Ever wondered what products lurk inside a beauty editor's top desk drawer? Often found at their computer shrouded in the latest sheet mask (true story), beauty editors have tried, tested, smeared, glooped and spritzed every product under the sun - and then a couple more. Forget what’s on their top shelf, as full-time beauty devotees, the must-haves that have made their 9-5 cut, are 100% 'top-drawer'.
top-drawer adjective: of the highest quality.
Arielle Tsoukatos, Senior Digital Beauty & Lifestyle Editor, InStyle
A signature fragrance is a top drawer must! With notes of orchid and Sicilian mandarin, this feminine scent lasts all day. As an added bonus, I always receive lots of compliments on the classic bottle which adds a touch of glamour to my otherwise drab desk.
Any foundation that I can apply in two-seconds gets my vote. As someone who is not a morning person, I’m often applying this CC cream on-the-go. The creamy texture requires minimal blending yet it’s thin enough to cover any blemishes or skin imperfections.
I love an oil absorbing foam over a spray for two important reasons. Firstly, I can apply the product straight to my roots without worrying about that unsightly ashy residue and because I can use it in the office without suffocating nearby colleagues. It’s a win-win situation.
Carli Alman, Editor, BEAUTYcrew
I’m always hand creaming while I work, so I need one that absorbs quickly so I can get on with my typing and ‘mouse’-ing without missing a beat. I love that this one feels nourishing on my skin, without leaving a greasy film on my hands. The scent is also just right – fragrant enough to be appealing, but not overwhelming to stick around.
I never drink enough water, so my lips are always chapped. I find if I keep an Eight Hour Cream at my desk (and one in my bag, and one in my car) it helps me stay on track to prevent dry, cracked lips.
I often have to go to events after work, and thanks to my oily-combination skin type, it often means My T-zone is looking a little too fresh. I like to dab a bit of this on my forehead, nose and chin to mattify the shine and help my makeup look as fresh as it was when I applied it.
Whether I’m having a particularly bad hair day or a last minute meeting and I need to look considerably more glam than I feel, a good red lipstick will always be my savior. I love how long-lasting this one is (without compromising on comfort) and the true red matte finish adds an instant flair.
Iantha Yu, Beauty Editor, BEAUTYcrew
I’m obsessed with anything peach-scented, so it’s a no-brainer that I have this on my desk and swipe it onto my smackers about 5738 times a day. Bonus points awarded for its hydrating and soothing formula, and slightly-glossy texture.
One thing about working in an open plan office is that there’s always someone with a pesky cough or annoying flu nearby. So, I’m diligent with taking these tablets daily to keep my health in check. Glamorous, right?
As someone with combination skin, I’m always on the lookout for products that can keep my shininess at bay. Here’s where these clever little sheets come in handy – they’re really absorbent, and can be pressed onto my without disrupting the placement of my makeup underneath.