How to: Makeup for an Interview
I know I often talk about wearing whatever makeup you want and not worrying about what other people think. Obviously rocking a bronze smokey eye doesn’t mean that you’ll be bad at your job. But with that being said, first impressions when interviewing for a job are so important. You can still play around with makeup techniques and application. But the end result should be you looking put together so you can put your best foot forward with the interview questions. Once you land the job, then you can impress them with your smoky eye talent!
I don’t have a strong suggestion for a primer so I would just use whatever works best with your skin type. I have been going towards this Elf primer quite a bit lately. For my foundation, I would use something that has a natural or slightly dewy finish that I know works well on my skin. Personally I would go for something like the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation or the Too Faced Born This Way. I can’t believe I didn’t include a concealer in my photo but I would 100% opt for the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. This concealer is practically crease-proof under the eyes and I know it’ll stay put even through the stress of an interview. To finish off the base, I’d set my concealer with my RCMA No Color Powder. It’s seriously amazing and retails for a great price- you just can’t beat it!
For the eyes, I would still add some definition with shadow. And the original Tartelette palette is one of my favs for neutral brown shades. I would basically use the first 3 shadows in the top row. Force of Nature on a fluffy brush in the crease, Dreamer on a denser brush in the outer V, and Free Spirit on the lid, brow bone and inner corner. I’d opt for an all matte look because I wouldn’t want to take the chance of a glitter fleck on my cheek distracting anyone from my awesome interview answers! I’d then apply eyeliner in a very thin line on my upper lash line and top it off with some Benefit Roller Lash mascara. For my brows, I’d keep it simple and just run some tinted gel through them. I personally like the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper the best!
To finish off the face, I’d keep everything pretty simple. I’d take the contour shade in the Wet n Wild Contour Palette and use it on a fluffy brush to warm up the face. I’d apply it to the hollows of my cheekbones and along the edge of my forehead and temples. I’m not talking about a full on contour- just fluff it on for a bronzed effect. Honestly I could throw on some lip balm and this point and head out the door but you could pop on some blush and highlight to really finish off the look. I’d probably opt for the Flower Beauty Blush in Peach Primrose and the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter. I love this highlight because it’s so subtle and natural looking. For a lip balm, I could do straight up Chapstick or some L’Oreal Glossy Balm if I wanted a hint of color.
I’ve shared before that I wear all kinds of smoky eyes and halos to work which is absolutely true. But for an interview or an important business meeting, keeping it simple is key. You want the person you’re speaking with to pay attention to your ideas and answers, not staring at the flecks of glitter on your cheek or being distracted by your (amazing) highlight.