Whether you’re off to school or work, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got some of these low-maintenance beauty items handy as you charge forth through your day. And that’s especially true if you’re expecting to stay up through the night—in the library or at the office.
There’s no need to bring your entire makeup bag and skin care routine with you. There are some lovely makeup and skin care products out there that are tiny and multipurpose, perfect for when you need to freshen up as you go about your business. Don’t stress about feeling undone as the day progresses—most likely you already look fabulous. But we know the power of a quick freshening up, and we are here to help.
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Here are 12 low-maintenance beauty products to have when you need to pull an all-nighter.
1. shape tape contour concealer
It doesn’t make sense to reapply a whole face full of foundation or powder mid-day if you feel like it’s starting to wear off. But your trusty concealer can help to brighten up spots that might be looking less than fabulous after a few hours.
Tarte | $25
2. Balm Dotcom
While we’re fans of all flavors of the Balm Dotcom, you can’t beat the original, scent-free version. It’s multi-purpose, so you can use it to not just on your lips, but also on cuticles, dry spots—or even on your eyelids for a nice gloss.
Glossier | $12
3. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Mouthwash Tab
No need to bring a toothbrush with you. These tablets activate with water to turn into a portable mouthwash.
Lush | $10
4. Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF
You need to be refreshing your SPF on the go, but it’s such a pain to haul around heavy bottles of sunscreen. This handy tube is not only light as a feather and easy to pop into a bag, but it’s gentle on your skin and ultra-powerful when it comes to fighting UV rays.
MDSolar | $18
5. SUGAR POPPY TINTED LIP TREATMENT SUNSCREEN
Protect your lips from the sun and give your face a nice pop of color.
Fresh | $24
6. CLEAR BROW GEL
If you’re a brow fanatic, just toss this gel into your bag for as-needed touch-ups to keep your brows going all out of whack and driving you nutso.
Anastasia Beverly Hills | $22
7. Slant Tweezer
Why is it that the light is never as good in your bathroom as it is when you’re out and about? If you keep your tweezers on hand, you can touch up those strays no matter where you might be.
Tweezerman | $23
8. Mini Salon Board Nail File 3 Pack
You never know where you’ll be when you break a nail, and there’s nothing worse than having a scraggly, sharp nail poking you all day long. If you toss a nail file in your bag, you’ll never have to suffer for long.
Target | $2
9. Beach Stick
If we were on a desert island with one piece of makeup, it’d be this. Just swipe along your cheekbones for some instant glow and contour, and you’ll look like you’ve been sunning yourself on a beach instead of hard at work.
Charlotte Tilbury | $45
10. Gourmand Hand Cream
You never know when you’re going to use a public restroom with a soap dispenser that turns your hand skin into the Sahara, so always keep some hand cream on you. It’s also perfect for when you need a nice subtle scent but don’t have perfume.
Urban Outfitters | $8
11. UO Travel Hair Brush
Long or short, all hair can benefit from a few mid-day touch-ups.
Urban Outfitters | $8
12. 16-Ounce Glass Water Bottle
Beauty starts from the inside out, you know that! You’re way more likely to stay hydrated if you have a cute water bottle handy at all times.
BKR | $35