Did you just have a quickie in the bathroom? If you're not keen on everyone knowing you just got down and dirty, we feel ya. Follow these tips that will make you look like you’re far too ladylike to bone during your lunch break.
Sop Up Sweat
If you got sweaty during your sex sesh (yay, workout points!), you can run a gentle makeup remover towelette under your armpits to wipe away any odor before re-applying your deodorant. Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes ($6, ulta.com) are perfect for sensitive skin. As for your hair, dry shampoo should soak up any excess oil at the roots and will cleverly mask any resulting “sex smell.” Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($20, kloraneusa.com) comes in different variations for light and dark hair and will leave your strands bouncy and full.
When In Doubt, Accessorize
If dry shampoo just isn’t cutting it, Lauren Cosenza, professional makeup artist and founder of DIVAlicious, recommends putting on an accessory. “I’m a big fan of head wraps, mini-turbans, bandanas, and hats,” she says. “You look super stylish and glamorous, and no one has to know your secret. If they suspect anything, you can say you got a quickie workout in at lunch.” (Technically, you did.) Forever 21 carries a head wrap for every style personality. Or try this super simple braid:
Soothe Red Skin
Spritz any chin-burn (the only time stubble isn’t sexy) with a soothing facial mist. AvÃƒÂ¨ne Thermal Spring Water ($9, drugstore.com) is famous for its ability to calm red, inflamed skin—a.k.a yours. Cosenza recommends tapping a mattifying primer over areas of high shine with your fingertips. Makeup gurus everywhere swear by Hourglass Veil Makeup Primer ($52, hourglasscomsetics.com), which also blurs redness and the look of large pores.
Touch Up, But Don’t Overdo It
If what you had on your face completely melted off, grab a makeup wipe, and swipe your forehead, cheeks, and nose clean. Leave any eye makeup that you have on and touch up with a Q-tip instead of reapplying (really, who has time midday to draw a new cat eye?). No one wants to lug around a full makeup bag all day, but if you store a sample-size foundation in your tote, you’ll be able to cancel out redness on the go. Smashbox Camera-Ready BB Cream ($20 for the travel size, sephora.com) controls oil and contains SPF 35.
Skip blush (you've already got that post-coital glow), and swipe on some longwear liquid lipstick—the ultimate tool to looking and feeling like a Put-Together Person. Cosenza likes Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19, sephora.com). We recommend the shade Noble—because it is incredibly noble of you for coming back to work after getting it on.