Career Girl: Look Your Best Even In {The Worst} Weather

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Hello, Career Girls! I read somewhere that January typically has the coldest temperatures and February has the most active “weather” (code for snow and sleet and icy conditions). So far, 2014 is no exception. For us career girls, snow days don’t hold the same charm they did when a snow day meant sledding, hot cocoa and movies on the couch in our pajamas.

Now a snow day often isn’t even a real snow day, with most of us forced to trek to work in the wet, cold weather. When that happens, getting to work looking our best is, to say the least, a challenge. We all know that looking our best (or as close to it as possible) is an important part of feeling our best, which in turn, helps us to do our best at work.

So, with six more weeks of winter ahead of us, says Punxsutawney Phil, we checked in with one of our favorite Career Girls, Heather Muir, for her advice. As Fitness Magazines’s Beauty Director, Heather knows a thing or two about getting through any commute looking our best.

Fitness Magazine's Beauty Director and one-time Hoboken Girl, Heather Muir, is here to ensure we all get through our commute looking our best.

Fitness Magazine’s Beauty Director and one-time Hoboken Girl, Heather Muir, is here to ensure we all get through our commute looking our best.

1. Q-Tips!

“Whether you trudge to the Path or wait in an endless line for the bus, makeup tends to travel during one’s commute. I always carry a few Q-tips in my bag so that right before I walk into the office, I can glance into a mirror and wipe away any black specks or smudges.”

2. Eyeshadow Primer.

“I love wearing eyeshadow but used to get annoyed with the creasing that would occur like clockwork every afternoon thanks to my oily lids. After meeting with Urban Decay founder Wendy Zomnir, she convinced me to finally try her cult product—Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube. Although I was reluctant to add yet another step to my routine, I was hooked after one use. Smooth it on before applying eyeshadow (blend it quickly, though, before it sets). It locks my eye makeup into place so insanely well that not even crying, sleeping (oops) or—yes, even commuting—can mess it up.

3. Always be prepared.

“Us commuters know that when we leave the house in the a.m., we have to be prepared for the day. I take my makeup essentials with me so I can touch up after the gym, before a meeting, before seeing my fiancé at home, etc. I’m obsessed with the Sonia Kashuk Squared Away Cosmetic Bag because it fits all of my brushes and compacts neatly so that it doesn’t feel like I’m lugging my bathroom drawer around.

4. Clean up, clean up.

“We encounter a lot of not so sexy things during a commute. Whether you want to wipe away germs or sweat, stashing a pack of Yes To Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes in your bag will get the job done. They smell amazing plus they’re natural. I use them on my face, my hand, my pits and my feet.

5. Last but not least, Heather shared her favorite summertime commuting beauty trick. It’s never too early to prepare for the next season. And remember, absolutely NO complaining about the heat during the summer of 2014!

“In the summer, my face rivals an oil slick (woof), especially when I’m running around the city. My hot weather secret weapon: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. Shake the tube, squirt out a tiny blob, rub it between your fingers then gently press it into your skin, concentrating on your forehead and nose. It’ll help your makeup go on smoothly and prevent greasy skin even on the longest day.”

We want to hear from you! What are your favorite tips for making it through a snow day without losing your pretty? Do you use any of Heather’s favorites?

Connect with Heather on Instagram (@HMuir) and Twitter (@PYTBeauty) and Career Girl (@andreamullan) on Instagram and (@Victorycom) on Twitter. Happy {non-stressful} commuting!

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Andrea is President of Victory PR, a boutique health and beauty public relations firm located in NYC & Hoboken. She is the columnist behind "Career Girl," a regular column exclusive to that includes everything from interviews with inspiring Hoboken Career Girls, career advice, and lots more. Andrea lives in Hoboken with her husband and son, and can most often be seen getting her early AM workouts in at Local Barre!