These actions seem pretty harmless at first, but they could actually be really annoying to your boss and colleagues. Check to see if you’re guilty of any of these bad beauty habits – the first one’s got me for sure – and learn how to kick the habit!

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#1 OVERPOWERING PERFUME
We all know that one person who practically bathes in perfume; whether it’s before work, after lunch or just before they leave the office. Being stuck in a crowded lift with this person usually triggers a migraine, which worsens throughout the day because a thick cloud of that pungent poison practically floats around in the air, hitting you in the face every 10 minutes.

If you think this might be you, remember: Scent is subjective – just because you’re in love with a fragrance doesn’t mean that your colleagues will love it too (not to mention, your boss).

The easiest way to tone down a scent is to spritz less. Take note of the concentration of your perfume, too. Eau de Toilettes are lighter. And if you have to top up on the scent, do it when you’re out of the office, not at your (open) cubicle.

#2 WET HAIR
This trend is the perfect example of one that can only exist on the runway, at least in Singapore. It’s dandruff inducing (from all the gel you need to apply), it looks sloppy for work, and it smells bad at the end of the day from perspiring too much.

Oh, and runway trend aside, we do really mean wet hair in a less trendy-sense – you know, like you just got out of the bath and took a cab to the office? While that’s usually the case for rushed mornings, no one really needs to know. (For your own benefit, really.) Dripping wet hair and a stained top hardly gives a good impression.

If you’re afraid of subjecting your hair to so much heat everyday, apply a heat protectant before blow-drying it in the morning. Follow up with a hair serum after and you’re all set.

#3 BAD HYGIENE
We always think our tiny office cubicles are private spaces, but don’t forget that they’re actually open. Some of us are even placed face to face with our colleagues. So it’s not so pleasant when someone decides it’s fine to cough without covering their mouth. Worst still, picking at scabs or pimples then touching a piece of shared office stationery after – eew. Be mindful of shared spaces, the office isn’t your room.

#4 UNDERARM SWEAT STAINS
Here’s one we can’t help but curse our weather for – underarm sweat stains. It’s embarrassing for both you and the person you’re working with.

Sweat patches tend to show up a lot more on dark clothes, so if you know you’re going to be out of the office during the day, wear something that’s lighter in colour and remember the deodorant.

You can always wear an extra shirt underneath, or invest in some underarm patches, too. They’re easily available in pharmacies and departmental stores.

#5 BAD BREATH
This is a no brainer, of course. The main culprit is usually garlic, but truffle and coffee breath can sometimes annoy others, too.

If you can, stay away from foods made with pungent ingredients. But if you don’t have much of a choice, make sure you’ve got a mouthwash or teethbrushing kit nearby. A packet of intense mints help, too.

Are you guilty of any of these habits? What other office beauty habits can you not stand? Let us know.

Photography: Vernon Wong; Art direction: Michelle Tham; Styling: Hong Xinying; Hair and makeup: Dollei Seah, Lydia Thong and Vicky Lee of Makeup Entourage (9111 1919), using Lancome; Model: Lee Soon Young/Nu Models; Dress: COS; Watch: Swarovski