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The heat is on – and you’re working 9-5. Here’s how to survive summer in the office, Glamour-style

Staying cool while looking professional is more about what you leave off than what you add on. So, don’t sweat the big stuff; it’s the little things that make all the difference. Want to say no to make-up meltdowns, out-of-control hair frizz and unhappy skin? Keep reading! We can’t guarantee a totally stress-free work zone, but looking good is the one things you won’t have to worry about.

1.    Fuss-free brows

Big brows are on trend – which is great news if you have full arches like our model, but what if they’re more on the slender side? Relax. Brows come in all shapes and sizes. “It’s not so much about following a trend, but making the most of your brows,” says Vanita Parti, founder of Blink brow bars. “Don’t try to create volume where there is none, but work on the balance of your brows – enhancing rather than enlarging.” Tidy the edges by plucking stray hairs, pretty up your shape (most brows are uneven) and define them seamlessly by lengthening the ends with a soft pencil. We like Eyebrow Pencil $ 20 blinkbrowbar.com

Description: Eyebrow Pencil

Eyebrow Pencil

2.    Classic liner always works…

Liner paired with a nude mouth is the LBD of the beauty world: “It goes with everything and is just so pretty,” says make-up artist Kirstin Piggott, who created the looks on these pages. For ultimate heat-resistance, use a waterproof liner such as Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil Duo in Onyx/ Sapphire $ 33 esteelauder.co.uk and draw a little upward flick at the ends to “elongate the eyes”. For handy on-the-go lip touch-ups, use Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Heaping Hazelnut $ 25 clinique.co.uk

Description: Heaping Hazelnut. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour

Heaping Hazelnut. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour

3.    …and so does a flash of color

If you are up for something a bit more edgy, but still want to look office-appropriate, go for a colorful eye shadow. The secret? Stick to a single shade in a matte texture and wear it just on your upper lid. Whatever hue you pick, use it to draw a V-shape just beyond the edge of your eye, to create a slightly angular cat’s-eye look. Add a neutral lip in a sheer finish and keep cheeks soft with an earthy blush. For great bright, head to Illamasqua and Mac Cosmetics.

Description: Jacket Isabel Marant; T-shirt Missoni; bag (just seen) Chanel; earrings alexmonroe.com; ring Jordan Askill

Jacket Isabel Marant; T-shirt Missoni; bag (just seen) Chanel; earrings alexmonroe.com; ring Jordan Askill

4.    Focus on lips

Why? Because 1) a vibrant mouth makes an impact, and makes you look made-up with minimum make-up; and 2) when it’s so hot that everything else melts off, lipstick will stay put if you choose a long-wearing formula. We love color Sensational Fresh LipStain $ 10 Maybelline –this lip marker simply doesn’t budge.

Or for something different… If you’re not used to strong colors on your lips, try them on fingers and toes instead.

Description: Jacket Vanessa Bruno Athé; top Nanette Lepore; skirt Red Valentino

Jacket Vanessa Bruno Athé; top Nanette Lepore; skirt Red Valentino

5.    Frizz? What frizz?

Increased humidity can turn your hair into a frizzy mess. To combat the dreaded pouf, add more moisture (trust us, it works). Tame thick hair by rubbing in an oil-based product before heading out – we like Mythic Oil $ 21 L’Oréal professionnel, fine hair needs both volume and frizz-control – spritz Instant Hair Refresh XXL Volume Dry Shampoo $ 6 Batiste into roots and smooth ends with the lightweight Daily Damage Defence $ 11 philipkingsley.co.uk

Description: Dress DVF; shoes Casadei; bracelet bexrox.com

Dress DVF; shoes Casadei; bracelet bexrox.com

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