There’s nothing worse than sitting down at your desk only to realize that you have a hole in your tights. Or, for that matter, realizing you spilled that balsamic vinaigrette dressing on your white top while out to lunch. And let’s not even DISCUSS how embarrassed you felt after realizing you had something in your teeth while talking about future marketing plans with the CEO. Le sigh. Fear not, because for every problem there is a solution. Here are a few common office beauty issues, and the quick fix to solving the crisis.
Get yourself some Static Guard, STAT. Not only will it aid in addressing embarrassing wardrobe issues, but it also helps with frizz. Just dab a little on your fingers and then smooth out the flyaways. Done.
LATE TO A MEETING (AND IT’S SHOWING ON YOUR FACE):
We’ve all been there: Your last meeting ran 10 minutes over and now you’re running up three flights of stairs to the next one. Blotting papers are the way to go (we especially love the Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens), but if you’re in a jam you can also use toilet seat covers! Yes, that’s right, the kind they have in the bathroom stall at your office. They’re just as effective as store-bought blotting papers, and you can duck in quickly (and discretely) before that very important meeting. Use the backside of the seat cover and gently press on oily areas of your face to erase shine while keeping makeup in place.
CHIPPED NAIL AND NO FILE IN SIGHT:
It happens to even the most manicure-conscious, and there’s not much you can do about that jagged nail it until you find a nail file (we love this flexible diamond nail file). However, check the office kitchen for a stray matchbox and you may be in luck. The side that you swipe the match on (a.k.a. the rough side) also works as a makeshift nail file for when you’re really in a bind.
A FIGHT WITH YOUR BOYFRIEND THAT BRINGS OUT THE UGLY CRY:
Crying at your desk is always humiliating, but it’s even more embarrassing when your face – and eyes – show the signs of your latest breakdown. And for some reason, hysterics always seem to happen on those days that you forget to wear waterproof mascara. If you find yourself resembling a raccoon after your tantrum, try dabbing a little Vaseline under your eyes. Vaseline will help remove the excess mascara, and it adds a nice sheen to the skin to awaken those sad, tired eyes.
A LAST MINUTE MEETING… AND YOU’RE BARE-FACED:
You were running late this morning and forgot that you have a super important meeting; it would’ve been awesome if you had time to put on some makeup, or any makeup for that matter. The trick to averting a completely bare face: Carry a universally flattering lipstick or gloss (like NARS Orgasm) in your purse at all times. Kill two birds with one stone by applying some gloss onto the lips and dab a bit on the apples of your cheeks as well. You’d be surprised what a little lip color and a healthy flush can do to awaken a face.
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-Jamie Stone is founder/editor at HonestlyJamie.com