Getting Prepped for That Big Interview! Office Makeup Look with Estee Lauder

July 8, 2015

Is it me, or does it seem like everybody is switching jobs lately?  It definitely feel like the year for changes, and these few months in particular feel like interview season.  So, with that in mind, I thought I’d share with you an office makeup look that I’ve been wearing for interviews lately, complete with tips for connecting with the interviewer!

Before I jump into today’s post, I thought I’d give you an update. I recently left my job after 5.5 years, which wasn’t an easy decision because I had grown to know the job so well I could have done it in my sleep (my boss’ words) and have time left over to myself.  But it got to a point where I dreaded going to work to face a bunch of self-serving idiots, and coming home every night pissed off.  In the end, I decided life is too short, and all the money in the world was not worth my happiness. Perhaps someday I’ll write an article on life lessons I’ve learnt from the workplace (aka buffoonery and the idiosyncrasies of men) if anyone is interested.  So, before gearing up for the next chapter, I’m taking some time off to spend with my lil man at home.  And I have to say, I have the greatest respect now for SAHM!  Guys, watching a yet-to-be 3-year-old toddler all day, being his personal entertainer, safety supervisor, emotional coach, chauffeur, chef, cleaner, etc… is seriously no joke.  I’ve still yet to find my groove, so blog posts will be intermittent for now.  I’m also planning a big giveaway soon to celebrate my birthday so stay tuned!

Back to today’s topic, whilst I’ve been merrily sporting all sorts of technicolor makeup on a regular work day (because I’d gotten to the point of I-don’t-care), I realised a change to more neutral shades was required for interviews.  The look I am going for is professional, immaculate, sophisticated but not trying too hard.  I used a few items from Estee Lauder, but this is not meant to be a product review, so feel free to substitute with something similar from your own stash!

Estee Lauder office makeup look

One hazard of staying home all day – non-stop bingeing on sweets!! That’s a slice of home-made (read: me-made!) tiramisu in case you’re wondering!

For the base: I’d go with something with more coverage, to get that immaculate, well put-together look.  I really like Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Liquid Makeup [reviewed here].  Of course, if you have flawless skin, you may not need as much coverage.  But I feel the choice of finish is important here.  Personally, I prefer something with a satin to matte finish rather than dewy.  I want my interviewer to be hearing what I have to say, rather than getting distracted by all the lights flashing off my skin.  Also, I never know if I’d have to be running through the door at the last minute and I really don’t want to worry about blotting before my interviewer steps into the room!

Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Liquid Makeup

Interview Tip #1 – eliminate as many potential stress points as possible so that you can concentrate better and be less nervous!

For the eyes: For the purpose of a professional interview, I strongly suggest picking your eyes as your main focal point rather than the lips, the latter being more appropriate for date nights.  Unless you are interviewing for something in the creative industries, I suggest picking neutrals, although feel free to perk things up with some shimmer.  Personally, I cannot wear matte neutrals without a little bling or I will end up looking quite lifeless.  But of course, I don’t want my eyes to be reflecting disco balls and distracting the heck out of everybody.  I found Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5-Color Palette in Captivating Cocoa to be perfect in this instance.

Estee Lauder Sculpting Eyeshadow Captivating Cocoa

To be honest, Captivating Cocoa is not a palette that would ordinarily draw my attention as it is entirely neutral and every shade has a shimmery finish.  But for some reason, this palette really works well on my lids.  The colors are all cool- to neutral-toned, soft and a dream to blend, sufficiently pigmented but easy enough to work with even with jittery hands!

Estee Lauder Sculpting Eyeshadow Captivating Cocoa EOTD

When you break it down, Captivating Cocoa actually makes perfect sense – a medium-dark shimmery taupe, who doesn’t love that?  And since I’m going for something a little lighter handed, I chose the pale peach as my all over color, taupe on the outer half, and a dash of dark brown at the outer edge for some definition.  I used the pale shimmery ivory as a highlighter dabbed over the center of my lids to give dimension, and smudged some of the gold together with a bronze pencil along my lash line.

Interview Tip #2 – Draw your interviewer’s attention to your eyes and maintain good eye contact throughout!

