When it comes to makeup at the office, I’m a minimalist. Usually I only leave the apartment wearing a bit of moisturizer and sometimes eyebrows, so I like to have my basic essentials handy at the office just in case I have to run out for an unexpected meeting. Here’s what I recommend the modern working girl keep on hand in that top drawer.


A Mascara; In a rush, the one product that can really change up your look is mascara. I generally just bring all of my Sephora samples to the office so they can actually get some use, so I rarely have a full size product with me. This one is theGuerlain ‘Cils d’Enfer Maxilash mascara. It’s actually really nice – it has a large rubber bristled wand, and it faintly smells of roses. A win for me.

A Lip Balm; Honestly, the most necessary item of all. I highly recommend leaving a chapstick or lip balm in the office. There is no worse feeling than unquenchable, chapped lips. My ride or die lip balm is the Carmex one, but I am a stan forAquaphor as well. Whatever tickles your fancy will do.

A Brow Savior; Brows almost tie in with lashes on the look-changing front. I recommend keeping some sort of brow product/liner multi-tasker on deck in case you need a quick smoky eye or brow touch up. This one is from OFRA and I snagged it from a friend’s Ipsy bag. It’s the OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil, and I believe it only comes in one color. It’s a nice, creamy pencil with a decent color match that definitely does the job in a time crunch.

Fragrance Options: Nothing radiates classiness and preparation like a nice scent. This is one where the Sephora samples really do come in handy. Right now I’m switching between the NEST Mini Eau De Parfum Rollerball in Indigo (a sweet, figgy scent) and the Giorgio Armani Si fragrance (a floral, musky scent) and I love both.

Those are my desktop essentials at the moment. I’m on the market for a good touch-up powder to add to the mix, if anyone has any suggestions.

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Miranda Feneberger

Miranda Feneberger

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