My Job Interview Makeup Look

My Job Interview Makeup Look

I've been having some luck again with scoring job interviews, until I actually go there and answer my questions. That's when I start to get really nervous, stutter, and talk really really fast.

One thing my mom has pounded in my head for interviews is that you must look impeccable. I remember how she annoyed me to no end about getting a haircut, nails done, brows waxed, finding the right clothes for most of my interviews, but especially before my interview with the DMV right before my 21st birthday. Even though I didn't wear a lot of makeup at the time (except for eyeliner, mascara, and some blush), I cleaned myself up accordingly and I was able to get the job with them. My mom was a flight attendant back in the 80's, the most glamorous job a woman in the Philippines could have. They had to look perfect from head-to-toe, or get reprimanded. She would always say to me, "People's first impressions of you last. Make it count. You and the other candidate could both be easily qualified, but they will remember the one who took the effort to look presentable". Now this doesn't mean you have to be drop-dead-gorgeous (though I have been paranoid about the studies about lookism and worry about not being physically attractive enough for a job), it just means that the fact that you took effort in your appearance will reflect on how much effort you will put in your job.

Now that I'm still on the job search, I am taking time to get ready in a way where I look mature and professional, with a touch of glam but not over-the-top. I tend to lean more towards mattes and neutral colors. I still go add some rosiness to my lips and cheeks.

I had an interview last Friday and yesterday. I did pretty much the same look for both of them. Here's the following makeup products I used:

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
BECCA Backlight Colour Corrector (Peach)
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (Medium)
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Glossier Cloud Paint (Dusk)
Jordana Glow N' Go Creamy Strobing Stick (Radiant Glow)
Urban Decay Original Primer Potion
Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom
MAC Lipstick (Retro)

Face
I pump my mini tube of the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and pat everywhere on my face, and start to rub it on with my fingers. Then, I apply the GA Luminous Silk Foundation on my silicone sponge, and pat it all over my face and blend in circular motions. I apply BECCA Backlight Colour Corrector on my dark circles with my ring finger, and then use Tarte Shape Tape Concealer for that extra coverage. Using a fluffy powder brush, I swirl a bit of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and sweep over my forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin. With an angled contour brush, I apply The Balm Bahama Mama across my jawlines. Then I squeeze the Glossier Cloud Paint (a tiny bit goes a long way since it's super pigmented) and pat little dots of it over the bronzer before I blend. An interview is not the time for blinding highlight, but I still want to add some life and glow to my face. So i draw a bit of the Jordana Creamy Strobing Stick over my cheekbones.

Eyes
I outline my brows with the Benefit, Precisely My Brow pencil, and draw a some small strokes in the brows (following the natural shape). I fill my brows in even more with the Benefit Gimme Brow. Then I pat the Urban Decay Primer Potion all over my lid and brow bone. Then it's time for the Too Faced Natural Matte Palette. With a brush, I swipe the shade "Honey Butter" all over the lid and brow bone. With a crease brush, I apply "Chocolate Cookie" on my outer-V to the crease, and then then layer my outer-V again with "Sexpresso". Lately I haven't lined my upper lashes with liquid liner because I've been extra nervous and anxious, so I'm deathly afraid of messing up. Instead, I use a liner brush apply "Sexpresso" again on my upper and lower lids. Lastly, I coat my lashes with L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise.

Lips
For my lips, I usually go for a creamy formula so that it doesn't dry and flake like a matte lipstick would. My favorites are MAC (Retro), Bobbi Brown (Hibiscus), or Tarte Color Splash (Island Life). Before I put on any sort of makeup, I apply a lip balm for extra hydration and nourishment. Lately I've been loving the Glossier Balm Dotcoms.

My Job Interview Makeup Look
The final touch

My mom also tells me that getting ready (physically) for the job interview is the easy part. Once you have the right clothes, shoes, makeup, and grooming styles down, you are more able to focus on the difficult aspects of the interview (figuring out how to answer the questions correctly, learning how to connect with the interviewers, etc.)

How do you prepare your makeup for an interview?

21 comments :

  1. Honestly for job interviews, I am used to looking as natural as possible, while still looking put together and polished. You nailed this balance! Lately though, I've been noticing as I interview for higher paying positions, that some people treat me like a child. (I look really, really young.) Would you have any makeup tips for helping me look older without overdoing it? thanks so much love xX

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    1. Thank you! I do look a lot younger than I really am too, and my mom told me to put even more makeup on so that I look more mature. There's been a few times where I skimped on the eyeshadow, only wore BB cream, mascara and blush and looked totally bare. I would amp up a little more than your "no makeup"-makeup look but don't go over the top. Hope this helps <3

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  2. I always admired flight attendants when I was younger (I still do) they always look so glamorous and their makeup is always on point. I agree with your mom, first impressions always count. Happy Friday Hannah and good luck on your job hunting! xx

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Aww yes, my mom and her friends up to this day are still super glamorous and fashionable in their 50s and 60s, I hope to be like them someday!

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  3. I lvoe this idea of a blog post! I think it's so important to look smart and I love a bolder/red lip as well because it makes you stand out that little bit more! xx

    www.iridescentplaces.com

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  4. This is such a nice simple yet classy look! I really want to try the Tarte concealer.
    A Sparkle Of Grace

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  5. Good article Hannah. Always remember that 1st impressions are the ones that count most. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you and I loved your post about job interviews as well! Best of luck to your daughter!

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  6. You look really professional and totally interview-ready! Love your makeup.

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  7. Love this! It's so hard to do interview makeup sometimes. You never really know what they wanna see sometimes

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  8. When it comes to interview makeup, I say do whatever makes you comfortable - That's all that counts at the end of the day! I am envious of your makeup collection you have gorgeous products - followed!!

    hayley // hayleyxmartin.com

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  9. Love your amazing post, truly interesting, thank you for sharing, cannot wait for the next exiting post!!!

    xxx

    www.noragouma.com

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  10. That's a great look! I've always heard do be subtle on an interview and you achieved it!

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  11. I really want to try the shape tape, wish it was easily available here! I love your finished look. I tend to go for a neutral look so it doesn't look over the top, need to find some neutral lip shades though! x

    Velvet Blush

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  12. Good luck with your interviews! I love the makeup look you've created. I'm the same, I like to look like I've made an effort but without looking over done. It's all about being polished and looking ready to take on the world. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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  13. Hi! I find this post really useful because I just finished my bachelor's degree and currently looking for a job ��

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  14. this look is so simple and it makes you look so beautiful. Good luck on the interview dear

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  15. Love the look Hannah. Thanks for sharing! x

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  16. Love the make up look Hannah and I definitely agree that first impressions are really important! For me, I had always gone for a natural look since I had always worked in an office environment. Anyways, good luck on your interview and keep up with wonderful work with the blog! xoxo

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  17. Clean, professional look. Well done!

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