You have an interview coming up – congratulations! Whether you are a seasoned professional, or it’s your first job application, neat makeup is essential. You only get one chance to make a first impression! A polished look will demonstrate attention to detail without diverting from your credentials. Learn how with these 5 Interview-Ready Makeup Tips:
1. For Lips, Less is More: Over-the-top lipstick is distracting for most interviewers. Recently, I interviewed and applicant who wore bright blue lipstick. Sure, it was gorgeous and fashion-forward, but ultimately it revealed her lack of research and understanding of company culture. For lips, opt instead for a neutral pink or subtle berry. Choose a natural satin finish, nothing too modern matte nor school-girl glossy.
2. Eye of the Tiger: Even if the eyeliner odds are ever in your favor, skip dramatic liquid applications. Use a black or copper brown kohl pencil to stipple pigment into your natural lash-line. This will give the illusion of full lashes without detracting from the main focus – your superb qualifications!
3. Blush Rush: Sweep blush on the apples of your cheeks – a wash of color can bring your whole complexion to life! Choose something with a warm peach undertone. Avoid anything too pink, your skin will naturally flush with pre-interview jitters!
4. Brow Wow: Groom brows neatly three days before the interview. Threading, tweezing or waxing are all good options -- choose the method that best suits your skin. On the big day, brush brows up and out from the midline of face. Fill sparse areas with a mineral brow powder and angled brush.
5. Skin Quench: Complete your look by gently misting skin with an organic rose water toner. Great for all skin types, this finishing spray will soothe, set, and hydrate. Stash the bottle in your purse for an on-the-go refresher.
P.s. Skip fragrance entirely (Yes, EVEN Tata Harper Love Potion!) and make sure to wear clear or neutral polish on clean, filed nails! There’s nothing more distracting than chipped week-old polish and overpowering perfume.
Lastly, bring lots of positive energy. With these makeup tips and a genuine smile, you’re sure to score the job! Do you have any interview success stories? What about faux-pas that you lived-and-learned from? Do share! I'd love to hear!