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.