Ideally, it takes somewhere between one and five minutes to turn your office look into a party-ready face. The best way to do that is with a go-to list of guaranteed tricks: the stay-put lipstick, your boldest mascara, a no-fuss dry shampoo. Given the number of festive occasions on your calendar this time of year, we thought we'd offer up a few of our favorites.
Beauty Director, Britt Aboutaleb
"I usually start the day with just a bit of concealer, so come evening my skin is tired and could use a boost. Giorgio Armani's Maestro Fusion Foundation ($62) evens everything out and leaves a glow in its wake."
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"My hair is flat by 7 p.m., but Joico's Power Spray Fast-Dry Finishing Spray ($17) revives volume. A single spritz is all I need, then I'll run my fingers through my hair to make sure it's evenly distributed."
Fashion Writer/Editor, Tiffany Tse
"I rarely wear eye makeup--blame it on my lack of coordination with a mascara wand--so instead I'll blend a few drops of Benefit's High Beam ($26) on the outer corners of my eyes."
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"Nothing perks up a face like great lashes, so I make sure I have Chanel's Le Volume De Chanel Mascara ($30) on hand. It's expensive--especially the amount I use--but it's totally amazing."
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"I have the tendency to develop a pink nose as the day goes on, so I camouflage it with a
dab of Clinique's Redness Solutions Makeup SPF 15 ($27). It's lightweight, but
gives serious coverage, and it never makes me break out."
Co-Founder and Editorial Director, Hillary Kerr
"Lipstick Queen's Medieval Lipstick ($20) looks intense in the tube, but the color is sheer and makes your lips look like you've spent the day kissing someone, which is never a bad thing."
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"Before leaving the office for a party I'll smudge Tarte's skinny smolderEYES Liner ($19) in Onyx on my top and bottom lash line."
"I normally curl my hair for work, so before I leave the office I'll brush my hair with a boar-bristle brush to score soft waves and set them with L'Oreal's Elnett Hair Spray ($13)."
Associate Beauty Editor, Lexy Lebsack
"If I can only do one touch-up, it's definitely blush. Layering on Nars' Blush ($28) in Deep Throat makes me feel awake and polished!"
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"Since I have fine hair, it can get slightly oily by the end of a work day, especially if I used product that morning. Thankfully, I always pack a travel size of Ojon's Full Detox Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Spray ($13) in my purse."
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"On days when I give the lipstick a rest, I play up my eyes with a thin line of Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($20) in Black. To up the drama for evening, I just flick up the ends for a classic winged cat-eye."
Editorial Assistant, Kat Collings
"I often wear a bright lip to the office, but for night I can pull out the truly intense colors. For a major statement, my go-to is Make Up For Ever's Aqua Cream ($23) in Fuchsia 7."
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"I have a nail polish problem--in that if I wear it, it's chipped by 5 p.m. So I grab one of Cutex's Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover Pads ($4), wipe it off, and then use Deborah Lippmann's Cuticle Oil ($20) to leave my nails shiny, clean, and healthy-looking."
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"Nothing says 'I'm done with work and ready to go out' like a red lip! Nars' Velvet Matte Lip Pencils ($24) deliver a big punch and go on so easily. You don't need a brush or liner or anything other than the pencil itself."
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"Confession: I've used the same perfume for the past five years! It's Fresh's Lemon Sugar ($25), a light scent that's somehow energizing--just what I need for a night of dancing."