MAKEUP TIPS FOR YOUR JOB INTERVIEW
PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD
You’ve picked out a fantastic suit, polished your favourite black heels, and slid a few pristine copies of your resume into a sleek briefcase. But there’s something else to consider when you’re putting together your interview look - something that many people overlook until the morning of: your makeup.
When you're doing your makeup for a job interview, think soft and natural. Overall, a good rule of thumb is to choose shades within a close range of your skin tone. You want to make a good impression without overdoing it. It's better to blend in than it is to stand out by overdoing and wearing too much makeup.
Can you wear red lipstick to an interview? What about a cat eye? Are false eyelashes a good idea? Wearing makeup that shows you’re professional, polished, and confident is a must.
Match Your Makeup To Your Skin Tone
If you are a pale lady, then you must avoid heavy magenta blush. If your skin has a deeper tone you want to avoid bright pink lipstick or light beige eyeshadow. The first step is evening out your skin tone with foundation. Make sure that you wear a color that disappears into your skin - most women pick a darker foundation to look tanner, but that never looks good close up or in daylight.
You can choose any kind of formula (liquid, powder, or tinted moisturizer) that works best for your skin type and the amount of coverage you need. That said, if you don’t usually wear foundation, don’t start on the day of the interview. Instead, try a tinted moisturizer that will give you a very light coverage but not feel any different than what you’re used to.
TIP: Make your own BB cream with mixing your foundation into your daytime moisturiser.
Read our blog about quick and easy Skintone tests.
Concealer or Corrector?
Concealer is an interviewer’s best friend (you know, because huge zits tend to invite themselves onto your chin exactly when they’re least welcome).
If you wake up the morning of the interview with a blemish, don’t touch it. Grab a Q-tip and a concealer that matches your skin tone (ideally a stick or pot formula). Lightly dab it on, then, use a powder to set it in place. It makes wonders.
You can also use concealer to banish tired eyes (you definitely don’t want to look tired as you were partying all night). Choose a corrector in the peach family, which will brighten your eyes as well as counteract any dark circles.
Be Primed Against Blush
If you're prone to deep flushing when you're nervous or flustered, and anticipate an intense interview, you may want to go light on the blush you apply and opt for a sheer bronzer or highlighter instead. And if you're seriously concerned about getting red, considering using a green-tinted primer before you apply your makeup. Though it won't be outwardly noticeable, it will help counteract any redness should blood start rushing to your cheeks.
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Mineral Powder Is the Antidote to a Nervous Sheen
An interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it's important to keep your cool and perform under pressure. If you're prone to sweating or getting red when you're stressed, a lightweight mineral powder will come in handy. Just dust it on your face, either over your foundation, concealer or bare skin if you aren't wearing a base later, using a large brush. This will help dry up any sweat so you don't look greasy and will also lend an even tone to your face.
Skip the False Eyelashes and Avoid Clumpy Mascara
Although false eyelashes might make you appear awake and wide-eyed, save them for the company holiday party, not for the interview. Can you imagine if your false lashes came off during your meeting? You don't want to be worrying too much about your appearance, so you can focus on acing your interview questions.
Rather than falsies, opt for a coat of black, waterproof mascara (that way it'll be weatherproof, sweatproof and tearproof) instead. Don't go crazy with the mascara and end up with clumpy lashes. You want to look professional and polished, not like you just got home from a hectic night at the club. In the case of interview makeup, less is much, much more.
Try Pencil Eyeliner for a Softer Look ...
If you're used to doing cat eyeliner, tone it down for your interview. Rather than extending your eyeliner past the outer edge of your eye, end it right there. You can also use a pencil, as opposed to liquid liner, to achieve a softer, less harsh look.
Forget About the Crazy Eyeshadow and use Natural Tones
Forget about the crazy, colorful eyeshadow. If you choose to wear eyeshadow, it should hardly be noticeable. You want to be able to make firm, confident eye contact while you answer questions, and your interviewer's attention should be on your answers themselves, not on your loud eye makeup. Earth tones are a safe bet; and easy to apply. Just use a lighter, slightly luminescent shade (close to your skin tone) on your lids, then add some depth with a medium shade on the outer corners of your eyes.
Finally, finish your look off with a perfect pout! The best type of lip color is one that you can put on without using a mirror—think a shade that’s “your lips, only better.” Neutral colors of Cream or Matte HD Lipstick with a hint of pink, brown, or coral looks great on most people—but don’t go too light, or it will wash you out. If you decide on our Satin Lip Finish, choose shades Vain, Timeless or Escape. It's very creamy and it won't make your lips sticky or goopy. If you like mattes, go check out our Matte Lip Finish, it stays on forever! Don't forget to match your lipstick with our HD Lip Liner. It's very soft and easy to apply.
What About Red Lipstick?
Red lips are a glamorous classic but maybe not for your interview. Here's the thing: red lipstick isn't a terrible "don't," it's just something to approach with caution. So when can it work? If the rest of your look is understated—an all-black dress and shoe combination and minimal eye makeup, you might be able to get away with it. But your lipstick must be applied with care. Bare lips would be better than blotchy lipstick or smudged lip liner. And you probably don't want to be worrying about that during your interview. (Here's a secret: our Cream HD Lipstick might just be your best bet. But use it with class.)
With your interview-day makeup, your main goal is to come across looking professional and feeling confident—so the perfect combination is going to be a bit different for everyone. And if you don’t typically wear a ton of makeup, try just using a few products. You’ll create a neutral and polished look that still makes you feel like yourself, while still showing your interviewer that you take pride in your appearance. And if you’re used to wearing a lot of makeup, make sure your day-of look is natural and yet professional—and save the smokey eyes and glossy lips for your celebratory dinner with your friends after you get the job!