Top 10 Beauty Products For The Busy And Working Woman

As any woman probably knows that keeping healthy skin in this stressful world is not an easy feat.

With congested city air, processed foods and beauty products that do more damage than good, us women are constantly combating our environment for a fresh-faced look.

Before buying expensive beauty products with bold promises, it’s important to do some research. What is the product made of? Has it been tested? And, of course, does it actually work?

Doing this type of beauty product research is critical for both our face and bank account’s future, but it also takes time, time that the modern woman often does not have to waste.

To save you the time and hassle of beauty product research, we’ve asked the makeup-loving women in our network to share their skin-care and makeup essentials that complete their workday look.

With the advice of these women, we’ve put together the top 10 beauty products for the busy and working woman.

1. Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask by Kiehl’s

Made with Amazonian White clay, this Kiehl’s cleansing mask purifies the skin and minimizes stubborn pores.

This is the perfect mask for a woman who doesn’t always have the time to eat healthy during the workweek.

Rather than letting your skin reap the unfortunate consequences of unhealthy eating, use this mask once or twice a week to unclog and rejuvenate your skin.


2. DIORSHOW Mascara by Dior

Mascara is a makeup must! Despite your relationship with eyeliner, mascara is the easy-to-use essential to make your eyes pop.

There is nothing more disappointing than dull eyelashes, and there is nothing more distracting than clumped mascara.

That being said, it’s important to invest in a mascara that strikes a balance between the two. We recommend Dior’s DIORSHOW Mascara for all your bold lash needs.


3. Bye Bye Under Eye by IT Cosmetics

This under eye concealer is perfect for the woman on the go.

Makeup lover and co-creator of Call-Congress, Ruby Choonoo deems Bye Bye Under Eye her all-time favorite beauty product.

To help all the women out there with their morning makeup routine, Choonoo gave us some insider advice about this miracle concealer:

“It’s a little thick, but if you rub it in between your fingers to warm it up, it goes on smoothly and stays on all day”


4. Lip Balm by Carmex

As crazy as it may seem, lip balm makes this top 10 beauty product list. Despite loving a good lipstick, moisturizing lip balm, not lipstick, is a working woman’s lip care essential.

Lip balm keeps your lips hydrated and healthy, and to top it off, gives your lips the perfect subtle shine.

Unfortunately, several lip balms have been proven to dehydrate the lips (to capitalistically ensure that you keep using and keep buying the product), so make sure you don’t grab just any lip balm off the shelf. For a lip balm that truly hydrates the lips, we recommend Carmex.


5. Cleansing Beauty Oil by Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Beauty Oil is a makeup remover that effectively and efficiently removes makeup without any sort of irritation.

Take it from us, this is by far our favorite makeup remover on the market. It’s easy to use, gentle on the face, and keeps your skin hydrated.

With dry hands and a dry face, squirt three pumps of the oil into your hands and massage onto your skin, eyelids, and eyelashes.

Knowing how much we millennials love mascara, your whole face is bound to be streaked with black mascara by the time you’re done rubbing your face.

Despite how big the mess may seem, spray or splash some water on yourself and watch all the makeup effortlessly come off.


6. Congested Skin Serum by Balance Me

This skin serum is the perfect addition to your morning routine. Made with essential oils, this Balance Me product naturally combats the facial effects of stress and pollution.

Apply this serum after washing your face and follow it with moisturizer to soften the skin. This serum is often sold out, showing just how popular and useful it truly is.

Make sure you keep an eye out for when it’s restocked!


7. White Eyeliner by NYX

Watch out ladies, NYX White Eyeliner may just become your makeup equivalent to coffee.

To hide sleepless nights and a stressful work week from your friends and family, use white eyeliner on in the waterline of your lower lashes.

Doing this creates the illusion of a bigger, more-alert eye, one that hasn’t been running on four espressos a day for the past month. The best part about this makeup hack is that the NYX Eyeliner is only $3.50!


8. Perfect Brow Pencil by Anastasia Beverly Hills

For the busy working woman, there is no need (or time) for a full face of makeup. That being said, there may be a desperate call for a little eyebrow definition prior to bolting out of the house.

Bold eyebrows are the leading beauty trend of the decade, making the eyebrow pencil a definite beauty essential. Regardless of the many pencils on the market, Anastasia is the leading lady in eyebrows, and so we recommend picking up her Perfect Brow pencil.

If you don’t believe in the importance of eyebrow definition, take it from actress Olivia Wilde:

“I tend to go with a daytime look, pretty natural, but I always fill in my eyebrows.”


9. Hydrating Face Cream by Bobbi Brown

Don’t settle for dry, flaky skin, and don’t settle for anything less than a perfect moisturizer.

This Bobbi Brown face cream is perfect for the working woman who is tired of wasting money on moisturizers that further dry out the skin, despite their promise to do the opposite. Use this face cream to hydrate as well as prep the skin for concealer or foundation.

The price tag on this skin care product may be a little steep, but, unlike other products out there, it is sure to work.


10. Liquid Eye Liner by stila

If you’ve got a little extra time in the morning, liquid eyeliner may just become your best friend.

To achieve a classic doe-eyed look for the office, use liquid liner to outline the natural curve of the eye.

Or to spice things up, make a small wing that branches from the outer edge of the eye. The key to liquid eyeliner success is practice, so don’t let a first-time failure turn you away from this beauty product. 

For the best, easy-to-use liner check out stila’s Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner.

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Made of stardust and dirt, Alana is a Massachusetts native who fell in love with New York City and then fell in love with the universe. An art lover, journalist and experimental fiction writer, Alana is thoroughly obsessed with red wine, sea salt caramel truffles and metaphysics. Find her at home boiling some lemon water and reading about altered states of consciousness.