Career and Life

Office Appropriate Makeup

Get the perfect look for your next job interview.


Perfect Makeup For Your Next Interview | Of Mercer Blog

We all know about the importance of researching the ins and outs of a company, practicing interview questions, and picking out a great outfit before a big job interview. But let’s face it, thinking about your makeup look for an interview isn’t always top-of-mind. The right makeup can enhance your natural features and help you look polished and put together. These days, job markets are crazy competitive, and every advantage counts—especially when it comes to making a fabulous first impression. 

If you’re wondering how to create an interview makeup look, take a peek at the top four tips we swear by:

Makeup Tips and Tricks For Your Job Interview | Of Mercer


Overall, you want your interview makeup to look natural and sophisticated. We like to opt for neutral makeup shades that help us create a “no makeup” makeup look. We also try not to pile on too many layers. (Too much powder or foundation can look heavy and cakey!)


Interviews are never a good occasion to experiment with overly trendy makeup styles. Save smokey and sultry eyes, extremely bright or dark lipsticks, and multi-colored eyeliners for weekends out with friends. Even if you’re vying for a job in a creative industry, we still recommend erring on the conservative side. Let your creativity shine through with your personality, portfolio, and maybe a statement accessory or two.


When you finish your makeup, you want to look in the mirror and see your true self before you walk out the door. If you wear a signature bold lipstick everyday, you don’t have to completely avoid it on interview day. Just consider toning the shade down a bit by mixing it with a lighter, more neutral shade.

And if you never wear a certain type of makeup (like eyeliner)—an interview is not the best occasion to try a new product or technique for the first time. Makeup should boost confidence. If you don’t feel like yourself when you look in the mirror, then your makeup is not working to your advantage.


At Of Mercer HQ, we’re all about efficiency. We’ll take all the tips and tricks we can get to help us speed up our AM routines. However, it’s good to pace yourself and allow plenty of time when getting ready for a job interview. You don’t want your interview-day makeup to look uneven, smudged, or haphazardly applied. On the morning of an interview, wake up extra early to ensure that you have enough time to get dressed and carefully put on your makeup.


Here’s how we recommend incorporating these tips when applying makeup:


- Apply a lightweight tinted moisturizer all over your face.

- Hide any dark, under-eye circles with a concealer.

- Blend a bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks for a pop of color.

- Finish by setting your face with a weightless powder or spray.

Our picks: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue ($29), YSL Touche Éclat ($42), Bobbi Brown Blush ($28), Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($37), Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray ($30)



- Start by brushing a light nude shade (in beige or cream) across both lids.

- Apply a darker neutral shade (in tan, taupe, or light brown) in your eye creases.

- With a pencil eyeliner, draw a thin line along your lash line.

- Curl your lashes and apply mascara.

Our picks: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow ($24), Dior Eyeliner ($29), Kevyn Aucoin Mascara ($28)



- Exfoliate your lips to remove any dead skin.

- Apply a neutral lip shade that isn’t overly matte or glossy.

Our picks: Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50), NARS Satin Lip Pencil in “Rikugien” ($26) 


Want more? Check out Birchbox’s feature on finding the perfect outfit and makeup for landing your dream job.


And if you’re putting together an interview outfit, be sure to take a peek at our classic suiting collection.