Introduction: Beauty Basics: Desk to Dinner in Under 15 Minutes

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1. Lightweight foundation: Use a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer product over your existing makeup for a fresh appearance and lovely, uniform complexion. Here I've used CoverGirl Natureluxe Silk Foundation in Maple.

2. Add luminizer: Dot luminizer on key areas under the eyes, down the nose and around the marionette lines. Blend in with your ring fingers.  Always keep a luminizer / concealer combination at your desk. You'll cover unwanted blemishes and dark circles and add photo-ready luminosity.

3. Add mascara: Apply lengthening mascara. Longer lashes are the key to a dazzling, tasteful look.

4. Create a smoky eye: Multipurpose tools are essential at all times! Use a dual-ended shadow stick to give yourself a quick smoky eye that adds pop. I love the CoverGirl Smoky Shadowblast in Bronze Fire.

5. Apply blush. Always keep a pretty pink or lipstick and/or stain on hand. You can use them as blush in a pinch! I'm a huge fan of the CoverGirl lipsticks.

6. Apply lip stain: Add it under your lipstick or gloss. A lip stain in a similar color under lipstick will give you long-lasting results and staying power, even through eating and drinking all night.

7. Add fragrance: Always keep some of your favorite perfume at your desk.

8. Accessorize: It's a good idea to keep headbands, hair ties, and beautiful evening earrings in your desk. You never know when they'll come in handy.