Wednesday, January 23, 2008

How To Wear Makeup For A Job Interview

Ever wondered what type of appearance potential employers are looking for? This is a guide that will help you look your best and give you an edge to ace your interview. You don't want to apply the same make-up you would wear for a night on the town as for an interview (unless you're interviewing to be a stripper or a waitress at Hooters)
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need
Your make-up kit, a mirror and natural lighting.
Step One
It's important to start with a clean fresh face. Go through your normal cleansing and moisturizing routine before you put anything else on your face. Then get all your make-up together and go into a room with a mirror and some natural light, if that's not available, any bright-ish lighting is good. Plus any stray eyebrow hairs, just don't overdo it today.
Step Two
Apply a smaller-than-usual amount of your foundation in small dots on your face, and use your fingers or a spoange to blend from the center out. Make sure it blends up into your hairline and down your neck as well. Nothing kills a look faster than a bi-color jawline. Apply a liquid or cream concealer to any blemishes or discolored spots on your face.
Step Three
Click to enlargeBrighten your eyes by apply concealer underneath, and onto the lids to act as a primer for your eyeshadow. Apply a neutral colored shadow all over your lid, a light beige is great. Take a darker neutral and carefully blend it into the countour of your eyelid, and then a very light or white shade on the inner corners of your eye to appear more awake.
Step Four
No liner is necessary for this look, but if you feel you must, make it a thin line and blend it a bit. Go light with your mascara, wiggle the wand back and forth across your lashes. I've found it helps to gently wipe the wand with a tissue prior to applying. Take a translucent powder and gently swipe it everywhere but your eyes, concentrating on your T-zone.
Step Five
Click to enlargeSave your blush until the very last, so if you went a little heavy on your eyes, you can balance it back out by using less blush, and vice versa. If you have very light lips, apply some nude lipstick, if you have pink-colored lips naturally just wear some clear gloss or chapstick. Now take a good look in the mirror and make sure your look is even and natural-looking.

Overall Tips & Warnings
If you mess something up, you don't need to start all over. Just use some make-up remover (sparingly) if it's your eye area, or some gentle cleanser if it's a spot on your face.
Red lipstick gives a confident look so it isn't out of the question, but it may be a dealbreaker for an interview, so use with caution.

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