Get Ready for Your Interview: Tips for Face, Makeup and Nails!

Published on May 19, 2015

You just received a call for an interview at that job you've been wanting and your nerves are already through the roof. First, what to wear. Next, figuring out how to do your hair and makeup. Believe it or not, how you look has a lot to do with whether or not you land that dream position. But don't panic.

Beauty Undercover comes to the rescue with answers to your burning beauty questions on how to look insanely professional and chic when trying to nail that dream job.

The key is to understand the importance of first impressions. Your goal should be to convey your competence, neatness, and attention to detail — all of which can be communicated through your appearance. More importantly, the more confident you are about your appearance, the more you'll be able to focus on presenting your qualifications and experience.

We've compiled some quick and practical beauty tips for your next job interview, to help you ace that interview.

Skin: Keep it well and spend less time on make up!

Get Ready for Your Interview: Tips for Face, Makeup and Nails!Get Ready for Your Interview: Tips for Face, Makeup and Nails!

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If you worry about your acne acting up the day before your big interview, you're not alone! Many struggle with flare ups, especially in our hot and humid Singapore climate... and we all know how long it can take to cover up those terrible blemishes using makeup!

For those of you plagued with such issues, we have some tips from Shiori from SONA Japanese Skin Studio, one of our favourite facial therapists in Singapore!

  • Certain comedogenic cosmetic products, such as BB or CC creams may sound attractive to those of you with acne skin. However, the wrong type of BB cream, serum or moisturizer can actually clog your pores and cause you to have more acne instead! Therefore, DON'T try a new facial products days before your interview. If you are still weeks away, you can consider trying new facial products on a small spot on your face to test if it is right for you! If not, visit a dermatologist for recommendations.
  • Simple is best and it's always safer to stick with organic or/and dermatologist-certified products.
  • Shiori mentioned that clay cleansers are a lot more effective than typical cleansers in making sure that your face is well cleansed. Therefore, she would recommend daily pore cleansing using clay cleansers instead of normal cleansers! An example is the Dermalogica Clay Cleanser shown here:,default,pd.html
  • Remember to put on non-comedogenic sun screen as excessive sun can also irritate your skin and worsen your acne issues!
  • Eat well. High glycemic index carbohydrates like white bread and snacks with loads of sugar raise blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to breakouts. Balance your hormones with whole grains and vegetables. We know you are stressed but try to avoid chocolate or excessive sweet snacks the week of your interview!
  • If the adult acne is very severe with hormonal imbalance as the root cause, you should consider going for a check up at the National Skin Centre for actual medicines that can control your condition.

If you are able to incorporate the above tips into your skincare regime, you are likely to see an improvement in your skin after some time!

For those who want to accelerate the process, however, we would recommend you to stop by SONA Japanese Skin Studio. Shiori from SONA Japanese Skin Studio has developed an acne program to help customers improve their skin condition which includes Gentle Peeling, Deep Pore Ultrasound Cleansing, Manual Extraction, Purifying and Soothing treatments.

Shiori has helped many customers improve their skin condition and an example of one of her customers' skin before and after 5 sessions is shown here:

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This young customer of hers is 22 years old and has been plagued with acne condition for the past 6 months due to puberty-related hormonal imbalance. She came to SONA Japanese Skin Studio every 3 weeks for 5 sessions, used topical creams and clay cleanser masks for daily care at home as well as recommended acne treatment lotion and moisturizer. For make-up, she switched from heavy liquid foundation to mineral skin care foundation and concealer and avoided comedogenic cosmetic products.

After 3 months into the acne program, her acne has improved greatly.

So for those of you plagued with acne, don't lose hope! Figure out what's wrong with your current homecare regime and go to a trusted therapist like Shiori from SONA Japanese Skin Studio for some real effective advice.

Makeup: Less Is More

Makeup: Less Is More

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  • Make sure your makeup doesn't distract the interviewer from your talent and charisma while you're in the hot seat. An interview isn't the place to experiment with the latest runway trend you've seen.
  • Simple, more natural-looking makeup for your complexion is the best look to strive for. If you still want to add a bit more color or highlight a feature, try to focus on just one area, such as lips, cheekbones, or eyes, to avoid looking clownish or like you are dressed up to go out.
  • For acne-plagued readers, consider using mineral makeup and concealers to avoid flare ups!
  • 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 your 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 a monobrow. If you have brow gel, use it to set your brows in place. (A tiny bit of hair gel, diluted with water, can do the same thing.)
  • A little bit of blush makes everyone look healthier. Use this rather than bronzer for a natural-looking, healthy glow.
  • Give yourself extra time. If you usually take five minutes to get ready in the morning, allow yourself 15. It's better to build in some wiggle room.

Fragrance: One Easy-to-Remember Guideline


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  • Don't wear any. You don't want your interviewer put off by a scent he/she doesn't find appealing. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to smell. Err on the side of caution and skip the perfume.
  • Deodorant, however, is a go especially if you have to brave through the hot Singapore sun!

Nails: A Few Tips

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  • Unless you have naturally clean, even, hangnail-free nails, schedule a manicure a day or two before your big interview.
  • It doesn't matter whether your nails are long or short. They should be neatly filed. For men, nails should be cut short. Women’s nails shouldn’t be excessively long.
  • 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. Stick with a single colour.
  • Chipped nail polish looks unpolished and unprofessional. Be sure to either remove your old coat or apply a new one!

Attire: Fit the culture!

  • Depending on what the interview is for, you may be able to dress more casually for some jobs than others. This is especially true for jobs that don’t require wearing a suit to work everyday.
  • If you are unsure as to what level of professionalism to dress for, it is better to look more polished and less casual.
  • Your outfit can be stylish and flattering, but it should also be simple and not divert attention away from your face, words and resume.
  • Pencil skirts, dress pants, blazers, dresses with appropriate coverage, plain button-up shirts, cardigans, nice blouses and simple and untarnished pumps, boots or flats are all acceptable articles of clothing to wear for interviews. Basic jewellery is appropriate, especially in gold, silver or black.

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While these guidelines can be applied to most interviews and professional settings, you can do even more to prepare for your specific interview. If you are familiar with the workplace or business, look at what the current employees wear to their jobs. If possible, check out what people in your specific position wear on a daily basis.

Finally, smile!

All the primping and grooming don't mean a thing if you don't look excited to be there.

Good luck!

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