Going on an interview? Chances are you’re busy researching and rehearsing which leaves little time for planning an outfit. To help you land that dream position—without breaking the bank—we’ve rounded up three versatile ensembles and the appropriate makeup essentials to match. After all, helping you reach your style potential is our job.
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For an interview at a law firm or any corporate environment, keep the pieces classic and demure. Opt for a fitted (but not tight!) pencil skirt, a printed blouse in a neutral palette and a functional bag. Finish the look with sleek pumps and a traditional watch. Leave layered jewelry at home.
Keep it very simple, you want to be noticed for your resume not your ability to create an artful smoky eye. After your typical base, apply a light dusting of bronzer, a nude lip and a few coats of black mascara.
For a job in a creative field you can bend the rules. In fact, you should bend the rules a little to underscore your creative capabilities. A bright statement jacket or light coat will pack a punch but can easily be removed once you're in the interview. Team a silk tee with wide-leg trousers and muted grey accessories for a twist on traditional office attire.
You can take a few liberties with your makeup, but don't go overboard. Rather than a fragrance which can overpower a room, choose a lightly scented, fresh body lotion like this Caudalie option. A cheek and lip tint will add a natural flush of color, and a teeth whitening pen will erase any lingering coffee stains. Finish with a slim flick of eyeliner to define your eyes.
A position in the education sector calls for a polished daytime look. This summer-appropriate, pleated midi dress pairs beautifully with a cream linen blazer (which won't wrinkle). Add tan accessories like this sensible heeled sandal, a school-friendly satchel and finish with delicate stud earrings.
Even out your complexion with a hydrating tinted moisturizer. Add a sheer, berry tint to your lips and keep nails short and neutral.
Regardless of the industry you're entering, there are a few key items that everyone should have in their arsenal. Altoids (don't even think about chewing gum) are a necessity, as is a resume portfolio that can stow a neat notepad for you to jot down pertinent information about the position. Keep a classic pen in the portfolio so you are always prepared and avoid any embarassing ink explosions. Finally, be sure to send a handwritten thank you card as a follow up. It will go a lot farther than an email from your smartphone, and many employers discount applicants who forgo this vital step. Good luck!