If you’re going for a job interview and want to make sure that your first impression is a positive one, try sticking to neutral shades of eyeshadow like tans, browns and creams, while avoiding shimmery shadows. You don’t want to look like your make-up is too over-the-top, or even worse, appear sweaty from all the shimmer. Ensure that your eyebrows are well-groomed, as this shows that you pay attention to detail and use blusher instead of bronzer, for a natural-looking, healthy glow.
One thing you don’t want to do is distract the interviewer from what you are saying. There are some things to avoid, which include anything sparkly; anything too stagey, like false eyelashes or blue eye shadow; anything applied poorly, for example wobbly liquid eyeliner, rather use a pencil to be safe and lastly, avoid anything that fades unevenly, like red lipstick.
Finally, make sure that your make-up flatters you and enhances your natural features. If you never wear lipstick, don’t feel obliged to wear lipstick to an interview, they are not going to notice. However, if you wear a shade of lipstick that doesn’t look good on you, they may wonder what you were thinking when you put it on! If you are going to wear lipstick or some form of lip colour, rather choose a long-lasting formula (try Maybelline’s Super Stay 14hr or L’Oreal’s Infallible Lip Colour). Safer colour options would be either a tinted lip gloss or peach, pink and brown lipsticks, as red may be too distracting and could end up looking patchy halfway through your interview.
If you are wearing lipstick, make sure that there’s none on your teeth! A quick way to ensure this is once you’ve applied your last coat of lipstick, place your index finger in your mouth, close your lips gently around it and twist your finger slowly while pulling it out of your mouth. Voila! Excess lipstick on your finger and not on your teeth! It’s not very glamorous, I know, but it works.
Remember, the phrase “Less is More” definitely applies when it comes to job interview make-up!
For tips on how to expertly apply liquid or gel eyeliner, see my previous blog post “Applying Eyeliner“.