I want to look professional for a job interview! Any beauty do’s and don’ts I should know about?

Nail your next interview with this beauty cheat sheet.
By Beauty Coach Alex

So you just got called in for an interview for your dream job, and you’re determined to impress! Apart from preparing your spiels and possible answers, it’s also crucial to do your research and look right for the job—and this, of course, includes perfecting your beauty look!

Want to look instantly profesh? Here are some quick tips.

Tip #1: Aim for a fresh look.

Don’t underestimate the power of a good base—it can make you look radiant and well-rested even though you stayed up all night tossing and turning. Use a medium- to full-coverage foundation or BB cream to cover up visible imperfections and even out your skin tone. If you’re the oily type or tend to sweat when nervous, go for a mattifying formula to keep grease at bay.

 
BYS All Day Wear Foundation – Medium Beige, P799


Don’t forget to liven up your cheeks with a hint of blush, too. A peachy pink shade is universally flattering, and gives a natural-looking flush.

BYS Blush – Pressed in Candyfloss, P249

 

Tip #2: Don’t forget your kilay.

Even if you’re wearing just minimal makeup, having gorgeous brows (think: clean, shaped, and filled in) can instantly make you look put-together. If you have messy arches, have them groomed a few days before your big day, and then just set them in place with a brow mascara. Got sparse strands? Go for a natural look by filling them in with a brow pencil or powder in a color that’s one shade lighter than your natural hair color.

 

Lustrous Brow Kit - Espresso, P599

Tip #3: Stay classy with neutral eye makeup.

Unless you’re applying for a creative or quirky job, it’s best to stick with a neutral palette—especially when facing big corporate bosses. Forego the bold hues for now and stay on the safe side with elegant browns, nudes, soft pinks, and peaches.


BYS Dusk Face Palette, P699


When it comes to eyeliner, make sure you choose a smudge-proof formula and keep your lines clean and subtle. Skip the too-dramatic falsies, too; just a few coats of black mascara should do the trick. You want your interviewer to see your eyes, not your eye makeup.
 

Tip #4: Be smart about your lippie.

Planning to wear your signature red lipstick? You can, as long as it’s a tried-and-tested lippie you’ve worn several times before, and you’re confident it looks good on you. Mattes and liquid lipsticks generally stay on longer than creamy formulas, and requires less touch-ups.

 
Lustrous Matte Lipstick – Sagittarius, P399

Not a lipstick person? Go for more easily wearable and subtle options, like an elegant rose or pinkish nude shade. Steer clear of too warm pinks or peaches, though, as they can make your teeth look more yellow than they actually are. Cool-toned lippies, on the other hand, can make your teeth appear whiter.

 

Tip #5: Do mind the details—like your nails!

Dirty, chipped nails can easily distract from your look and give off the impression that you’re not taking care of yourself. If you don’t have time for a professional manicure, just make sure your tips are clean and freshly cut. But should you prefer to have polish on, keep your color choices chic and classy and avoid too-loud colors or extravagant designs.

BYS Gel-Like Nail Enamel in Ballet Slipper, P99

Tip #6: Choose a subtle scent.

Sure, you want to smell good, but you don’t want to go overboard with a strong perfume. Your best bet would be a scent that smells clean and fresh, like delicate florals, a light fruity fragrance, or a powdery perfume. Just be sure to spritz in on a couple of hours before your appointment—especially if it’s an eau de toilette—to give it time to settle.

 

Luster by Nadine Lustre, P3,000

 

Tip #7: Keep your ‘do simple.

When planning your hairstyle, the key is to go for a polished look that keeps your hair out of your face. If you have long hair, you can’t go wrong with a chic ponytail or sleek straight strands. If your mane is short, just give it a good blowout and keep strands frizz-free. Avoid over-the-top hair accessories that can take the attention away from your face.

 

Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo, P799

Tip #8: Be confident!

Even if your makeup look is 100% on point, your interviewer will be to sense if you’re feeling anxious or unsure about yourself. Sit up straight and make eye contact. There’s nothing more beautiful than feeling good about yourself!

 

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