5 Editors Share Their Must-Have Products for Midday Touch-Ups
We Byrdie girls have a lot in common, if not just for the fact that we all work for the same company. Our taste in beauty products, however, is alarmingly similar—it's clear that we enjoy facial mists and setting sprays, matte lip colors, and blotting papers, among other midday touch-up staples we can't leave home without. As lovers of beauty and makeup, we cringe at the thought of having a shiny T-zone or feathered lipstick, which is why we've gotten our 3 p.m. touch-up routine down to a science. Keep scrolling to shop our favorite products to refresh our makeup.
Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder ($36)
"Any shine or concealer creasing that's happened by around 2 p.m. can be instantly fixed with this portable pressed product. In the middle of the day, you don't want to mess with loose powder, and this compact is both explosion-proof and convenient for toting along in your day bag. Plus, the formula itself is silky and lightweight (though buildable!). I apply this either with a retractable kabuki brush (Too Faced's version, $34, is great) or even my Beautyblender ($20) in a pinch."
Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon ($18)
"In an effort to cut down on my habit of carrying six trillion lip products in my bag at once, I like to keep a lip liner close by instead. I find that retouching your lip color with liner, instead of lipstick, is quicker and more precise. Plus, a stick of lip liner can fit in any purse, no matter how small, no problem. This self-sharpening liner by Tarte glides on super smoothly and is my overall fave of the moment."
Almay Oil Free Makeup Eraser Sticks ($7)
"Around noon, my eyeliner and mascara start sneakily exploring parts of my face where they're not supposed to go, and these makeup remover–filled cotton swaps help me fix that. They're affordable, simple to use, and work well to remove rogue makeup without disturbing the rest of your face."
La Mer The Powder ($65)
"I completely agree with Amanda's sentiment that pressed powder isn't ideal for a quick touch-up at the office, but I find that if I run home between work and an event or drinks with friends, I love using the puff that comes with this powder to buff away shine. While I'm not usually a fan of loose powder, this particular product is virtually undetectable on the face and blends seamlessly without looking chalky. I love it!"
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers ($12)
"My midday touchup go-to would have to be Tatcha Blotting Papers. I'll typically touch up my concealer, wipe the mascara from eyelids (#hoodedlidproblems), and reapply a dab of my favorite blush (Maybelline's Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush, $7), but nixing the oil from my T-zone makes a world of difference. I have a pack of Tatcha's blotting papers stashed in every handbag I own."
French Girl Organics Néroli Facial Toner ($9)
"I don't really touch up my makeup during the day—maybe a couple swipes of a lip product—but whether I'm feeling dry, oily, or just need a little pick-up, I always have a face mist on hand. It's a great way to re-set my makeup, give my skin a dose of hydration, and just wake me up in general. I have at least a dozen different ones, but right now I'm loving French Girl's Néroli Facial Toner. It has such a lovely scent, and it's completely natural and organic."
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers ($12)
Turns out Faith's also a big fan of these papers: "I count these delicate gold-flecked blotting papers as a purse (and car, and vanity) essential. My skin gets shiny around 2 p.m., and these luxurious sheets soak up all the shine without messing with my makeup."
May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden ($60)
"Ana from green beauty site LaVert Beauty sent this face mist to me recently, and I am fully obsessed. You can use it as a toner, but I keep it on my desk to wake up my skin (and myself) any time the I'm feeling the midday slump. One spritz (okay, maybe three spritzes) later, and my skin looks plump and dewy, and I smell faintly of jasmine. It's the ultimate skin indulgence."
Milk Makeup Lip Color ($22)
"This is my new favorite lip color, hands down. The formula is semi-matte, and the swivel-up tip and slightly angled shape make it so easy to apply. The shade in the photo doesn't do it justice—in person, it's the perfect pinky-taupe. I reach for it before meetings and know I don't have to worry about it feathering or getting all over. Also, it smells like a citrus Starburst, and just makes me happy every time I apply."
Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder ($37)
"This powder is a godsend. It prolongs the wear and texture of your makeup, as well as reflects light to blur pores and imperfections. The coolest part is that it actually adjusts to different sources of light (the sun, the office, a bar) and keeps you shine-free with a hint of highlight. If I'm on my way to an important meeting or even want a quick touch-up, this is what I reach for—always."
NYX Matte Lipstick ($6)
"NYX's pale pink shade is almost my natural lip color, so it's really great to keep in the office on days I need something a bit extra than au naturel. I just swipe, blot, and go. It's matte and light, but also barely looks like I'm wearing anything at all—and never high maintenance to look after."
Too Faced Instant Attitude Brow Lift ($20)
"This pencil is technically made to highlight the brow bone—which I do—but I like to use it as liner on my bottom waterline as well. I've mentioned this trick before, but a subtle nude-colored line works instantly to brighten, whiten, and enlarge the look of your eyes (and disguise any lingering exhaustion from the previous night). It's so easy and so effective."
"Hello, my name is Hallie Gould and I'm a Beauty Elixir addict. I carry one of these guys in my bag wherever I go—and keep one in my bathroom as well as on my desk at work. It's just the perfect travel-size spray to pick me right up. It's an aromatherapeutic scent that practically transports you to a spa in the South of France with just one spritz. The spray also contains a ton of essential oils that work to quickly boost the radiance of your skin—I like to spray it on my face, neck, and hands and then rub them together and breath it all in."
What do you love to use to touch up your makeup? Please share with us below!