You have only seconds to make a first impression. Wearing too much make-up might leave the hiring manager with an unfavourable impression. With interview make-up, it's important to remember that more is less. You want your face to appear fresh and natural rather than painted and made-up. This way, the hiring manager will be listening to your qualifications, rather than distracted by your appearance.
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Apply a concealer for dark under-eye circles and skin impurities to even out your skin tone. Finish with a loose power. Apply a light foundation if you can't create a smooth skin texture with loose power and concealer alone. Avoid heavy foundations or foundations that cake.
Apply lipstick rather than lipgloss, which is shiny and not formal enough for an interview. Pick a lipstick with a matt finish that is natural looking. You don't want your hiring manager focusing on your lip colour, rather than on what you say.
Apply a natural looking eye shadow. Select an eye shadow colour that doesn't have much shine. Colours such as brown, cream and other natural tones are a good choice.
Apply mascara and pencil eyeliner, if you normally use eyeliner. Avoid liquid liners, which usually create harsh lines that aren't good for a job interview. Apply mascara with brown or black eyeliner to give your eyes a natural appearance. Avoid eyeliners with colour, such as hues of blue or purple. These might appear unprofessional to the hiring manager.
Tweeze any stray eyebrow hairs that appear outside of your normal brow line. This will give your face a clean appearance. Avoid over tweezing and using a pencil to colour in the brows.
Look at your make-up in natural light. Go outside and look at your jaw line. Blend your make-up carefully to avoid having a noticeable foundation line on the sides of your face.
Tips and warnings
- Pay careful attention to the rest of your appearance. Women and men should wear suits. Stick to dark colours, such as navy blue, brown or black.
- Avoid heavy colognes or perfumes. Interview rooms are usually very small and a little fragrance goes a long way. Some employers have fragrance free environments due to employee allergies. If possible, avoid fragrance altogether.
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