Interview Hair, Makeup, Fragrance, and Nails Tips

Here are some tips on hair, makeup, fragrance, and nails for the day of your interview! These small parts of your appearance can be very important in making a great first impression.

Hair: Keep it simple

  • If your hair is long, consider pulling it back in a ponytail. This way, you won’t be tempted to absentmindedly fiddle with it.
  • Even if you don’t use hair spray every day, a light dusting of it will keep fly-aways at bay.
  • Don’t wear a hat as part of your ensemble. If you need a hat to keep yourself warm, remove it before entering the building, and peek into a mirror to remove any traces of hat head.
  • Skip the flashy hair accessories.
  • Keep your hair out of your face at all costs. Long bangs falling into your eyes are sexy for a date, but they won’t project a professional image. If you need to get them out of your face, using a simple barrette or bobby pin is a fine solution.

Makeup: Less is more

  • For your face, you probably won’t need much more than concealer and loose powder. If you have blemishes or uneven skin tone, by all means, use a foundation! But if you don’t need much coverage, just skip it.
  • The night before your interview, exfoliate chapped lips by scrubbing them with a warm, wet washcloth. Follow with a generous coating of lip balm. Before the interview, use a sheer lipstick to give lips a hint of color.
  • Wear lipstick, not lip gloss. Gloss is too shiny and youthful for a formal occasion like an interview.
  • Use eye shadows in neutral shades such as tan, brown, and cream. A little bit of shimmer is fine, but stay away from adding a lot of shine to your eyelids.
  • Mascara and a thin line of smudged pencil eyeliner are really all you need. Skip the liquid liner, even if you can apply it like a pro.
  • Well-groomed brows show that you pay attention to details. Tweeze any stray hairs that threaten to give you uni-brow.
  • Applying a little bit of blush makes everyone look healthier. Use this rather than bronzer for a natural-looking, healthy glow.

Fragrance: One easy-to-remember guideline

  • Don’t wear any. You don’t want your interviewer put off by a scent they don’t find appealing. Everyone is different. Skip it.

Nails: A few tips

  • It doesn’t matter whether your nails are long or short, but they should be neatly filed.
  • A neutral nail is foolproof, so look for barely-there beige and pink polishes. Classic red can work, too, but use your judgment: it’ll probably fit in at an ad agency, but not at a conservative law firm.
  • Skip the French manicure. Some people think they’re classy, but others think they’re corny, so just go with a single color.




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2 responses to “Interview Hair, Makeup, Fragrance, and Nails Tips

  1. Joyce Tomlinson

    Hello Holyoke Career Closet,

    Do you have a need for some ladies costume jewerly? My church recently held a “Columbus Day Fair” and some of the ladies costume jewerly did not sell. Does the Holyoke Career Closet have a need for it? ​ I’m sure lots of it would compliment many of the career outfits you have available for our students. If so, I can bring it into HCC and down to your office if you’d would like it. Please let me know.

    Joyce Tomlinson

    On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM, Holyoke Career Closet wrote:

    > Holyoke Career Closet posted: “Here are some tips on hair, makeup, > fragrance, and nails for the day of your interview! These small parts of > your appearance can be very important in making a great first > impression.Hair: Keep it simpleIf your hair is long, consider pulling it > back in a p”

    • Holyoke Career Closet

      Hello Joyce!
      Thank you so much for thinking of us! If you would like to bring the jewelry to the Career Closet, we can sort through it and pick out what we believe would be interview appropriate then donate the rest to our thrift store Mother Mary’s. Feel free to email me to work out the details at .

      Joanne Castillo
      Coordinator of Holyoke Career Closet
      Americorps VISTA
      Holyoke Community College
      Kittredge Center 207
      Tel. 413-552-2564
      Fax. 413-552-2745

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