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Beauty Jobs – Makeup Do’s & Don’ts at a Job Interview

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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It’s exciting when you land an interview from an employer you’ve anticipated hearing from. Looking the part is just as important as being the part so our founder, Christie Lohr, tells us what the do’s and don’ts are when it comes to job interview makeup. See what she shares with us below.

Q: Why should one look polished when attending a job interview? First impressions are everything?

Christie Lohr: First impressions are everything, which is why it is so important to make standing out a priority. Employers can interview over a handful of candidates in a day, so its crucial to catch their eye – from what you wear to how your hair and makeup is done. It’s all about making a lasting, positive impression that will help you against the competition. 

Q: What type of impression does a person who is well put together give at a job interview? 

CL: When a candidate has taken the time, energy and effort to appear polished and put together, it sends a message to the employer that you care and are willing to go the extra mile. It shows that enthusiasm and commitment is something you’ll also be putting forth in the role. 

Q: What type of makeup do you advise wearing during a job interview? 

CL: Be the best version of you with natural, day appropriate makeup. Opt for a sheer, tinted moisturizer to avoid any cakey-looking foundation or the appearance of being too made up. You still want to feel confident and comfortable with your look, so don’t try anything new or experiment with your regular routine. 

Q: What are some tips you’d like to share for our readers who usually don’t wear makeup at all? 

CL: Since less is more, adding a little bit extra is easy and effortless. Focus on your best features and highlight one area at a time. If you opt for a bolder lip, keep your eyes subdued and vice versa. You can’t go wrong with a strong, sculpted brow, curled, defined lashes with a lengthening mascara, a flush of colour on the cheeks with blush and for those who like a natural glow all year ‘round, a bit of bronzer will bring your face to life. For me, these are the everyday essentials that make up my very own “no-makeup” look. 

Q: What are the do’s when it comes to doing your own makeup for a job interview? 

CL: Since you’ll be making eye contact, focus on pretty eyes! Check your face in natural light before you leave to make sure there’s no visible lines or creases and that everything is blended flawlessly. A huge faux paux is lipstick on the teeth, so triple check that none of your lipstick or lip colour has rubbed off on your pearly white, or worse bled past your lip lines! Another pet peeve of mine is chipped nails. Either paint them in a nice neutral, subdued colour or have them trimmed, polished and finished with a clear topcoat. 

Q: What are the don’ts when it comes down to job interview makeup?  

CL: I would steer clear of anything too heavy. Avoid doing a smokey eye and wearing too much eyeliner. Also, too much highlight shimmer or bronzer can become distracting. Over spritzing perfume or any fragrance mist should be avoided as well. You never know if the interviewer has allergies or any sensitivity to strong scents. 

By Rebecca Pilozo-Melara, Mississauga, @rebeccapilozo

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Toronto Beauty Careers – Optical Illusions

Monday, July 8th, 2013

“Maybe she’s born with it…maybe it’s…” well you know how it goes! It’s true: some of us are born with naturally Angelina-esque lips or almond-shaped peepers. But some features need a little boost – hence the magic (and fun) of makeup. And one feature I personally love to play with: Eyes. Whether you want to make your pretty peepers appear lifted or larger or create a sultry come-hither look, optical illusions are within arms reach (no magic wand necessary). Play some tricks with this handy how-to:

Make your eyes look sexier: The key is to elongate the eyes by adding shadow at and just past the outer corners. For a colourful alternative to the classic black smoky eye, I love using shades of light green and navy instead – we recommend: Covergirl Queen Collection Eyeshadow Quads in Blue Notes, $7.99 available at Shoppers Drug Mart. Brush a soft shade of green shadow from the lashes to just above the crease, and along the bottom lash line. On the outer third of your lid, layer navy shadow over the lighter shade. Starting above the pupil, brush the navy diagonally up past the crease and beyond the outer corner into a point. Rim the bottom lashes with a black or navy pencil, connecting it to the deep shadow on top (we recommend: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Black Navy, $24 available at Sephora). Trace gold shadow along the lower lash line to contrast with the green (we recommend: Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Smooth Hold in Filigree, $19 available at Sephora). To exaggerate the elongated effect, brush extra mascara on the lashed at the outer corner (we recommend: Dolce & Gabbana Secret Eyes Lengthening Mascara in Black 1, $30 available at Sephora). Inspirational image.

