If you’re graduating this year or just on the hunt for a summer internship, you’re probably very well acquainted with the basic wardrobe items you can wear to a job interview (black pants, button-down, low-heeled pumps, yada yada yada). But on the day of the interview you might start freaking out about your beauty game. Are you wearing too much makeup? Not enough? Is your lipstick too bright? Should you wear mascara? Perfume? Blush?
Well, friends, I’m here to help. I’ve been to more job interviews than I can count, and I think I sort of have the makeup part of it down (the answer to the ‘where do you see yourself in five years?’ question..not so much.)
So here are some pointers from yours truly.
You want to look alert: Cover up those dark circles! You want to look like you’re full of energy, not like you’re tired (or worse, hungover.) Undereye concealer is a good move.
You want to look wide-eyed: This helps with the whole alertness thing. A little bit of mascara helps with this – but opt for a more subtle brown instead of a full throttle dramatic black., because….
You want to look natural: Stash away the red lipstick, the heavy liner, the colored eyeshadow. Pick a pinkish nude lipstick, though. This will make your lips look really even toned, which will make your whole face look brighter.
You want to look groomed, but not immaculately so: Make sure your manicure isn’t chipping! It looks sloppy and unprofessional. Your nails should be a neutral shade as well. Don’t feel like you need to go out and get them done at the salon, though. They should look decent but not necessarily perfect. Unpainted is totally cool.
You want your hair to look neat: Straightening can be a good move. I love big, messy curly hair but it looks wilders and sexier than demure, flat hair. A low ponytail is also a good choice.