I recently went on a job interview at Sephora for a position selling and applying makeup. While interviewing for a position applying makeup one needs their makeup to be flawless, however, I think that all job interview makeup needs to be flawless. Makeup that wears off before it’s time, blemishes that garner more attention than you, or crazy eyebrows are all things that can really alter that first opinion.
Rimmel Stay Matte Primer || A good primer that you trust is a must when starting your job interview makeup. The main purpose of the primer is to start your skin with a blank canvas that is the same overall. It also helps keep your makeup in place throughout the day.
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer || Your eyes also need to be primed to keep the eye shadows from creasing. Any eye primer by Urban Decay is a good one, however, I prefer the anti-aging formula for two reasons. First, it’s doesn’t have any color to it like a few other of Urban Decay’s primers do. Second, it’s never to early to start fighting those wrinkles and this helps with that overtime and it reduces redness!
Covergirl 3-in-1 Outlast Foundation || A foundation that you trust is a must for your job interview makeup. You want something that you know is going to holdup to a possible stressful situation. You also want something that you know is going to cover all of your blemishes. The Covergirl 3-in-1 Outlast foundation is a favorite of mine because it has great coverage and I know it will last.
Benefit Fakeup Concealer || If you picked a foundation that has good coverage then you should really only need a highlighting concealer. A highlighting concealer is one that you put under your eyes to brighten them up a bit. A good highlighting concealer is one that is a shade or two lighter than your foundation shade. I prefer Benefit’s Fakeup Concealer because it has a hydrating ring around the concealer that brings moisture back to that fragile under eye area. Remember when blending your concealer to be very gentle!
Urban Decay Naked Palette || A job interview isn’t the time to break out your colorful eye shadows or a dark smokey eye. Your job interview makeup should be more natural and if you must do a smokey eye try to keep to the lighter brown shades. The Urban Decay Naked Palette is on that gives you a variety of options for a neutral eye look, you can really base them around your eye color to make your eyes pop without them being overpowering.
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara || Once you finish your eye shadow you’ll of course move onto mascara. When choosing the mascara for your job interview makeup make sure to choose one that you know won’t flake, cause your eyes to run, won’t run, and doesn’t give you spider lashes. CoverGirl’s Clump Crusher is my favorite for anytime I KNOW I need my mascara to stay put. Plus added bonus it’s only around $8 at the drugstore, score! Just one thing, don’t apply any of whichever mascara you’re using on your top lashes to the bottom because…
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara || You’ll be using a bottom lash mascara on your bottom lashes. I do this for two reasons the first being that with a wand that small it’s easy to get in and make sure you’re defining each lash. More importantly though one of the worst things to happen is to have your foundation and concealer done just for that big mascara wand to dab you right under your eye or against your nose. It’s always a pain to clean that up AND it almost always either leaves a streak in your foundation that doesn’t blend back together or it leaves a little hint of that mascara behind. With the small wand of the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara that doesn’t happen.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel || Once you finish your eyes you need to tame those brows. You’d never believe how much a tamed brow can make-or-break a look. If you need to use a brow powder to fill in your brows first then go ahead, however, if you’re not comfortable doing that then just apply the clear brow gel over the brows making sure to run from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner each time. If you do fill in your brows make sure to top off with a brow gel to make sure they stay in place.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder || Once you finished all of your eye makeup you’re going to set your foundation. You’ll want to use a big fluffy brush and a pressed or loose powder to set with. I have several that I prefer but this one has been a favorite of late as it really keeps my face matte all day.
Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer || If you are a person that uses bronzer to contour you can still incorporate that into your job interview makeup. When incorporating bronzer into your job interview makeup just make sure that you use a light hand, you don’t want a super harsh contour.
Benefit Hervana Blush || The blush for your job interview makeup needs to be something that’s light and feminine. What you don’t want is clown cheeks or to look like you ran a marathon right before your interview! Again a light hand is key and when applying dab on the apple of the cheek and blend outwards back to the ear keeping on the cheekbone.
Benefit High Beam || If you’d like you can apply just a dab of highlighter at the very top of the cheekbones and blend outwards. This will catch the light when you turn giving you a nice healthy glow. However, it’s not necessary to add if you feel it just doesn’t fit your job interview makeup.
Mac Sunny Seoul || A good lipstick for your job interview makeup is a “Your lips but better shade.” Essentially, this is a shade that adds a bit of color to the lip, covers any imperfections, and just in general evens things out. This shade can be different for each person but I find that a good general shade is Mac’s Sunny Seoul. Sunny Seoul is part of Mac’s creemsheen line, which means it has a creamy feel on the lip and it has a bit of a shine to it.
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