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Job Interview Makeover

Gail Sagel February 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
job interview makeover before and after

Alexis, 19, is a sophomore at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and she is seeking the right makeup look for a job interview or an internship. Her major concern is stress-related breakouts due to finals and juggling a double major in psychology and social work.

Step 1: After cleansing the face, use alpha-beta peel pads, which, with regular use, will help clear skin eruptions and prevent new ones from forming.

Step 2: Next, apply an oil-free moisturizer.

Step 3: Clean up the eyebrows, if needed, especially from the top if they appear a bit too fuzzy and aren’t accentuating the arch.

Step 4: Apply a sheer tinted moisturizer in medium, which is a shade darker than Alexis’s olive skin tone, in order to provide the bronze look she loves. Blend it into the neck.

Step 5: Apply a liquid mineral makeup in radiant beige as a concealer under the eyes. Also, use it to cover up any blemishes.

Step 6: Apply a water-resistant eye liner in a dark brown, placing three dots of the liner along the edge of the upper eyelid and smudging them together using a smudge brush.

Step 7: Apply a chocolate brown eye shadow over the liner with an eye shadow brush, tapping off the excess. This will ensure the liner’s staying power.

Step 8: Using a medium-sized blending brush, apply a light pink and orange eye shadow to the eyelid. Next, add the chocolate brown in a triangle shape in the outer corners to accentuate the client’s green eyes. Repeat these steps, even if you don’t think it is necessary, to help the makeup last longer.

Step 9: Add just a bit of the chocolate brown eye shadow to the eyebrows with an angled eye brush.

Step 10: Next, apply only one coat of mascara; a second coat is not needed for a job interview. Start at the base and work your way up. Also, do not apply any mascara to the bottom lashes, because it isn’t needed for daytime. Now, her green eyes are really popping.

Step 11: Next, apply a pressed mineral blush in a nice fresh pink on the cheekbones for a lovely glow.

Step 12: If the client has oilier skin, use a neutral pressed mineral finishing powder.

Step 13: Finish the look with a lip gloss in a soft, pretty color.

Gail Sagel creates looks to satisfy the needs of her clients, based on a classic and always-current palette, rather than seasonal trends only. In 1999, she opened Faces Beautiful in Westport, Connecticut, a luxury makeup studio, upscale salon and beauty boutique. Sagel recently launched the mineral makeup line Brush-On Liquid Mineral Makeup. She can be reached via e-mail at

Cosmetic products and supplies courtesy of Dr. Dennis Gross, Faces Beautiful, Maybelline, Napoleon Perdis, Sue Devitt and Vincent Longo.

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