Job interviews are damn stressful. I had one last week and I went to do my makeup and my mind went absolutely blank. Eyeshadow? What’s eyeshadow? How do I do my brows again? I seriously couldn’t remember anything about my normal routine, it made me very glad that I decided to do my makeup early.
So that you don’t have to go through what I did (and let’s be real, so I can consult this post again when I need to) I decided I should document what I did for my job interview makeup.
For me, the key to job interview makeup is keeping it natural. While I desperately wanted to wear bright purple lipstick so I could fake confidence, I didn’t want to be worrying about having purple lipstick smeared across my face. And maybe it would have been a little too much, even for an interview for a theatre company.
Like always, I primed my eyes with two primers. This time it was NYX HD Eye Primer and blinc’s Eye Shadow Primer. I always use two primers on my eyelids – one never cuts it for my oily lids.
For my actual eyeshadow I decided to use the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. I’m still not that impressed with it, to be honest – the shadows feel really stiff and aren’t as pigmented as I’d like. That being said, I love the look that I managed. I think is the best blending I’ve ever done on my eyes!
- Skimp all over the eyelid as a base
- Anaheim in the crease
- Steady in the outer third of the lid
- Another layer of Skimp in the inner third lid to brighten it
- Serious in the outer v for some definition
- Blonde in the inner corner and as a brow bone highlight
I took a ridiculous amount of time on my brows for this look: I got really into drawing in little hairs.
To start I filled in my entire brow area with MAC Omega Eyeshadow, concentrating the colour mostly on the tail and underside of the brow. Then I went to town filling in the sparse bits (mostly at the front of my brows) with Dior’s Universal Brow Pencil. Lastly I set everything with Marcelle’s Perfect Brow tinted brow gel and then combed through everything to make it less harsh.
And to set everything, I once again doused my face in the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Spray & Set. I can’t help it!
I started my base with my favourite glowy primer, Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base. I love wearing it either under my foundation or mixed in for a base with a bit less coverage, but you could also use it on top of your foundation in the typical highlighting points (cheekbones, brow bone, cupids bow) as a liquid primer. After the Clarins primer, I tried to combat any redness and my dark circles (which were particularly fierce) with Lise Watier’s Corrector Portfolio and used my beauty blender to blend it into my skin. These cream correctors can be quite heavy if you’re not careful, so make sure to use a light hand.
I then used my beauty blender to apply the Marcelle Flawless Skin-Fusion Foundation which is my favourite medium-coverage foundation ever. It’s hydrating but lasts all day on my combo skin and it feels light on the face. And because I’m always fighting the dark circles I used Make Up For Ever’s Full Cover Concealer on my eyes for an added layer of coverage.
I always powder my face, no matter the foundation. I’m still paranoid about my makeup sliding off of my face, even though my skin isn’t as oily as it used to be. For a natural glowy powder, my favourite is MAC Skinfinish Natural. It sets the makeup without mattifying the entire face, and I’m going to get as much use out of it as I can before I need to switch up to something more mattifying once it gets hot out.
For blush and bronzer I stuck to the usual suspects: The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer and tarte‘s Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush. I knew I could rely on both of these to make my skin look natural, but healthy and the chance of clown cheeks is slim to none.
Before I moved onto my eyes I doused my face in L’Oreal Infallible Pro Spray & Set. I don’t go anywhere without setting my face with a spray and since running out of my Urban Decay All-Nighter I’ve been enjoying this one a lot.
Like I said, I was seriously tempted by something bold for my lips, but decided against it. Instead I used NARS Rakugien Satin Lip Pencil, an easy swipe and go lippie. The great thing about this pencil is that if it wears off it doesn’t matter because it’s the perfect My Lips But Better shade for me.
And that’s the finished look! It’s not a quick one, but I needed something to busy myself with before I left the house. If you’d like something a little simpler, check out my 5 Minute Makeup Look (which is probably more like a 15 minute makeup look to be honest).
What do you rock when you have a job interview?