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The College Girl's Guide to Makeup For a Job Interview


Choosing the right makeup for a job interview is just as important as what you wear or how you conduct yourself. The key to interview makeup is to allow your natural beauty to shine through while drawing attention to your skills rather than your incredible makeup abilities.

If you’re interviewing for a job in the line of fashion or beauty, you have a little more leniency with what you can do. This doesn’t mean that it’s time to try a bold look for the first time or fun colors, but you can add a little flair to a fresh face.

Overall, the perfect makeup look for a job interview consists of three things: a simple base, a nude eye and fresh, subtle lips.

Simple Base

For your foundation, go with what you are most familiar with and use every day. By choosing a familiar base, you are sure to have the right color match and finish you want. If you don’t wear makeup on a daily basis, opt for a tinted moisturizer. Stila’s Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20 ($34) is a wonderful product to start with because it’s almost impossible to apply it wrong. It has a light enough coverage and comes in a variety of shades to match your skin for the perfect foundation.


To give you face life and dimension, apply a powder blush to the apples of the cheeks. It’s extremely easy to go too heavy with your blush, so make sure to apply a thin layer so that you have just enough product to make your skin glow. Benefit has a wonderful line of blushes like Dandelion ($28), which comes in a soft pink, all the way to Dallas ($28), which is a deeper rosy bronze.

Nude Eye

On the eyes, choose colors that are in your own skin tone’s natural color pallette. MAC Cosmetics has an amazing line of shadows that run from $15 for an individual cased shadow to $12 for a pan refill. When choosing an eye shadow, try to choose one with a matte or satin finish. Stay away from any frosted finishes because they can be extremely distracting on an otherwise clean face. Look for a light shade similar to the color of your skin tone to sweep across the lid, then opt for a shade slightly darker in brown or taupe. This will give your eyes definition without being too overpowering. To finish off the eyes, apply eyeliner right above the lash line and sweep on two coats of mascara.

Extra Flair: For those pursuing a creative job, try winging your eyeliner or applying a very thin line of subtle color right above your eyeliner. These small details can add just enough creativity to the face without going overboard.

Fresh, Subtle Lips


On the lips, apply either a nude or rose color lipstick with a cream finish. Again, stay away from bold colors and anything with a shimmer finish. Try Revlon’s ColorBurst Lipstick ($9) in rosy nude, which you can find at a drugstore near you.

With a fresh face like this, you will be sure to let your natural beauty shine through. Now, all you have to do is walk in fully prepared with confidence, and the job is sure to be yours. Good luck!

By: Flannery Underwood | Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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