The desk till dawn drawer edit, you know the drill. Beauty bits, kept desk side to jazz things up for post-work shenanigans without even having to leave your chair. It’s an overdone concept but when questioning some mates at a recent dinner about what topics they’d find most useful, this came out top. So Emma, this one’s for you…
Elemental Herbology Flower Harmonising Mist – A foundation freshen-upper is probably the most integral part of this edit. This can be used later on in the day to re-dew your base up and to prep it for any touch-ups that are coming its way. Another spray post-powder means things won’t look too cakey but should stick around till bedtime. It also has a hint of rose to it which gives it a body spray-like quality. Is there anything it doesn’t do?
L’Oreal Perfect Match La Touche Magique ConcealerÂ in Ivory BeigeÂ - Finding a foundation that looks good layered over a base that’s been there for 12 hours is a near impossible brief to fill, so I propose just dabbing on concealer where required. Whip out your fingertips, snub the brush and get blending. This one in particular gives good coverage with just the right dose of illumination.
CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in B20 – I’m not hugely into powder but even I can accept that after a long day a quick dusting can work wonders. Something that’s light with a hint of colour is your best bet here. Extra points if it comes with its own brush and mirror. This CHANEL one scores on both counts.
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Creme Bronzer in Riviera – For adding colour to the cheeks, practicality-wise you can’t beat a good cream colour. No brush required and you don’t even really need a mirror (just feel out the fatty, fleshy bit of your cheek). I’ve gone for bronzer over blush for one reason; it can double up as a quick wash of colour over the lids too. Simples.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Bronze – I sometimes find mascara over mascara to be a bit of a gloop-tastic crumbly disaster zone, so to oomph up the eyes for the evening I rely on a nice slick of eyeliner. Outer corners, top lashline, under eye smudge – whatever you fancy.
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 401 – It’s clichÃ©, but a well-executed red lip is the easiest way to take things from desk to ‘dayum‘. I went for this Armani pick because it doesn’t require any fancy application techniques; no liner is needed and it balances being long-lasting with adding just the right amount of moisture to your pout. Perfect if you’ve neglected the lip balm all day. *Raises hand*
Diptyque Volutes Solid Perfume – A solid perfume is the most compact way to keep any whiffs at bay. Personally I’m a fan of this scent from Diptyque: it’s sort of smokey, sexy without being obviously so and somehow manages to say ‘TGIF, someone pass the G&T’. Prod your finger in and dot on pressure points.
Oribe Dry Texturising Spray – The spritz to blitz those flat Friday hair woes. Common’ you knew this would be here, right? It plumps, breezes locks with a matte texture and leaves things looking styled without the use of a brush (one less thing to house in your drawer). Plus the scent helps to freshen things up; it’s an all-round win win.
After work Friday drinks? Sorted.