We’ve all been there. That meeting has gone on for WAY too long – thanks for putting it in for 5pm, Susan – and now you’re running late to meet your date for your romantic evening. Here’s how to get your hair and makeup looking Valentine’s-Day-fab al-desko.

Sort out your under-eye area

You’ve left the house with your liner and mascara on point, but ended up at 5pm with panda eyes. Keep B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes in your desk drawer (even you sensitive-skinned lot can use them), to sweep away any flecks of mascara and smudged kohl under the lower lid.

Quench that complexion

Skin in need of a pick-me-up? A top trick Rihanna swears by is to reapply moisturiser throughout the day. It’ll give you a radiant glow for your date and help you feel more awake in the bargain. Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Mist is our desk-side go-to, so spritz it on before you top up your makeup.

Stick-on nails = instant mani

Don’t have time to head to the nail bar? Pop on some falsies instead. Kiss Impress Fake Nails in Shimmer are pre-glued, so you can simply peel off the backing, stick ’em on and be good to go.

Braid hair in the morning, then shake it out

If you want to wow your date with tousled come-hither hair, style it into a tight French braid in the morning, then undo it when it’s time to leave work. It should be all gorgeous and wavy, so just seal it with a quick blast of hairspray. John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hairspray is handbag-friendly and prevents the weather frizzing up your ’do.

Get to glowin'

Pep up sallow skin with a pop of colourful highlighter on the cheeks. GOSH Strobe ’N Glow Kit is a highlighter, bronzer, strobe and blush in one. Mix and match the shimmering shades to get your desired level of luminous – just smile in your desk mirror and blend onto the apples of the cheeks for a pretty flush. 

If all else fails, rock a red lip

If your complexion is looking tired, refresh your makeup with a pop of killer rouge. It’ll distract from tired eyes and deliver sexy evening glam in an instant. B. Matte Liquid Lipstick in Fire Starter creates a rich matte finish that’s kiss- and drink-straw-proof.