Put Your Best Face Forward
We spend many hours on perfecting our resume, crafting our cover letters, and practicing interview Q&A’s. We don’t believe in procrastinating when it comes to finding and landing our dream job—most likely you already know your 1st round interview outfit… 2nd round… 3rd round…etc. One important detail we often leave to the last minute is interview makeup. The interview is the final test, and the interviewer will be looking at your face (hopefully), the entire time. Too much or too little makeup can risk all the hours spent in the recruiting process. Of course, your look will depend on what industry you are interviewing for but here’s a fool-proof makeup look that’s appropriate for any age, any job, and any outfit.
The most important thing here is to look for a foundation that matches your skin tone (color test on your forehead, neck, and jaw!). Apply a thin layer of foundation to even out the skin tone. I usually use my fingers to warm up the liquid foundation (medium coverage; luminous finish) and gently tap into the skin. Cushion foundations are also super convenient to apply quickly and for touch-ups right before the interview.
First, using a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your natural skin tone, draw an upside down triangle underneath your eyes and blend. This step will bring dimension to your face and help you look more awake! Second, apply a concealer that matches your skin tone to cover any blemishes and redness by the nose or corners of the mouth. Acne and dark circles are often associated with stress, so better cover those babies up before the big day.
Cream, gel, or powder blush—use whatever formulation you like, just make sure you use blush! Under eye concealer helps you look more awake but blush helps you look ALIVE. Smile and apply a coral, pinky, or blush tone. If you have high or wide cheekbones, try to concentrate the color on the apples of your cheeks and blend. If you have a narrow face, Blend the color up right below the temples and into your hairline. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions!
TRY: Tarte 12-hour Amazonian Blush or Revlon Photoready Cream Blush
If you’re lazy and short on time, definitely use an eyeshadow stick, apply all over the lid up to the crease or eye socket, and blend in a tapping motion (no harsh lines!). The key here is to give eyes a natural wash of color to create depth and accentuate the eyes. If you want to get a little fancier, use a light beige or cream color underneath the brows, a brown or taupe all over the lid up to the crease, and a darker brown shadow on the corners of the eyes and along ¾ of the crease.
Draw a thin line along the lash line and end a little past your eyes. Then line your eyes ½ or ¾ of the way of your bottom lash line and connect the top and bottom liner at the corner of your eyes. Fully lining the eyes or using too much black liner can make your eyes look smaller and may make you look less approachable and open. For interviews, you want your eyes to communicate what type of professional you are—collaborative, open, and sharp. If the line is too harsh for your liking, just blend it out with the dark brown eye shadow. I like to use brown or grey for a more natural look and flick up for a subtle cat eye!
To create a bright eye look, use a nude or peachy liner/eyeshadow or highlighter in the inner corners of the eyes and the ½ or ¼ of your bottom lash line that is not lined. Avoid the chunky glittery look at all costs!
Mascara helps make your eyes pop, and can give you that more alert/focused look. I love a good all-in-one mascara with curling, volume, and length. Two coats in a zig-zag motion on the top and bottom to really make your eyes pop.
My favorite feature on the face! Clean them up–tweeze, shave, thread, wax–whatever you’d prefer! Filling them in is a must.
A pinky-nude or rose color lipstick is the safest way to go! Look for a satin finish or creamy formula rather than matte because matte lipsticks have a tendency to make your lips look dry within 30 minutes of application. If you have naturally flushed lips, lucky you—lip balm will be your best friend. Avoid lips glosses because the last thing you want is to have your hair get stuck on your gloss while you’re being interviewed. It just gets messy! Also, slather on that lip balm or Vaseline days before your interview! With all that talking you’ll be doing, it’s very important to keep your mouth and lips looking healthy.
If your interview is mid-day or afternoon, make sure to set your makeup in the morning by dabbing translucent powder all over– a light layer will do! The most common mistake is setting makeup with the “dusting” or “swirling” motion because that will actually move your foundation around.
For a quick refresher or touch-up, use a toilet seat cover to absorb excess shine and reapply concealer or compact foundation, as needed. If you put apply more product when your skin is oily, product won’t apply as smoothly and you may end up with clogged pores!
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