What Makeup To Wear To An Interview

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I know it’s not necessary and if you don’t wear makeup then there’s no need for you to wear makeup to an interview. You need to feel calm and at ease and not worrying about what your eyebrows are up to. However, if you are worried about your makeup situation I may just have you covered…

I used to work at a large department store in the UK and a few days before my interview I was literally browsing every single pinterest post and blog in search of what I should be wearing on my face.

Does too much makeup give off the wrong impression? how much is too much makeup? how subtle is subtle, you know…them kind of things.

I was in desperate need of a guide or some sort of guideline to help me with what to wear to my interview and that’s what I’ve done, I have made the ultimate interview makeup guide.


makeup for an interview


Please bear in mind that this guide isn’t just for interviews, it can be for Skype conferences, assessments, training, anything where you need to be looking professional but feeling pretty fabulous where your makeup is concerned at the same time…


what to wear to an interview

The first thing I recommend is to make sure your face is cleansed, dry and free from any dirt, apply some moisturizer and then some primer. Even if you don’t usually wear it, I would opt for it. This is simply because sometimes training days and even interviews can last for hours and are often in hot, stuffy rooms. You need to be making sure your makeup isn’t sliding off your face.

Once your primer has set it’s time for foundation.

Don’t worry too much about your foundation. Just make sure it matches your neck and is well blended. Check your face in the best lighting in your house and apply your foundation there.

I wear this foundation, it’s medium to high coverage, it looks super natural, it blends easily, it’s cheap and it lasts all day, especially if you are wearing a good primer.

natural makeup

Concealer is optional. Sometimes concealer can look a bit ‘much’ so test it out and see if it looks to over the top on your finished look but, if it doesn’t, apply a small amount around the eyes and on any blemishes, make sure it is blended really well.


waht makeup to wear to an interview


I would opt for a small amount of eyeliner on the outer corners of your eyes and a good mascara. I wouldn’t go for an eye shadow as I would like to keep my interview makeup as subtle as possible.

Unless you are going for a job in makeup or beauty I also wouldn’t add any false lashes as a lot of employers want you to look like their standard of professional. (If you ever come for a job interview with me feel free to wear as much glitter, eye shadow and lashes as you wish, I don’t see it as unprofessional but a lot of people do).

Just like your eyes, I would keep it as natural as possible. Run a pencil through your brows or just leave them bare (if you can!).

What Makeup To Wear To An Interview

nyx translucent powder

Remember to do this in a well lit room as it makes all the difference. I would take a light bronzer or blush, whichever you prefer and using a blush brush just lightly apply it to my cheeks. Be careful not to press to hard as we are just trying to make the bronzer or blush look really natural and subtle.

For any type of interview or professional get together I would make sure all of my makeup was set with a setting powder either translucent or one with a colour. This just keeps your makeup in place and helps you to look a little more flawless.


tips for interview makeup


Finally! I know this isn’t makeup but, it is something I got pulled up on at my first interview. Nails. I was going for a job in the food industry which may have made a difference but, even so think about your nails before going to an interview.

Make sure they are filed neatly and appropriately. Opt for a french manicure or a subtle nude (this is the exact nude I wore)  as it just gives your whole finished look a more professional vibe. I went to my interview with a nude, brown like color on my nails and when I got the job I did get told i had to remove it all and file down my nails so, just be warned they do look at EVERYTHING!


I just also have to share a small hair tip. I found I was most confident at any interview when my hair was away from my face and in a neat pony tail. I know some people don’t need to do this but, I think it gives off a better vibe than if your hair is hanging around everywhere and you’re constantly playing with it!


I hope this post on interview makeup helped! If you have anything to add please leave it in the comments below!

Good luck!


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