6 Makeup Tips for Your Next BIG Interview

Interview makeup

By: Samantha Weiser

You nailed the phone interview, they loved your written sample, and now you received the call to go into HQ for a presentation! You've spent hours perfecting your presentation, practicing in front of family and friends, and tomorrow's the big day. You have your shoes and outfit primed and your resume freshly printed. Now all that's left to do is your makeup. 

Along with drinking a healthy amount of water and getting a full night's sleep, makeup is the cherry-on-top when it comes to getting ready and showing off your professionalism and personality at the interview. 

Here are some tips to help you feel and look your best for your next big interview: 


1. Hydrate! Along with drinking water, be sure to moisturize your skin. Start the night before with an overnight face mask. Then in the AM, moisturize with something oil-free to keep away any shine - and don't forget your SPF. 

Ultra Facial Cream, $28; macys.com

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2. One word; Mani-Pedi. Be sure your claws are classy and functional. There's nothing more embarrassing than not being able to pick up something, or even worse; having a false nail fly off in the middle of your financial overview. Be sure your nails are clean, clipped and painted in a clear, nude, or your signature color. 

Big Apple Red, $10; target.com

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3. Oil and perspiration are natural, but not flattering. If you wear primer or liquid foundation, be sure it's oil free. You can conceal for short periods of time with powder, but run the risk of looking cake-y. Try blotting paper, the package fits comfortably in your clutch and leave you shine-free in seconds. 

Fresh Face Blotting Paper, $6; nyxcosmetics.com

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4. A splash of color can make a world of difference. Rather than choosing your go-to lipstick, try something with a sheer formula. Don't mess with a liquid lipstick because you believe it's going to last all day. In reality, you'll spend five minutes in the bathroom before the interview scrubbing it off to reapply. Sheer lipstick is easy to touch-up after drinking or eating and adds the right amount of color. 

Generation G, $18; glossier.com

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5. When all else fails, choose monochromatic makeup. Remember that sheer lipstick we were just talking about? Yeah, it doubles as a cheek color. If we've learned anything from the runways of NYFW, it's that monochromatic makeup is feminine, complementary, and absolutely stunning. Matching your lips to your cheeks (and maybe your nails) assures no unwanted contrast in the face. 

Multi-Use Sheer Tint, $24; milkmakeup.com

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6. Lastly, lock everything in place! Use a setting spray to keep eyeshadow or concealer from creasing, but also to refresh the face. If possible, spritz your face once more before the interview, it'll liven the makeup, and perhaps calm your nerves a bit in the process.

All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $32; Sephora.com


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