'Tis the season for interviews and whether you're fresh out of college or looking to score your dream job after a string of less-than-perfect ones, the key to nailing the interview starts with how you look. It's true - at least in the realm of interviews - that people do judge a book by its cover, so you'll want yours to be fabulous, yet understated. Marie Claire Magazine recently broke down exactly how you should look on your next interview to impress for success.
There is nothing worse than having flaky or chapped lips. Not only does it force you to constantly pick away at your pout, but it can make you look unpolished when wearing a vibrant red or pink lipstick.
In order to avoid having this distraction on your big day at the office, start the morning off by exfoliating your lips. You can use a lip scrub for this, or a simpler approach. For the latter, prep your pout by applying a warm face cloth on your lips for between one and two minutes. After the allotted time, start to rub the face cloth in small circles all over your lips to remove any dead skin or other imperfections. Then apply a moisturizing lip balm to seal your lips.
The perfect shade
Once your lips are soft and lovely, it's time to think about what color lipstick will work to say "I'm professional, yet stylish." The experts at the magazine report the best way to look fresh and put together is to select a muted red or cranberry lipstick for your pout. Try to find a shade that is one or two hues darker than your actual color to enhance your pout without looking too busy or out of place.
After selecting the optimal lip hue, it's time to start in on your overall complexion. To begin, grab your go-to foundation and apply it all over your face- making sure to blend it in at the T-zone to hide any shine. Next, use a makeup brush to dab concealer under your eyes - to hide dark circles - and on any other trouble areas or blemishes that may have popped up.
The last way you'll want to look on an interview is tired or worn out. No matter how late you were up planning the perfect outfit or tossing and turning in your bed due to nerves, you can never let your interviewer know it. The trick professionals use to help clients look perky is rosy and dewy cheeks. The magazine suggests ladies heading out on their first interview should look awake by selecting a cream-based blush in a raspberry or soft pink hue. Tip: for a "subtly luminous flush," dab a bit of sheer tint on the apple of your cheeks after applying the blush.
Pretty, yet understated peepers
When it comes to eye makeup, now is not the time to try out that new thick cat eye style. Instead, The Daily Muse suggests you keep the look stylish, but simple and classic. For an interview, skip the shimmer and glitter and instead start with neutral colors. For eyeshadow, think colors like champagne or light gold and then apply shades like light gray or brown to put on your crease lines for definition. Then use a darker shade of brown or navy for example, from the crease to your brow lines.
Since eyeliner can really open up your eyes, it's OK to use it for a job interview, however sparingly. It may be a good idea to stray from harsh black colors and instead use a deep chocolate brown or charcoal pencil to line your upper and lower lids.
Finish off your impressive look with a few coats of black mascara.