September 25, 2013
When going after a new job, your resume is not the only thing that needs to be polished. First impressions are important, and there's no bigger one than your appearance. Showing up to your interview with too much makeup, messy bed-head or an out-of-this-world attire could immediately send the wrong message to your employer.
It's a tough job market out there, so be prepared. Try these job interview makeup tips and beauty products, and you'll be receiving employment offers in no time.
A job interview is not the time for your dark red lipstick. Too much lip color or shine can be overbearing when answering past work history questions in a conservative office environment. Instead, opt for nude or pale pink lips with just a touch of gloss. Bliss Fabulips Glossy Lip Balm in Vanilla Mint adds a soft tint of coral, while the Peppermint color gives a slight pink sheen. As an added bonus, the Bliss Fabulips Glossy Lip Balm uses breath-freshening mint so you can chat about your resume without worrying about bad breath.
Step away from the bronzer and blush. Fresh and healthy-looking skin is the way to impress any future employer, and you don't want to overdo it with a fake tan, pesky foundation lines or obvious powder.
First, make sure to wash your face twice a day and after every workout with a deep-cleansing formula to avoid breakouts. Makeup should be removed prior to the washing, since most cleansers won't scrub foundation or concealer away. Exfoliating several times a week will also break up your dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and free of any scaly-looking flakes.
For the day of the interview, keep your skin routine simple. If you don't have major blemishes, then a beauty balm that will provide a range of coverage is the way to go. Beauty balms absorb into your skin, giving off a seamless, barely-there look. For those who have some skin discoloration, a color correcting cream will give you light coverage while hiding the redness caused by visible capillaries or puffiness. By blending the five complementary colors, the Colorscience Corrector Palette will camouflage skin imperfections while radiating an all-natural vibe.
To accentuate your cheekbones, apply a translucent pink blush with a large brush on the "apple" of your cheeks to the outer corners of your eyes.
You want your eyes to pop, but not with shocking hot-pink eyeshadow or false eyelashes. Lightly dab white eyeshadow in the corners of your eyes to make them appear wider. White eyeliner can also be applied on the lower rim of the lashline to highlight the eyes even more.
Use a neutral brown tone on your eyelid, then a slightly darker brown in the crease. Make sure to blend the colors where they meet so your eyelids look seamless.
Keep the mascara light - you don't want your lids weighed down with clumps. A layer or two of dark brown or soft black mascara on the upper lashes will make your eyes stand out but still look natural.
If you're prone to playing with your hair while you're nervous, pin it back in a sculpted bun. First, part your hair in the middle and neatly brush all your hair back to the nape of the neck, securing it in a tight ponytail. Carefully wrap the ponytail around until its in a bun, holding loose ends together with bobby pins. Finish the look with a few spritzs of a shine spray, such as Steiner Gloss Mist Shine Spray, that will hold the hair in place and prevent frizz while also giving it a healthy-looking sheen.
A high ponytail also adds a fun touch to your business attire. After brushing out your hair, bend forward and gather it into a ponytail, securing it with a clear elastic band. Once your head is up, gently smooth out any bumps or flyaway hairs with a styling gel. To give the ponytail a sophisticated look, take a one-inch section of hair from the underside of your head and wrap it around the ponytail base to mask the elastic. Once the elastic is out of sight, hold the hair in place with a bobby pin.
For those who like wearing their hair down, loose waves are soft, pretty and striking. Wrap one-to-two inch sections of your hair vertically around a curling iron held away from your face without clamping the curling iron down. When finished, finger comb the curls with a smoothing serum and hold them in place with a light hairspray, such as the Phytolaque Soie XL Finishing Spray, which uses silk proteins that don't leave behind any unwanted residue.