As much as everyone would like to believe that education and experience and whatnot, looks are a big part of the hiring process (as countless psychological studies have shown). With that in mind, and since I had a job interview today, I am going to share my own very low-key interview makeup look, and then some tips on the matter.
Unbearably awkward and awful selfie
1. Purple and orange concealers under the eyes to look marginally more alive
The skin underneath my eyes is dark and a bit sunken. I can never mask it entirely. There have been times however when I have been REALLY exhausted and kept rubbing the skin underneath my eyes thinking I was getting rid of some makeup residue, but no: that was literally how my face looked. So, yeah. I needed to look somewhat less cracked out. As I mentioned in my post on quick fixes, purple and salmon-y colored concealers are excellent for hiding any undereye discoloration since they are opposite the color wheel from the gorgeous natural shade that is both sort of sallow and mottled yellow-y/dark. Mmmmm.
Make Up Forever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette in 5 Professional Corrective Shades – $38
I didn’t really any have significant redness today, so I just used a dab of the green on the sides of my nose.
2. Tinted moisturizer
Since it was disgustingly hot today (like, at least 90 degrees), I opted for light coverage and maximum laziness. This usually brings me to my trusty tinted moisturizer which, like everyone else’s, is by Laura Mercier. There is a reason everyone talks about it though: it’s awesome! It also comes in a variety of colors for WoC, which is dope. I wear it like I would foundation and blend it in.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in Nude – $43
The tinted moisturizer gives the impression (or so I would like to think) that I’m not really wearing much makeup and I’m just super dewy and even-toned and super chill all the time about my skin.
3. Fill in eyebrows
I recently took the plunge and purchased both Anastasia’s DIPBROW Pomade and its #12 brush, and it looks fantastic. I really love that it is waterproof and that, thanks to the brush (and the formula too, I suppose) how natural my brows look.
Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade in Soft Brown – $18
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12 – $18
Even when I have decided to not really put on makeup, I will always at least put on tinted moisturizer, a swipe of mascara, and, most importantly, fill in my brows. It has such a dramatic effect on my face but is still subtle.
Depending on where one is interviewing, and how skilled you are at putting on liner, this could be tricky. If you’re going to a creative or artsy place for your interview, I feel you’re more likely to get away with (that is, for the look to be appropriate) a winged liner look (as long as it isn’t too crazy). You might also be okay with it if your winged liner is fucking immaculate and everything else about your makeup and outfit is toned done. As of late, I have just been using a liner pencil just along my top lashline and smudging it in, since I still get a bit of contrast/definition and it definitely takes me a fraction of the time I would have spent otherwise using my Stila pen.
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Storm (charcoal) – $18
Just one coat. We’re not going for drama, here; hence why I consciously chose to not use Benefit’s They’re Real! (since one might mistaken them for falsies – it has happened before), and went for Too Faced instead.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – $23
I lightly applied blush to the apples of my cheeks, and outwards and upwards.
I HAVE BEEN SO EXCITED TO WRITE ABOUT THIS STUFF BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING. Once again, I am late to the party, but now that I’m here let me shout it from the rooftops: Yves Saint Laurent’s Glossy Stain is AMAZING!!! And comes in an incredible array of colors! It was expensive but definitely worth it. With two coats, this stuff stays on for hours and hours and hours, even after drinking something. I had been feeling nostalgic for lip gloss but not for its stickiness before I finally purchased this; I don’t really have issues with my hair getting caught on my lips with this formula or anything, though! BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT. Oh, yeah, and I guess it looked nice for the interview too.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 7 Corail Aquatique – $35