Category: Styling Ideas

Job Interview Makeup Tutorial

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Presenting yourself well is essential to a successful job interview. You can have a look at previous posts to see how to dress the part, but today’s focus is on the perfect makeup. Dress the Part has enlisted the help of professional makeup artist Gracie Revington, to provide a step-by-step guide to a natural, no-fuss look that’s ideal for a job interview.

Waking up fresh faced, bright eyed and bushy tailed is the stuff of dreams for most women. In reality we might need a little extra help to look the part for a job interview. “A natural look is great, for a fashion industry job interview.” Gracie explained, “You don’t want your interviewer to be distracted by excessive makeup.”

In the video below Gracie shows you how to do achieve a naturally pretty look in less than ten minutes. This makes it the perfect day-to-day work makeup, allowing you to enjoy a bit longer in bed!

[Gracie’s key products include: Benefit primer, Revlon foundation, Illamasqua translucent powder, Nars bronzer, Urban Decay Naked Eye Palette, Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner, Topshop eye crayon, Lancome Hypnose mascara, MAC skin finish, Illamasqua cream blusher, Maybelline lip liner, Topshop lipstick.]

Want to try something more fashion forward? ASOS stylist Gamze warned against incorporating too many trends in one outfit – and this applies to makeup too. Perhaps you could try adding a bold lipstick, exaggerated cat flick eyeliner or a bright eye shadow, but the key is choosing just one trend and not overdoing it.

Whatever you decide, “Practice the day before,” Gracie advises, so you’re ready to impress on the day.

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Accessories and Unique Details for Fashion Industry Interviews

Dressing the part for a fashion industry job interview requires attention to detail. Whatever your budget, these suggestions will demonstrate your creativity (this is the fashion industry after all) and express your personality. Today we’re looking at accessories and imaginative ideas to inspire your fashion job interview outfit.

Dress the Part: Unusual Accessorising

ASOS Stylist Gamze recommends: “add unique touches to your outfit, they might become a talking point in the interview.” (Want more expert industry advice?) This doesn’t have to be limited to your clothing: try tying your favourite silk scarf in a bow around the strap – it’ll show you have an eye for detail.

Talking of bows, consider trading a normal necklace for a chiffon bow. Saint Laurent showcased it on the S/S 2013 catwalk, so replicating the look will demonstrate your fashion awareness.  Dress the part with a Saint Laurent original for £215 (ouch) OR (phew!) replicate the look courtesy of a haberdashery. I picked up 1.5m (1” thick) of lace for £1.10 and that’s all you need to recreate this designer look on a budget.

bow tutorial

The job is all but in the bag – but what bag? Last week we considered a few (take a look) and you’ll notice they’re relatively small. What do you really need to take to an interview? Being streamlined looks professional and if they ask for a pen you won’t have to rummage among four lipsticks, six receipts and a rogue fork.

Next week makeup artist Grace Revington will be providing a beauty tutorial to help you achieve a professional pretty, interview look.

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Job Interview Styling

Fashion industry job interviews are notoriously difficult to dress the part for. Utilising expert, industry advice we’ve compiled a selection of clothes to help you look smart, fashion forward and confident. There’s budget prices from just £12 too.

Holly Willoughby

Curvy figure like Holly Willoughby? These outfit ideas will flatter your body shape.

Job Interview Styling

Fit and flare skirts are on trend and accentuate a narrow waist. Remember you need to be smart, so opt for knee length. If you’re feeling confident pick a fashion forward choice like this neon vest or a bold print dress, though ASOS stylist Gamze warns: “Pick one trend; don’t try to incorporate everything current into your outfit.” So if you opt for the neon vest, avoid the printed jacket and team it with black instead.

Jameela Jamil

If like Jameela Jamil you have an athletic build, with a narrow bust and hips, try these fashion choices.

Dress the Part: Interview Outfitting

Trouser suits don’t have to be dated: keep it modern with a cropped length and bright colour or print – both cobalt blue and monochrome are popular trends this season. Debenhams HR Specialist Victoria explains: “It’s good to acknowledge the brand you’re applying to – but subtly: don’t turn up head to toe in their clothing.” So if you notice your (fingers crossed!) future company has vintage influences, you could acknowledge it with this Victorian style shirt. Previously, fashion industry experts recommended heels, but if you’re determined not to tower, choose smart flats – and make sure they’re polished.

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Next week Dress the Part will look at accessories and personal touches to make your outfit utterly unique.

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