The chill in the air, twinkling lights decorating buildings, and sparkly accessories at every department store can only mean one thing: Holiday season is fast approaching, and along with it comes the wave of festive parties. Here at InStyle HQ, it may be perfectly normal to keep a drawer (or entire cabinet ...) full of beauty products for that ever-important touch up, but some workplaces may frown on pulling out your entire manicure kit once the clock strikes six. That's why we put together a short list of pre-party essentials that can take you from work to working it in a flash. Keep reading to find out why you need these products in your drawer now, and to shop each one.
Mini Flatiron: Measuing 6 inches, the plates on Amika's Mighty Mini Styler ($29; sephora.com) can smooth frizz or bend ends, and still fit inside your drawer or work tote.
Dry Texturizer: A shot of Drybar's Mini Triple Sec volumizing spray ($12; thedrybar.com) zaps grease and gives you tousled texture right where you want it.
All-in-One Palette: A multi-product palette like YSL's Wildly Gold limited-edition version ($95; yslbeautyus.com) is a one-stop shop with soft blush, lip creams, and both smoky and shimmery shadows.
Concealer: The cool, metal-tipped tube of CoverGirl + Olay's De-Puffer Eye Concealer ($14; drugstore.com) also contains soothing cucumber extract to send eye bags packing.
Glow Booster: Hit refresh on your complexion by dabbing Dr. Hauschka's quick-dry Rose Day Cream ($43; dr.hauschka.com) on top of your base.
Deodorant Wipes: They're not the sexiest props, but these odor-zapping wipes by Whish ($7 for a set of 8; ulta.com) are a hell of a lot easier to carry around than a stick of antiperspirant.