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Makeup Tips For a Job Interview

Get Hired on the Spot With These Interview-Appropriate Beauty Tips

If you're pounding the pavement in search of a new job, it's only a matter of time before you're called in for an interview. And while you may not even realize it, your beauty look has a lot to do with whether or not you land your dream position. It's all about first impressions!

In an interview, you should convey your competence, neatness, and attention to detail — which all can be communicated through your appearance. More importantly, when you feel confident about your looks, you'll be able to focus on (and triumph at!) presenting your qualifications. Here are some beauty tips that will help you nail the job.

Hair: Keep It Simple

  • Wash and dry your hair the night before the interview, so you don't run the risk of being late due to styling issues the day of. And this is NOT the moment to rely on dry shampoo.
  • If your hair is long, consider pulling it back in a ponytail. This way, you won't be tempted to twirl it around your finger out of nerves.
  • Even if you're not a regular user of hair spray, use a light spritz to keep flyaways at bay.
  • Don't wear a hat as part of your ensemble. You don't want to run the risk of hat head.
  • Skip the flashy hair accessories.
  • Keep your hair out of your face at all costs. Long bangs falling into your eyes are sexy for a date, but they won't project a professional image. If you need to get them out of your face, using a simple barrette or bobby pin is a fine solution.

Makeup: Less Is More

  • Give yourself extra time. If you take five minutes to get ready in the morning, allow yourself at least 15.
  • If you don't need much coverage, use a tinted moisturizer or BB cream to even out your skin tone, but be sure to cover any blemishes or redness with concealer.
  • The night before your interview, exfoliate chapped lips by exfoliating them with a warm, wet washcloth or a DIY sugar scrub. Follow with a generous coating of lip balm. Before the interview, use a sheer lipstick to give lips a hint of color. Nars Dolce Vita ($27) flatters a range of skin tones.
  • Wear lipstick, not lip gloss. Gloss is too shiny and youthful for a professional setting.
  • Use eye shadows in neutral and natural shades. A little bit of shimmer is fine, but stay away from adding a lot of shine (especially glitter!) to your eyelids.
  • Mascara and a bit of eyeliner are really all you need. If you're going for liquid liner, be sure that you've mastered this skill and you restrict yourself to a light application.
  • Well-groomed brows show that you pay attention to details. Tweeze any stray hairs and use brow gel (or hair spray!) to keep your arches in place.
  • Applying a little bit of blush makes everyone look healthier. Use this rather than bronzer for a natural-looking, healthy glow.
  • While contouring and highlighting are great for a night out, you should skip this step for an interview.

Fragrance: One Easy-to-Remember Guideline

  • Don't wear any. You don't want your interviewer put off by a scent he or she doesn't find appealing — or worse, is allergic to!

Nails: A Few Tips

  • Unless you have naturally clean, even, hangnail-free nails, get a manicure.
  • It doesn't matter whether your nails are long or short, but they should be neatly filed.
  • A neutral nail is foolproof, so look for barely there beige and pink polishes.
  • Skip the french manicure; some people think they're classy, but others think they're corny, so just go with a single color.

Finally, smile. All of the primping and grooming doesn't mean a thing if you aren't excited to be there. Good luck!

Jessie15339872 Jessie15339872 3 years
Thank you so much! I wear lipstick daily and was really freaking out on what shade to wear for my interview this morning. I'll definitely go with a natural, which is perfect since i'n wearing an orange shirt!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
Good luck on your interview, Yoly V!
Yoly-V Yoly-V 6 years
Wow! I can see that a great article can last a lifetime! So happy I found your tips! I have the "interview of my life" tomorrow at the biggest law firm in Florida! I will follow all your tips and hope for the best! Thank you for taking your time to share this information with the rest of us!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
That's great news! Congratulations, and I'm glad it all worked out so well for you.
pinkpanther090 pinkpanther090 6 years
Thanks to Bella and Jaime, I got the job! Also, if I work well in the next two weeks, I'll get a promotion! Thank-you soooo much!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
Awesome, pinkpanther090!! Congrats to you!
pinkpanther090 pinkpanther090 6 years
I'm glad to say I got the job! Thank-you so much for this post! I have now another interview in 2 days for another even more high-flying job! FIngers Crossed!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
Awesome, pinkpanther090! Good luck to you!
pinkpanther090 pinkpanther090 6 years
Thanks Bella! I've got an interview in 2 days! I'm so glad I found this! My life practically depends on this! Fingers crossed!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
Glad we could be of some help, Vampire_Grl. Good luck on your interview. We're rooting for you!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 7 years
These tips are spot on true! As someone who worked in Human Resources for a major corporation and hired hundreds of employees (most of them first-time job seekers), And the comment/tip about covering the tatoos is excellent as well. I have no objection to them myself but my employer's clients tended to be somewhat conservative.
robinlh912 robinlh912 8 years
I love this post! I have a majorly important career fair coming up this semester at school! I will utilize these tips for the fair and any interviews I might score with my polished look!
gigill gigill 8 years
Oh wow, this post came in at the perfect time - I have a big follow-up interview next week as an editor for two food/fashion/travel magazines!
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
also, no tatoos showing! I don't care what anyone says, unless you're interviewing at a tatoo parlor, tatoos do not say professional...
CityStyleLife CityStyleLife 8 years
great tips!
jules912 jules912 8 years
Thanks so much for that, it's a really great post!! I've got an interview at a bank tomorrow and I'm only 17, so got big fish to fry!!! Thanks for giving me that extra bit of confidence I needed :-)
gbychan gbychan 9 years
:D I can attest to the hair thing. I'm always playing with mine when I'm nervous. Also, pulling it back will lessen concerns about how you look, so you won't be tempted to smooth your hair, tuck it behind your ears, or check yourself in the mirror so often.
tigerfire21 tigerfire21 9 years
WHAT? I have to look like a grown-up?
Advah Advah 9 years
Great tips Bella, thanks! :) I actually had an interview this morning, and thought about all of that for the whole weekend! I agree that most of the time it's better to wear less jewellery/accessories, or keep them plain and simple so that it looks nice but not too noticeable or tacky. And the perfume one is my golden rule! As for the makeup though, I always put on a bit of discreet eyeliner; I can't use powders, and it makes me look slighter older (otherwise I look 18 :S )but I always wear only neutral lip balm, so that it doesn't look like I spent the whole morning applying colours on my face. :) Oh, and I got the job. :P
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
thanks!! everythings been noted for the next interview!!
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