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As we increasingly spend more time at our workplaces, they are slowly becoming our second homes. With so many of us going to the gym, meeting up with friends or attending other social events straight from our office desks, having a few makeup essentials in our drawers has become a  must. We reveal our day-to-night makeup must-have list in this handy guide.

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Eyeliner and Mascara

Depending on how much makeup you usually wear to work, having an eyeliner or a tub of mascara could be a lifesaver if you suddenly have an unexpected evening invitation. If you usually wear mascara for your day look, you can simply pop an eyeliner into your top drawer to have it just in case.

If you decide on keeping a mascara tub in your desk, always make sure it is not passed its use-by date, which is 2-3 months, and 6-12 months for eyeliners.

MUA MUA Matte Liquid Eyeliner - Black £2.00 Buy Now
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Maybelline Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara Black 9.5ml £7.99 Buy Now

Hand Cream

Most offices are air conditioned which makes skin dry. Our hands suffer the most because we are likely to use hand dryers after we wash our hands when we are at work.

Thankfully, this is nothing to worry about as you can simply keep a hand cream in your drawer and apply it any time you feel your hands are a bit on the dry side.

Nivea Nivea Hand Nourishing Cream 30ml £1.50 Buy Now
Palmer's Palmer's Cocoa Butter Intensive Relief Hand Cream 60g £2.99 Buy Now
Superdrug Superdrug Hand Cream Intensive Moisture 75ml £1.49 Buy Now

Dry Shampoo

If you have an event after work, or you love going to the gym during your lunch break, it’s a good idea to keep a bottle of dry shampoo in your desk.

Simply spray it on to your roots to refresh those strands. The dry shampoo will soak up all of the excess oils and prevent the roots from getting greasy – it’s perfect to use between hair washes too.

Batiste Batiste Stylist Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray £4.29 Buy Now
Colab COLab Tropical Dry Shampoo 200ml £3.49 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris Elvive L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Air Dry Shampoo 150ml £3.99 Buy Now

Hand Sanitiser

If you commute to work or don’t always have time to give your hands an extra wash – antibacterial hand sanitiser can prove to be very useful.

Remember, don’t use hand gel as an alternative to washing your hands, and rather use it in times when soap and water are out of reach.

Superdrug Superdrug Strawberry Hand Gel 100ml £0.61 Buy Now
Carex Carex Fun Strawberry Laces Hand Gel 50ml £1.09 Buy Now
Cuticura Cuticura Passion Flower Hand Gel £1.49 Buy Now

Deodorant and Your Favourite Scent

Did you know that the highest sweat rates of an adult can be up to 2–4 liters per hour or 10–14 litres per day? Although this extreme doesn’t happen daily, we still sweat throughout the day, so having a desk deodorant is key especially in the summer or if you commute in stuffy, crowded trains daily.

It’s also handy to have a small bottle of your favourite scent in your drawer – or you can put some perfume samples in there instead – in case you have to run to an event straight after work, or you have an important meeting to attend. This doesn’t mean that you need to spray a lot of it, a light spritz of perfume can boost your mood as well as confidence.

Paco Rabanne Paco Rabanne Olympéa Eau de Parfum 30ml £34.00 Buy Now
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Ghost Ghost Eclipse Eau de Toilette 75ml £50.00 Buy Now

Oil Sheets and Face Wipes

We all have days when we need to take our makeup off and feel fresh-faced. This is why face wipes can really useful.

They also are a lifesaver if you are not happy with your makeup and you just want to start over. Oily skin in particular can get really shiny in an air-conditioned office, so oil sheets can be really helpful to keep the unwanted glow at bay.

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B. B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes £1.45 Buy Now
Nip + Fab Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Fix Cleansing Pads x60 £4.95 Buy Now

Lip balm with added SPF

Just like skin, your lips can get dry and dehydrated. Your skin produces natural oils throughout the day to help it stay hydrated, while your lips don’t.

Another reason you can get chapped lips easily is not protecting them from the sun’s harmful rays. Luckily, all you need to do is have a lip balm with added SPF handy, either in your desk drawer or in your bag.

Balmi Balmi Cube Blister Cherry 7G ML SPF 15 Bling £3.29 Buy Now
Carmex Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm Strawberry SPF 15 10g £2.69 Buy Now
Nivea Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm SPF 15 4.8g £0.99 Buy Now

Lipstick

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Heading out straight after office hours? Nothing beats a lick of lipstick when it comes to transforming your look with a single stroke.

It’s a good idea to keep your favourite lipstick shade in your drawer, it will prove to be a confidence booster, and generally will save the day for when an after work event pops up unplanned

MUA MUA Lipstick - Bare £1.00 Buy Now
Bourjois Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick Ole Flamingo 5 £8.99 Buy Now
Makeup Revolution Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Lipstick Chauffeur 3.2G £3.00 Buy Now

Powder

Keeping a compact powder in your drawer can be a lifesaver, especially if you have oily skin. Simply cover the T-zone to prevent unwanted glow, or you can apply a light dusting to your whole face for extra coverage.

GOSH GOSH Velvet Touch Primer & Setting Powder - Transparent £9.99 Buy Now
Rimmel Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder Warm Beige 6 £3.99 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris True Match Powder C1 Rose Ivory 9g £6.99 Buy Now