3 Easy Tips For Getting Party-Ready — At Your Desk

Photographed by: Ben Ritter
The holiday party circuit is in full force, meaning plenty of post-work cheer with little-to-no time to get ready. Whether you're attending a fancy dinner or an ugly-sweater bar crawl, there's no excuse not to look your best, and that doesn't need to take an eternity. You may not have the getting-ready leisure of a Saturday night, but you can finesse your pretty party look in 10 minutes at your desk. All you need is a mirror and a couple of key products.
With holiday parties on repeat, it's time to learn the tricks of the trade that'll have you looking your best in less time. Shortcuts shouldn't mean sacrifice, though — you want to sharpen your skills and fine-tune your routine. Whether you prefer fresh-faced with a hit of shimmer or festive with a sexy red lip, follow these three eyes, lips, and cheeks tips to go from work to play in less time than it takes to say "Cheers!"

Put A Lip On It
Your holiday look instantly becomes next-level when you add a bold lip! Lip crayons are the easiest way to draw on a perfect pout and eliminate the need for a lip pencil, where the importance of precision always takes extra time and attention. From deep burgundy to radiant raspberry — or next year's Pantone color, Marsala — red is the obvious choice for holiday. Ranging from rich and moody to playful and romantic, pick a shade that complements your skin and style. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is one of my favorite festive reds: It's full of instant holiday cheer!

Photographed by: Ben Ritter

Add Some Shimmer
The holidays are all about twinkle and sparkle! If you didn't bring glitter to work, an easy substitute is lip gloss. Swipe a little on the back of your hand like a palette. Use your ring finger to dab gloss along the tops of cheekbones and on the eyelid to add a light, reflective shine to your skin. This trick will give you an instant radiance without the time-consuming moisturizer, foundation, and concealer routine.

Photographed by: Ben Ritter

Smoke It Out
The easiest way to add a little drama to your look is to give yourself a quick smoky eye. Dig into the bottom of your purse and pull out that emergency eye pencil. Generously line the inner rim of the bottom lashline all the way from the tear duct to the outer edge. Then, use your ring finger to smudge the product into the lashline. Close your eyes tightly to transfer the product to the top lashline. Go lighter on the liner for a more subtle smoky-chic, or pile on the pencil and exaggerate the smudge for a seriously sultry smoke. I like to pair a statement smoky eye with a natural complexion and neutral lip. Add a little lip balm with a drop of concealer for a quick nude lip, and you're ready to get the party started.

Next week, we'll be back with tips for getting your hair ready for a holiday party — while sitting at your desk, of course.

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