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Beauty Coach: Makeup for an Interview

November 19, 2009 at 10:59 am , by

Pat McGrath PortraitI recently had the opportunity to meet Pat McGrath, the legendary makeup artist and global creative design director for P&G beauty. I left the encounter with the thickest, longest lashes I’ve ever sported, a tube of CoverGirl Lash Blast Length to keep up the look — the trick is fan out your inner and outer lashes and run the tip of the wand over the bottom ones — and a list of great tips from Pat to share with you! Here’s some advice that I think is particularly helpful in this economy.

Question: What makeup tricks do you recommend for women who want to get ahead in their careers, whether they are interviewing for a new job or trying to get a promotion?

Answer: In general, I think that professional daytime makeup is best when worn more or less minimal, perhaps allowing one feature to dominate the face such as lipstick or eyeliner. Your complexion should look as makeup-free as possible, and colors used for blusher and eyes should be harmonious to your skin tone and not too garish (neutrals for eyes, and subtle, natural looking blush). Your choice of lipstick allows a bit more freedom, as you can choose a color that subtly enhances the lips or a deeper jewel tone as a chic “accessory” for your look. Professional makeup should always look clean and polished, and complement your most confident self.

Pat recommends:
- CoverGirl Continuous Color Lipstick in Almost Nude or Classic Red.
- Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Nude

What’s your go-to professional makeup look? I’d love to hear from you! And if you’re looking for more office-friendly shades, check out these natural beauty tips.