When it comes down to interviews I think we can all agree that at some point nerves may sometimes get the better of us. No matter whether you now have your interview technique down to a fine art there are most likely past occasions where an interview has had you feeling a little bit nervous. We can all relate to that tingling feeling in our tummy or stumbling over our words, in fact I don’t think I can ever recall an interview of mine which has gone perfectly.
Recently I had an interview which is what sparked this whole blog post off as it got me thinking about the make up that I was going to wear. Whilst I did not want to wear lots of make up, I did want to ensure that I was feeling confident about myself (or at least appearing so). Knowing that my make up would look nice and natural without any blemishes being visible was a must for me as they are something I can be quite self-conscious of when I’m suffering from them. Lately my skin has been a little bit neglected, although it is all self-inflicted of course as I have indulged in a bit too much birthday cake and chocolate.
I selected a few products that I knew would provide me with a nice, natural look without being too over the top. Personally at an interview I really do think less is more, although that could apply to most things these days when it comes to make up, as on a whole I do prefer a natural look and rarely look towards exaggerating any of my features extensively.
Upon sitting down to write this post I realise that I have forgotten to photograph the primer that I used. For completeness I am currently using the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch* which is a product that I have recently reviewed. This is a lovely primer that really sets the foundation for my base; it is also the best primer I have used so far in terms of upholding the length of my make up. For my base I chose to use my most recent make up purchase which is the Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Foundation. This is a product that I have read countless things about from many blogs in the past, of which when I last visited Selfridges I found myself being matched up and walking away with my very own bottle only half an hour later. This is a beautiful medium coverage foundation which is incredibly light on the skin and is easy to blend; I absolutely love the dewy finish that this leaves on my skin.
For concealer I have being trying out the latest one from Barry M which I have to say has impressed me so far. The Barry M Flawless Light Reflecting Concealer is really quite lovely for brightening up those dark circles so this is seeing me in good stead at the moment. I find it quite hydrating and more importantly it doesn’t set into any fine lines, therefore this has fast become one of my favourite high street products for a long time. In terms of covering blemishes it doesn’t do too much of a bad job at all, in fact overall it is a pretty good concealer. Moving onto brows I rarely stray from one of two products, that being the Illamasqua Brow Gel or Soap and Glory Archery*. For my interview I chose the latter as for me it provides a much more natural finish in comparison to the brow gel, especially because on occasion I can be a bit heavy handed which can result in a stronger brow than I’m originally going for; I didn’t want any errors on the morning of my interview.
For my eyes I knew exactly what I wanted to create which was a delicate smoky eye which is easily created using the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette*. I didn’t actually use a liner on the day as I wanted to keep things really soft therefore opted to use a tiny bit of the black eye shadow instead as this creates a much softer finish in comparison to a liquid liner. For blush I included two here as I think both can be appropriate and are very much determined by what shade of lipstick you decide to wear. NARS Deep Throat is an incredibly pretty peach shade which would add a gorgeous flush to the cheeks, which when accompanied by the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in the shade naked this would create a really nice natural look with more colour being focused upon the cheeks. However if you prefer a bit more colour on the lips as I do then the Max Factor Creme Puff Blusher in the shade nude mauve and the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in honey work really nicely together too. In the end I chose to use my Revlon Balm Stain and the Max Factor blush for my look, mainly because I simply cannot get enough of those Max Factor blushes.
To finish off my eyes I chose my trusty Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara as this really does provide the perfect amount of volume, length and separation for my lashes. In order to set everything in place I have being using the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot translucent powder which helps to set my make up in place.
In order to add the finishing touches to my look I painted my nails in ballet slippers from Essie as this shade is really pretty. Although it takes a couple of applications in order for me to get my preferred finish I do think it is worth it.
Ultimately of course it is your interview so only you can make the decision as to what you think is appropriate, naturally it all depends on the type of job you’re going for too. I would love to hear about the type of products you like to wear to interviews or indeed the ones that you wear in the work place as I know that some jobs can be more particular than others in terms of the make up people wear.