A flurry of holiday party invites to means you’ll need to have a few tricks in your desk drawer for the next month or so. Picture it: it’s 5:35pm, and you have a holiday party to be at by 6pm. You’re still sitting at your computer, trying to finish up ONE. LAST. EMAIL. before you go—and if you don’t leave in less than 10 minutes, you’ll never get there in time. Somehow you need to get ready quickly and get out the door looking perfectly pretty (and not like you slogged through the last 8 hours of meetings, emails, spreadsheets and phone calls…and surreptitious Instagram peeks).
Going to a weeknight party takes a bit of planning. You need an office-to-evening outfit (something with a bit of sparkle maybe?), but you also need office-to-party makeup that brings a bit of bling to your look. These 4 beauty tips and products are perfect for adding a little after-work pizazz.
1. Go with a Smoky Eye
Add a touch of glam with a smoky eye. So simple, forgiving (when you’re pressed for time), dramatic and a party classic, it’ll make your eyes the star attraction. We recommend the Pacifica Natural Eye Pencil–it glides on smooth in a waterproof formula that won’t budge or fade (if you want to smudge it, do it with your fingers or a brush before color sets).
2. Add a Boost with Mascara
As you take your look from day to night, this volumizing mascara is the perfect product to boost your lashes and amp up the eyes. It will also banish fatigue and give you a wide-eyed, younger look (which we can all use after a day of reading emails). Go all out with the Fitglow Beauty Vegan Good Lash +. The “Millionizing Brush” evenly thickens lashes from root to tip.
3. Grab Some Attention with a Party Pout
Just putting on a coat of bright red lipstick makes every woman look instantly glamorous. These luscious last-all-night Mineral Fusion Lipstick Butter are bound to turn heads (try a rich red for a festive look). These lip pencils make it simple to have exact application (without sharpening!) and the cocoa seed butter, avocado oil, cranberry seed oil, and shea butter moisturize and hydrate lips (for perfect kisses on Santa’s cheeks?).
4. Get Cheeky
The artificial air of most office spaces can really dull the skin, so we love this simple highlighter, which gives our cheekbones an instant burst of radiance. We also love that the Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Classic is totally multi-purpose and can be used on your eyes, lips, cheeks, and chin for one-stop highlighting.