I’m not sure about everyone else but April is my interview season. I have been on tons of interviews in the last few years so I thought I’d share some beauty tips I’ve picked up along the way. Why have I been on so many interviews? I briefly mentioned this in my 50 Facts About Me Tag I did quite a while ago now, but I have spent the last couple of years working for my university in a variety of jobs and because of how their system works, I have to reapply and interview every year. Plus the position is never guaranteed so I end up interviewing for other jobs while waiting on that one. In all it has added up to quite a few interviews. I think I have really honed in on some ‘interview beauty’ tips that I thought might be helpful. So let’s get to it!
*Note: I do work mainly in an office environment so my tips are geared towards this.
Tip 1: Know the work environment
This kind of fits in my with my little note right at the end of my intro. More than anything, you need to know the kind of work environment you’d be in if you got the job. This really does dictate how you’ll dress and do your makeup for the interview. For example, if you’re going to be working in a more creative environment, that gives you a little more freedom. If you don’t know or are unsure, then it is always best in my opinion to lean to the neutral side. I think for me to really be more open with my makeup and style in an interview I would have to be 100% sure that doing so would be acceptable. If I had any doubt I wouldn’t do it. I find doing research online is the best way to get to know the company or organization in advance and decide how you’ll approach the interview.
Tip 2: Less is more
For the most part I think less is more when it comes to interview makeup. I ultimately want the interviewer to remember me, not my awesome eyeliner or bright lipstick. Outside of an interview, I’d love if someone remembered that about me but in an interview what I’m saying is the most important thing. If the interviewer is going over the interviewer is going over the interviews and can only remember what I looked like rather than why I’m qualified, then I likely won’t get the job. So for an interview I stick to neutrals and save the bright looks for my own time.
Tip 3: Enhance your features
When I sit down to do makeup for an interview I know it’s not going to be the most exciting makeup I’ve ever done and that’s okay. There is plenty of time to sit down and really be creative, but like I said I stick to neutrals.
I will usually pick a lighter coverage foundation like the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation so my skin looks even, but not too heavy. I usually go light on the bronzer for an interview, since I’m so pale a ton of bronzer doesn’t really fit with a natural look. I will pick a blush that’s not too bright, but will be bring some life to my face. Just enough so I look fresh and awake. For highlight, I go really really light handed. I think highlight is a fast way to look overdone so I do pick something very natural and go light with it. I rarely ever use my Ambient Lighting Palette, but I do think it works for an interview highlight.
For my eyes I tend to stick to matte shades. This is just my preference, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with some soft shimmer on the eyes but I just gravitate towards matte shades more interviews. I will usually do light matte browns with a little matte brown eyeshadow around my lashline instead of eyeliner, just to add some definition and make my lashes look thicker. I do this because I have round eyes and I don’t really care for eyeliner with no wing on me and I wouldn’t do winged eyeliner in an interview. It’s another thing that can go wrong and I like fuss free beauty for interviews. The last thing I want is my eyeliner is melt off before the interview or smudge or something. I try to pick eye looks that have minimum potential to be train wrecked before the interview. I will then just give my lashes a really good curl to open up my eyes and some mascara. I always put something on the lower lash line, but nothing smokey. Just something to add a little definition.
For my lips I go for something natural, like a light pink gloss with a little lip liner underneath. I do like gloss as I think it looks really fresh and it’s much less likely to be on your teeth which is so awkward for you and the interviewer. I don’t tend to pick nudes for myself in an interview just because with the light eye makeup I do, it makes me look super washed out. If you do wear lipstick make sure to suck on your finger or a tissue ahead of time just to avoid that awkward moment.
Tip 4- Pick something that makes you confident (Be Yourself!)
With all that being said, you still want to wear something that makes you confident. It can be hard to do if you really feel best with a ton of colour or something like that. If that is what makes you confident, then find a way to incorporate it in a way that’s not overwhelming. For example, you could wear a neutral outfit with bolder coloured accessories like a necklace or a brighter shoe. The more confident you are, the smoother the interview will go and how you perceive you look is a big part of that.
Tip 5: It doesn’t matter if the job isn’t ‘professional’
I see this a lot and to be honest I don’t really get it. Just because the job you’re going for might not be in and office or in a corporate environment, unless told otherwise I treat the interviews exactly the same. I still wear subdued makeup and business wear because for an interview you’re always better to be overly professional than under. Even if the interviewer didn’t need you to look that professional, it still shows that you cared. If I thought I could get away with brighter makeup for a ‘less professional’ interview, I probably still wouldn’t because I argue that in most interview environments they won’t criticize you for looking neutral and professional, but they will criticize you if you don’t look appropriate.
I like to think for the most part that makeup should be without rules, but if I want the job I have no issue playing it safe. Once you get to know the people and the environment better (once you get the job) then you can ease into playing with your makeup a little more. Of course this is all just my opinion and what has worked for me, everyone has a different way of approaching interview beauty I’m sure.
So there you have it! Leave your tips below so that we have a great resource for all future interviews!
Bye for now!