How to wear makeup for a job interview

Written by nicki howell
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How to wear makeup for a job interview
Skip heavy foundations for your job interview. ( Images)

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.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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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