For lips: I wanted a non-obtrusive shade that makes me look alive without making too much of a statement.  Again, here I picked something that lasts well, doesn’t bleed and doesn’t transfer to a drinking glass too much.  To complement Captivating Cocoa, I chose Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine in Heavenly.  Heavenly is a medium coral-pink with flecks of fuchsia in it… sounds quite attention-seeking but with its soft, semi-opaque, slightly sheer finish, it is actually a very pretty shade!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Heavenly

And to put it all together, here is the full look:

Office Makeup Look

And if I had some extra minutes to spare before stepping into the interview, I may just freshen up my eye area with the Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow.  Simply draw 2 figure “C”s around the outer and inner eye contour and blend [for a picture demo, hop on over here and scroll mid-way down!].

So, how do you like my office / interview makeup look?  Now wish me luck for the next chapter of my career!!

xo Linda


16 responses to “Getting Prepped for That Big Interview! Office Makeup Look with Estee Lauder”

  1. Vinna says:

    Hi Linda !

    I just left my full time job to be SAHM and freelance MUA a mth back and I totally feel you ! Perharps we could bring e kids out for playdate before you start a new career !

    Gambateh !


  2. Hi Linda,
    I wish you lots of luck for the next chapter. You should definitely write more about the life lessons you learned there. We can all profit from it. You are a kind and hard working person and certainly you deserve better. I hope in your next job you will be more lucky with the people.
    1,5 years ago I changed departments and went full time to a project team. Here the colleagues are so nice and fun, it is hard to work because we keep distracting each other lol. My previous department was hell, no one would talk to each other and if you would say something, they would use it against you in a few days. It drew all my energy to live and work. I am happy I changed and even happier I will be moving on. I wish you the best of luck and success from this point on.
    Now for the makeup, great tips! Love that palette, need! You look stunning as always.

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Sara, thank you so much for your constant encouragement and support! Oh gosh your previous department sounds just like my old work place!! The funny thing was, it wasn’t like that when I first joined. But somehow things got more and more tense along the way. All the best too for your big change…. i’m excited for you!!! xx

  3. Lily says:

    I never knew being a SAHM is so tough! I should have stayed working!!!! It’s been a little over a year now, since my transition from working mom to SAHM and it’s crazy. It was easy taking care of a 5 and 7 year old, but now that I have a baby, things changed. It’s so difficult! Going to work is considered a break from taking care of the ever demanding baby 24 hours a day. It’s even more stressful now that he’s not feeling well. I’m so tired, I’m even whining like a kid here. I’m so sorry!
    I love your interview look here, Linda and I agree. I usually stick to neutrals for interviews as well 🙂

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Lily, you have my greatest respect man, I don’t know how you juggle 3 kids!!! I suppose when they’re a bit older and can play and do stuff on their own, it gets easier, better yet if they have siblings to do stuff with. I’m still trying to figure out a schedule with my lil bugger, and some days he doesn’t nap at all, so i can’t get anything done.

  4. Samantha Joy says:

    Definitely being a SAHM is a lot more work! Salute to you Linda and I’m sure you’ll find an awesome job soon 🙂

  5. beauty bloss says:

    Full time SAHM’ing is tough work. I do part-time and work can sometimes feel like the “break”. I love this look on you, very appropriate for interviews. I have a different EL Pure Colour Envy palette- Fierce Safari and I adore it. Also, I’ve never heard of this EL foundation, maybe I haven’t ever noticed but I can’t recall ever seeing it on an Australian counter. I’ll have a closer look next time I’m at one.

  6. Ting says:

    I love that look on you; it’s very chic.
    I’m sorry to hear that your job wasn’t making you happy. I hope that you find something that brings you joy everyday soon x

  7. Hey Linda, wow I’d quit too if I hate my colleagues! Glad to hear you are taking a little break, but I do think it’s actually tougher to be a SAHM!

    Love the look you created! Very toned-down and put together. I adore these new EL lipsticks. They are really great!

    • silverkis says:

      Yes if i’m going to be spending all day at work, I want to be sure i’m spending my time on people I like you know? Thanks for the love, I see you got the new Kendell Jenner one!!

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