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Eight Makeup Tips for a Flawless Job Interview

The Goodwill Career Solutions Center in Antioch hosted a Job Readiness event attended by female Goodwill clients and employees at which makeup artist Jennifer Whitus demonstrated ways to make a good impression during a job interview. Here, she recaps some of her advice. 

Getting ready for a job interview can be stressful: Deciding on what to wear, hair and makeup can be a daunting task. This is your time to make your potential new employer want to hire you, your abilities and education, and how you look can seal the deal.

A new trend now is the no makeup look. A flawless complexion starts with a good skincare regimen and a quality foundation that matches your skin tone. I regularly see women wearing the wrong foundation color, with their neck and face two different colors.

I always recommend one shade for the fall and winter, and one for the spring and summer. If you are unsure, go to a department store and have a beauty advisor test different shades to find your perfect shade, and ask for a sample.

Your blush should be applied to the apples of your cheek. Define and fill your brows with the correct color, and add a soft lip color, neutral eye shadow, soft eyeliner and a couple of coats of mascara to complete your look. The goal is for you to feel comfortable and confident in the way you look.


  1.  Less is always more
  1.   Stay away from trendy makeup: Stick to soft neutrals such as browns and taupes
  1.  Invest in quality brushes
  1.  Invest in skincare that is tailored to your skin type, i.e oily, dry, etc
  1.  Invest in a good foundation. Eye shadows, blush and lipsticks can be less expensive
  2.   If you use a bold lip, go softer on the eyes, and vice-versa
  3.   If you are unsure about a product, do not use it. Stick to your products that are tried and true
  4.   The focus should not be on your makeup, but what you can bring to your new position

Good luck, and I hope you will use these tips to land your new position!



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Jennifer Whitus has been a freelance makeup artist in the television and film industry since 2008. Contact her via her website:

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