer also plays a part (moist makeup feels luxe, but worsens mascara migration). Douglas' pick is Star Hollywood Cosmetics' concealer, which offers coverage without caking.
Chipped Nails6 of 7
A chipped mani isn't a good look when you've got a client presentation looming. No time to fix your paint job? Douglas slathers Edible Haven's organic coconut oil on her nails and cuticles every night: "It gives the polish a shiny coat, and moisturizes the nail bed to prevent them from peeling and chipping. My manicures last a lot longer this way." It also helps to keep nail polish remover wipes in your drawer—try Josie Maran's grapefruit-scented ones.
Frizzy Hair7 of 7
If you just have a couple of coarse, out-of-control stragglers, "grab a glue stick from the office supply closet, and rub a little onto the flyaways—it's non-toxic and will do the trick, but just be sure to wash it out when you get home!" says Douglas. If your hair regularly poofs up in the afternoon, stash a travel pack of dryer sheets in your desk. "Running a dryer sheet down the length of your hair helps to tame strands, just like it stops static in your clothes."