5 Star Tricks to Take You From the Office to Out in Under 5 Minutes

By: Kristin Koch / December 3, 2012

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With Thanksgiving and Shopalooza (Black Friday and Cyber Monday) behind us, the holiday festivities are ramping up, with “festive” dress codes to boot.

And with only six weekends to go before it’s time to ring in the New Year, a few post-work party invites are bound to pop up in your inbox. Unfortunately, weeknight celebrations don’t always leave time to run home for a wardrobe change.

But that doesn’t mean you have to hit up the holiday parties in your nine-to-five uniform — or rock your party dress from nine to five.

We turned to red carpet regulars — who frequently rush from the airport or set to premieres and events —  for their tricks to getting red carpet-ready in a rush.

Believe it or not, they don’t involve hiring a professional hair and makeup crew to be at your beck and call all season long. Not only are our savvy styling tricks quick and easy, but you can do them anywhere — yes, even under those fluorescent office lights.

Some advanced planning and a few transformative tools are all you need to play the role of polished professional by day and posh party-goer by night without a trip to the salon or store.

By investing in a few key pieces that can easily be stored in your desk (or handbag) and following these simple steps, you can go from cubicle to cocktails in less than five minutes flat.

Click through our gallery for five quick fixes to take you from office to holiday party in minutes — then get ready to celebrate the season in style.

How do you get party-ready when you’re in a hurry? Share your tricks in the comments below.

Get more holiday makeup ideas in the video below.

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