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Whether you’re interviewing for a new job, internship, or school leadership position, interviews can be pretty intimidating. You want to put your best foot forward—and with that, your best makeup look and hairstyle. From the right shade of lipstick to what hair styling products to use, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do interview makeup and hair.
To start your makeup look, it’s important to use a makeup primer. Use the L’Oréal Paris Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer to create a healthy, radiant complexion and allow your makeup to last throughout the day. The last thing you want is for your makeup to be blotchy or smudged by the time of your interview!
As tempting as it may be to cover your face with the highest coverage foundation you own, you’re better off using a foundation that has a natural, bare skin finish. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Cushion Foundation is a liquid foundation that will give you luminous, buildable coverage. You’ll have a fresh natural glow but can still have the option of building up a little extra coverage anywhere you consider a problem area.
To brighten your eyes and make them appear more awake, use a concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone and apply it in an upside-down triangle shape under each eye, making sure to blend it out. Use the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer.
You’ll want to add subtle color to your face so your face makeup appears natural, clean, and sophisticated. Use a light-colored blush, like the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup in Bashful, on your cheekbones for a soft pop of color.
When it comes to eye makeup, it’s best to keep things neutral. Think along the lines of a subtle brown smoky eye. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Boudoir Charme is perfect for your interview. Apply the lightest brown shade to your lid, the cream color to the inner corner of your eye, and the darkest brown to your crease so your eyes can be defined without being over the top.
To finish your eye makeup, define your lashes by using a black mascara. Use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise in Mystic Black. You’ll likely want to skip out on wearing eyeliner for your interview, depending on what it’s for and where it is, to maintain a simple, professional look.
For an interview, a neutral lip color is always a good idea. A tinted lip balm is a great way to give your lips sheer color while also keeping them hydrated. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Balm in Rose Elixir.
For your hair, you want to make sure your mane is tamed, controlled, and polished. If your interview is during warmer months, consider using products for frizzy hair to keep your hair smooth and shiny.
As far as interview hairstyles go, it’s ideal to put your hair into an updo, a ponytail, or to clip it back. When people are nervous—as most of us are for an interview—they have the tendency to play with or adjust their hair. By keeping your hair out of your face, you won’t have this problem and will maintain a composed appearance! Check out our article, 3 Sophisticated Hairstyles to Try, for some inspiration.
Don’t forget to spray your hair with hair spray once it’s styled! This will help keep your style in place and avoid any fly-aways from making their debut.
Now that you’re ready to show up to your interview in style, read our article, 7 Top Knots for Every Day of the Week.