Desk to Dancefloor Beauty

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, picks your desk to dancefloor armoury.

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  • Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

    £21 for 100ml,

    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

    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

    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

    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 [[


    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

    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.