11 am: Midmorning makeover
A variety of environmental factors— from weather to your workload—can equal fading makeup, falling hair and moisture-sapped skin. Take control with a few well-timed tweaks.
Get dewy Perk up a dull complexion with a hydrating mist containing hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture from the air and locks it in, to refresh makeup, as well as temporarily plump up fine lines. d) derma e Hyaluronic Hydrating Mist ($14; dermae.com) cools as well as moisturizes, with or without makeup.
Moisturize Frequent hand-washing at work is a good way to keep germs at bay but can seriously dry out your skin. Therefore, keeping lotion on hand (literally!) is crucial—apply it when skin is damp to lock in moisture. e) MyChelle Dermaceuticals Hand Cream ($13;mychelle.com) contains olive and pumpkin seed oils to replenish skin’s lipid barrier and salicylic acid to smooth rough patches.
Tame flyaways If your locks are lacking luster, grab a product containing a natural shine enhancer. “A blend of avocado and grapeseed oil will nourish hair and fight frizz,” says Sacha Quarles, a Pravana celebrity stylist in New York City. Rub the product between your hands before applying to your hair to ensure even distribution, he suggests. f) L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil ($29; lorealprofessionnel-us.com) seals split ends and smoothes flyaways with no sticky residue.
3 pm: Afternoon delight
Midafternoon is when many people experience an energy slump, and that fatigue can take its toll on your face—so call in some reinforcements!
Go matte “Skin releases sebum [oil] throughout the day,” says Gerstner. This can give skin an unwelcome sheen in the last few hours you’re at work. Rather than absorbing it with piles of powder, which can end up looking cakey and gather in fine lines, making them more pronounced, dab a blotting paper made with natural materials on your face, recommends Robyn Cosio, a celebrity makeup artist and brow specialist at the Sally Hershberger salon in Los Angeles. g) Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens ($10; sephora.com) are infused with green tea for a boost of antioxidants.
Pamper your pucker The gloss on your lips is likely a distant memory by now—so apply a mineral shine product for a hydrating, longlasting pop of color. Tip: To make color last longer, line outer edges and fill in lips with a pencil, then apply gloss over it. h) GloMinerals Perfect Lip Duo ($19; gloprofessional.com) is formulated with natural high-pigmented minerals like mica, titanium and iron oxide.
Look alive “Seeing yourself looking tired in the mirror can make you feel tired, too,” says Cosio. But faking a glow—by swirling an iridescent blush on the apples of your cheeks—can boost your energy as much as a catnap. i) Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact (shown in Nectar) ($39; bobbibrowncosmetics .com) warms up skin and highlights cheeks.