Sometimes, when the workday slumps by slowly, carefully applied morning makeup can morph into a less-than-fresh look. Even if you don’t have time for a full-on midday makeup application, these three essentials will transform your look in an instant. Toss them in your daytime bag—or just keep them at your desk—to beat the afternoon blues. 

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Blotting Papers
Is the stress of the day (last minute conference calls and presentations anyone?) giving your skin a less-than-lovely sheen? Reach for blotting papers, which will absorb the oil but leave your makeup intact. We keep a stack of Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Beauty Papers around at all times just in case.

The quickest way to brighten your look is to hide dark circles and any blemishes that that may have decided to rear its ugly head. Since concealer is usually petite, it’s the perfect on-the-go tool to carry. We swear by Maybelline Fit Me Concealer for a fresh, breathable finish.

For an instant mood-lift, refresh your lipstick anytime. If you opt for a pink hue, you can even blend the color into the apples of your cheeks in place of blush. Our bright pick of the moment is Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in Tropical Pink.  

 Photos: thinkstock; Tatcha; Giorgio Armani; Yves Saint Laurent

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