It’s seven o’ clock, you’re still swamped at work and you’re expected at a Christmas party in thirty minutes. What do you do? Kit yourself out with a set of failsafe, multi-purpose beauty products that will have you looking your usual Saturday night best in no time, of course. Here, Stylist.co.uk picks your desk to dancefloor armoury.
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Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
£21 for 100ml, www.jurlique.co.uk
Prep your skin for the night ahead with this hydrating rosewater which instantly refreshes make-up, and calms down stress-induced redness.
Andrea Fulerton Peel Off Varnish in Donna
Back of the cab splodges can now be easily corrected with this genius polish – just peel off and start again.
Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Foundation
With its in-built brush applicator, this great foundation is easily blended over areas that require extra coverage, whilst cleverly highlighting to eliminate signs of tiredness.
Laura Mercier Secret Finish Mattifying Crème
£23, 0800 123 4000 or johnlewis.com
Refresh day-old foundation at your desk by lightly patting this shine controlling liquid-gel over your makeup.
Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm
£19.50, 01932 233 824 or escentual.com
This trouble-shooting 2-in-1 jar provides a luminous natural glow to the cheek and a transparent glossy pink plumping effect to the lip.
MeMeMe Beat the Blues in Sunbeam
Dab this illuminator high up on the cheekbones, underneath eyebrows and over your cupids bow to brighten up dull air-conditioned skin.
Burberry Bronzer in Warm Glow
£30, 08457 897 072 or uk.burberry.com
Use a light-shade bronzer to inject not only a healthy glow to the face but also a dusting of natural colour to shoulders and the décolleté.
Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Rich Red
£18, 0870 034 2566 or [[http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/templates/product/spp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT20985&PRODUCT_ID=PROD77236 esteelauder.co.uk
Transform yourself from office casual to glamour puss with a slick of red lipstick and keep the rest of your make-up clean and stripped back.
Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Elate
White eyeliner is a make-up artist’s secret weapon for brightening and opening up tired, computer-strained eyes.
Batiste Original Dry Shampoo
£2.05 for 150ml, 01695 651 091 or ASOS.com
Spray onto flat, greasy roots to give hair an instant hit of volume; just remember to brush through afterwards to avoid tell-tale cloudy roots.