So we’ve looked at our handbag contents and the basics we want to have to freshen ourselves up a little. But freshening up properly is also an art. Immaculate makeup makes messy or dirty hair stand out. Or smeared makeup can ruin a look completely. So what shall we keep on us to make sure we’re properly freshened up? And how do we go through the steps?
1: Your kit.
Depending on how long you’re out, you’ll want more or less. You can keep all of these on you at all times, but it isn’t necessary to go beyond the essential. For 0-3h: lips, eyes, comb, baby wipes, hair spray. For 3-7h add: makeup bag, hairbrush, aftershave, deodorant, nail kit, mouthwash. For 7h+ add: razor, tweezers, dry shampoo, baby oil, chewy toothbrush. For busy, sweaty or intense jobs, regardless of hours: lips, eyes, dry shampoo, hairbands, baby wipes, aftershave, deodorant.
2: 0-3h. Polish up.
If you’ve been running around a lot, been working for a few hours or just not quite feeling the love, this is what you’re going to do.
Wipe your armpits, neck and chest.
Touch up your lips, eyeliner and concealer.
Fix your hair.
3: 3-7h. Fixing up.
You’ve been on your feet a lot, maybe spilt coffee on your trousers, had to run from one office to another, had lunch or a snack and had an itch on your face that smeared your makeup a little. This process sounds like a lot, but is very quick and leaves you looking 9am-fresh.
Wipe your face down first, then your armpits, neck, chest and crotch. Then, pat armpits and inner thighs with a baby wipe moistened with aftershave, to kill any bacterial overload.
Make sure your nails are clean and not damaged.
Wash your mouth out.
Reapply your makeup.
Reapply deodorant and fix your hair.
4: 7h+. Sorting out.
So the work day is over or almost over and you haven’t had a chance to fix up, maybe not even to polish up! And to boot, there isn’t much time to tidy up, let alone to have a shower. You want to feel better, look nice for when you’re home or going on a date or meeting some more important clients and you have your freshening kit on the ready.
First of all, start chewing on your chewy toothbrush.
Now wipe down your face, armpits, neck, chest, crotch, hands and feet.
Pat every fold and crevice with an aftershave moistened baby wipe.
Use baby oil on dry feet and hands.
Check and fix up your nails.
Brush your hair and apply dry shampoo.
Reapply your makeup.
Brush out the dry shampoo.
Spit out the toothbrush and rinse your mouth.
5: Job specific.
If your job is very messy, sweaty or active, then here are some hints to help keep you fresh.
-First of all, if you’re not already doing it: dress for your job. Heavy makeup for a primary school teacher not only looks odd to parents, but will be ruined within hours. Think practical.
-Wipe down sweat every morning, use the aftershave trick and once it’s dry, apply 48h deodorant. This cleans you from night sweat, kills bacteria and locks in future sweat and smell.
-Keep spare hairbands, nail polish and a small sewing kit on hand. If you’re likely to break something once a week, keep spares just in case.
-Keep some good quality, skin-safe fabric cleaner at work. You never know when coffee, permanent marker, ketchup or oil may strike!
And that is how to freshen up.
TTFN and Happy Hunting.
How do you freshen up? What is your job like? Do you have any helpful hints to share, or any tricks you’ve picked up over the years? Would love to hear them!