Mastering the Art of the Afternoon Freshen-Up

Because it's an important part of the workday.

Let's face it: If you were to plot prettiness along an x-axis representing the workday, the slope would be so negative, right? But! The brief afternoon zhuzhing—to counteract emails/irritating coworkers sucking all the moisture/color/creativity out of our skin/hair/brains—can make that line stick straight up again. Here, we highlight six standout products that get the job done—beautifully.
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No one ever said staring at a computer for 12 hours a day would give you greasy roots, but somehow, it happens. Spritz, wait, brush, and look like a human again. (These get our stamp of approval too.) Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo, $26; moroccanoil.com.
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Again, screens = a yet-undiscovered biological signal to produce more sebum, so tuck a pack of these blotting papers embedded with fancy gold threads into your bag, and pull it out to mop up the shine. Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers, $12; sephora.com.
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The whole not moving thing sucks for maintaining a rosy complexion, so inject some (custom) color and moisture back into your lips. Then go run up a flight of stairs because, news flash, we're all going to die from sitting too much. Dior Addict Lip Glow, $33; sephora.com.
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This is really cool and great for people whose Vitamin D levels are living-in-a-WWII-bunker-all-your-life low. The high-tech formula gradually releases bronzing pigments for warmth and the semblance of having been outside. Perricone Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint, $65; neimanmarcus.com.
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Tip 1: Face sprays reactivate your makeup and plump up your skin. Tip 2: They also make it easier to imagine you're not where you are. Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, $65; sephora.com.
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You know how it's kind of impossible to apply another coat of mascara to lashes that have matted together? This serum takes care of that and paves the way for some of these other techniques. Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection, $16; sephora.com.
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