5 easy solutions to your most common on-the-job outfit and makeup mishaps

Stains, chafing and smudges can become a thing of the past.

With so much on your plate, the last thing you want to worry about is an outfit or makeup mishap—especially at work. Here’s how to handle five common ones that tend to happen in summer so you’re always prepared.

Reversible dress
Right before your 2 p.m. meeting, you accidentally spill your mocha latte all over your white sheath.Photo: White House Black Market

SOLUTION: White House Black Market Scarf Print Reversible Dress ($110, whitehouseblackmarket.com)

Skip the stain remover and quickly slip into this comfy, wrinkle-resistant dress. It’s two office-friendly emergency outfits in one.

"Somehow my lunch always ends up on my dress, so this is a perfect solution." —Audrey Goodson Kingo, Working Mother's Deputy Editor

Blotting paper
Greasy skin and clumpy foundation. ‘Nuff said.Photo: Sephora

SOLUTION: Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper ($6.50, amazon)

Not only will this compact remove excess oil, but the sponge applicator, which picks up each blotting sheet, can be used to gently blend out cakey foundation, and the corners can be used for hard-to-reach areas like the sides of the nose.

"I always keep this in my purse for quick touch-ups."—Maricar Santos, Working Mother's Associate Editor

Thigh chafing shorts
From hours of walking in a skirt or dress, you start to experience red, raw skin in your inner-thigh area.Photo: Thigh Society

SOLUTION: Thigh Society Regular Rise Anti-Chafing Slip Short ($34, thighsociety.com)

Putting these on will give you immediate relief and prevent any further chub rub. Moisture-wicking, stretchy and breathable, they’re ideal for summer, will give you extra leg coverage and, unlike shapewear, won’t make you feel like a sausage.

Band-aids
Wearing your new pumps for the very first time at work, you realize, wasn’t the best idea. Now it hurts to walk because your shoe keeps rubbing against the back of your foot.Photo: Band-Aid

SOLUTION: Band-Aid Brand Hydro-Seal Adhesive Bandages, All Purpose ($4, walmart.com)

This can protect blisters from further damage and helps prevent scabs so skin heals properly. Designed for long-term use, it can be worn on the feet and stays on even during showering.

Glow gel
Your new pair of hosiery left a noticeable tear, but the nearest drugstore is far away, and you don’t feel comfortable going bare-legged at your conservative office.Photo: QVC

SOLUTION: Say Hello to Sexy Legs Tinted Glow Gel ($38, qvc.com)

Apply a thin layer of this to your legs, then give it five minutes to dry (while you’re enjoying a cold beverage, of course). It’ll subtly make your gams look toastier but isn’t a pain to wash off like self-tanner.