Over the past year, the unemployment rate for millennials fell by 1.3%. That means thousands of people who were eating ramen while job-hunting in their pajamas a year ago now have to put on pants, do their hair and makeup, and go to work. Luckily, stylish women like J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons and Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso have shown that you can look professional without being the Executive Director of Yawns.
The key to balancing style and substance is finding a look versatile enough for any situation that may arise — and, these 17 essential beauty products deliver. While the rules outlined here are mostly for people climbing the ladder in corporate America (where mastering the art of subtlety is essential), there are some helpful tips and tricks in here for those of us in the creative world, too. So, whether you’re just getting your ID badge made or you’re already an office bigwig with her own bathroom, we all want the same things: touchable hair, glowing skin, well-defined eyes, pretty lips, and a corner office bathed in natural light. Is that really too much to ask for?