Beauty 911: Double Duty Office Beauty



I hope everyone enjoyed my Beauty 911 post about the beautE-Kit!

The winner of my beautE-Kit is Renae. Congrats!

Here’s Renae’s tip:

Something I resort to during a nail emergency is the rough side of a box of matches. It’s the perfect nail file and most offices have them in a cupboard next to the birthday candles. Say goodbye to snagged nails!

Genius, right?

Needless to say, there were so many tips it was hard to pick just one. Here is the runner up:

Natalie Irwin said, “I use a black Sharpie marker to fill in scuffs on my black shoes a la Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.”

In addition to these clever suggestions, here are a few other office items that double as beauty tools:

Double-Sided Tape. I cannot tell you how many times this has come in handy for me. Whether it’s a fussy necklace, a torn hem or even a pesky bit of makeup that needs to go–fast–then consider double sided tape your new BFF.

Toilet Seat Covers. Looking polished is key. However, looking like you have been polished is not. When you’re in a pinch, use a toilet seat cover to absorb excess oil. I know it’s not exactly glamorous, but if you’re in a pinch it’s a great secret to know about. Blotting papers and toilet seats covers are made of similar materials and can be used to absorb excess oil. This trick has come in handy dozens of times when I’ve been caught without powder or blotting papers.

Paper Clips & Safety Pins. You never know when you’re going to need one of these little guys… Fix a strap, missing button or torn hem. Paper clips can also be used to pin back hair and de-clump mascara.

Erasers. If you lose the back to an earring, use a piece of erase in its place (cork works too).

Tape. Forgot to roll Fido’s hair off your black pants? Did the lint fairy attack your blouse? Roll up a piece of tape (any kind will do) and run it over your clothes to remove unwanted fuzz. You can also use tape to hem pants, fix straps and prevent peep shows. Scotch tape can also be used to remove makeup, such as smudged eyeliner.

Pencils & Pens. While they make for great writing utensils, pens and pencils are also great for hair! Instead of using a rubber band that will damage your hair, twist your hair into a bun and secure it with a smooth pen or pencil.

Post-It Notes. Forgot your floss picks? Use a Post-It note instead (business cards work too). You can also fold them up to remove dirt from underneath your nails or use them to blot your lipstick.

White Out. Need to manicure your nails before a big meeting? Use white out to line the tips of your nails with for a quickie French manicure.

Stapler. If your hem is dragging, look to your stapler. If you staple something that is dark and don’t want the silver prongs of the staples to show, color the staples using a Sharpie.

If you find yourself putting one of these tools to use, snap a photograph on your phone and share it in the comments below!

XO Lauren

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  • Melissa Panici

    Congrats to the winner! Such great tips! I love them all:)

  • Sarah Heckle

    I’m pretty sure my office doesn’t have matches, haha. But I love that idea!

    Sarah from Tulle and Trinkets

  • Cherie LaFlamme

    I always use the toilet seat cover trick because I’m so shiny (sigh!) and I occasionally throw my hair up in a pen if I forgot an elastic. Thanks for sharing these!

    - Cher

  • Crystal Cierlak

    I have never thought of using the toilet seat covers as blotting paper before. On more than one occasion I’ve used a square of toilet paper to blot my face before returning to my desk. Usually the toilet paper in an office or public setting is thin so it works out pretty well!

  • Stacie Grissom
  • Liza Ramos

    I just have to say WOW! while sometimes you think you can find things around to help in an emergency, really when the time comes I get so caught up in what happened I don’t rationalize to resolve, but with theese tips I definetly know what to do now in emergencies! Great tips really, and congrats to the winner because it was really clever and awesome idea!

  • Sarah Thaman

    I use that tape trick all the time! My pups a shedder :)

    Sarah from


  • Helen Le

    Those are genius uses of office items. I never thought there could be that many.

  • Shelbs

    Wow, seeing I won definitely woke me up this morning! Thanks so much! I sit in an office 5 days a week, so the beautEkit and everyone else’s creative tips will definitely come in handy. Yay!

  • Amanda Lehrke

    What a great tip from the winner, why didn’t I ever think of that?!? Theres been so many times I’ve broken a nail and can’t find a nail file for the life of me!!! And LOL at the white out for french tips…I did that in high school when I was bored out of my mind!

  • Natalie Irwin

    So close….still got a shout out though! Thanks LC!

  • Lauren Louise

    i always use the post-it note trick :)

    i use a sharpie for filling in chips on black painted nails also

    and the beauty 9/11 blog was a life saver. i had half the bits already but now i have a perfect emergency kit…. thanks lauren!


  • Shellz

    great tricks n tips! i talked about using white out as nail polish!

  • Edna Hernandez

    Just wanted to add a use for paperclips! In a pinch, when I wore a tank with a cardigan and didn’t think I would be removing the cardigan but was invited to a ballgame last minute, I opened up a large paperclip out to the ‘s’ shape that it naturally ‘unfolds’ to….and used it to rangle my standard bra straps into a racerback

  • Kait

    Coffee filters also work great to remove oil from your face. I learned this trick in college and have added it to all “”wedding party”” survival kits I have helped put together for my bride friends.

  • Brittany M

    I’ve always sworn by the stapler for hemming and pens/pencils for putting my hair up since high school. I’ve also used the sharpie to fill in spots on shoes before. Great tips all around, though!

  • Lupsie

    GENIUS post! I almost ALWAYS fill in scuffs with a sharpie!

  • Jennifer Sellen

    oh wow… i’ve used most of these double-duty beauty tips before like stapling my hem, using tape to take off the fuzzies on my sweater, and using a pen as a hair accessory (actually i do that a lot cuz its easy to get to!)

  • Jess
  • tinamarie

    ahhh, i will forever use the match box trick! thanks (:

  • Jackie Zore

    Haha I use sharpies to color in my shoe scuffs too. I had no idea other people do that too. Made me smile. = ) I’ve heard of people using sharpies for eye liner… but I don’t think I would ever try it myself..

  • Erica Kelly

    Those are all such great tips!

  • K.

    I also use tape sometimes :D thanks to my dog ;)

  • Sarah Vaughn

    Right before a huge meeting I lost the little screw in my glasses, and my contacts were at home. My best friend, Mr. Paperclip, saved me from looking like I just sucked on a lemon (scrunch face) while trying to see everything in focus. I just looped it through the open hole and pushed it flush to the earpiece.

  • Elisee prummel

    This post is so amazing, The tips are great! Thanks people.

  • Stephanie A Escamilla

    Omg LC read my post about the toilet covers *feels special*. And the covers do work great guys and i love seeing these new tips too:D

  • Monica Castillo

    Genius!! Love it

  • Justina Gemignani

    We love your posts LC! Check out our blog at for some Lauren Conrad/thebeautydepartment inspired posts!!

  • Amanda Lamb

    I’m super bummed that the link to the ballerina bun seems to be broken… :( Every time I try to click on it, I’m redirected back to the homepage. :(

  • Justina Gemignani

    LOVE THIS POST! For more Lauren inspired blog posts, check out our blog site, where we talk about recreating a Kate Middleton look!

  • Katja Anni

    I just love this post!!! I just fixed a snapped part on my bag with a stapler recently. And black markers are always great cover up small spots on black shoes where the material has come off. ;-)

    Thank you so much for all those genius tips ;-)

  • Cierra Carter

    These are awesome tips! Especially for when my big bosses come into town. Thanks!



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