Make your eyes look larger: White makes objects appear larger and more open – same goes with white shadow on small eyes. Trace white eyeliner inside the lower rims of the eyes; this makes the whites of the eyes look bigger (we recommend: Buxom Inside Eyeliner in Pearl, $14 available at Sephora). Dust a pearly white or champagne shadow on the lids and at the inner corners (we recommend: Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow in Milk It!, $20 available at Sephora). Apply more mascara in the middle of your top lashes to draw attention upward (we recommend: Joe Fresh Lash Plump Volumizing Mascara, $8 available at Joe Fresh). Inspirational image.

Make your eyes look lifted: Up, up, and away – that’s the key to giving down-turned or tired eyes a much-needed boost. Paint a wide stripe of black liquid liner along the top lashes only, flicking it up just past the outer corners and narrowing it to a point (we recommend: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, $18 available at Sephora). Skip mascara, shadow and liner on the lower lash line, which can drag eyes down. Curl lashes and apply lengthening mascara to the top lashes (we recommend: Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara, $25 available at Sephora or Holt Renfrew). Inspirational image.

Make your eyes more close-set: To pull eyes together, darken at the inner corners. Brush a sable-coloured shadow over your lids and blend into the inner corners (we recommend: Sunday Riley Prismasilk Eye Color in Siberian Sable, $26 available online at Sephora.com). Fill in the first third of your brows with a pencil or shadow to narrow the space between your eyes (we recommend: Clinique Brow Shaper, $15 available at The Bay). Inspirational image.

By: Ashley De Filippis, Toronto

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Montreal Beauty Jobs – Barely There Makeup

Friday, April 5th, 2013

This season, my motto is “bare is better” when it comes to beauty. The neutral look has been seen all over the runways and is a trend that can take you from day to night.

Skin
To achieve sheer beauty you have to go skin deep, and that means finding the perfect moisturizer, primer, and foundation. Now I know what you’re thinking: that’s a lot of product to be wearing in the heat. So skip the 3 step routine and substitute with the perfect BB cream or tinted moisturizer. For great coverage with a matte finish, try Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 ($39, available at Sephora). The multitasking formula moisturizes while controlling your skins natural oils and contains SPF to protect against the suns harsh rays. If you’re looking for a more lightweight product, try Laura Mercier’s Tinted Illumination tinted moisturizer to give your skin a dewy fresh glow. And instead of caking on heavy powder, finish off with a lightweight translucent powder.

Eyes
Soft neutral shadows are a staple for spring, that being said, so is the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette ($50, available at Sephora). Containing 12 shimmering shades, you can achieve a subtle day look, a smoky night out look and everything in between. After applying your shadows, smudge a soft brown pencil liner only on your upper lash line. Curl your lashes and apply a volumizing mascara, pulling your lashes outward to open up your eyes.

Lips
I like to see a neutral eye paired with shades of soft pinks or taupe on the lips. A sheer lipstick or gloss is a perfect compliment to a natural makeup look and is flattering on every skin tone while looking youthful and fresh. Find a tube you love like the Nars Satin Lipstick in Honolulu Honey ($26, available at Sephora) and never leave home without it this spring.

Nails
If you’re like me, your nail colour will change according to your outfit. Such a hassle trying to match! So, go nude and you cant go wrong. I’ve been loving the OPI ‘My Vampire is Buff’ polish for that perfect soft colour with a bit of sparkle.

Now that you’ve got all your “bare essentials” you’re ready for spring!

By: Kristyn Tsampiras, Toronto

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Makeup Jobs – Add a Pop of Colour to Your Spring Makeup

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Colour can be difficult to incorporate into your every day makeup palette if you aren’t careful. The rule of thumb for adding a dramatic tint is moderation.

My favourite spring beauty trend for adding the perfect pop of colour is bright eyeliner. Apply Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in the colour Turquoise ($20, available at Sephora) on your lower lash line, adding a shimmery white shadow to the inner corners. To create some drama, flick out the liner on the outer ends for a cat-eye effect. Stick to neutral shadows on your lids, and black or brown liner on the upper lash line to tone down the look. Remember, you want a pop of colour, not overwhelming colour! Add a volumizing mascara to complete the eye look. If you’re looking for a more subtle look, try a metallic gold or silver liner such as Sephora’s Nano Eyeliner in Golden Sand or Precious Silver ($7).

A colourful eyeliner is really the only thing you need to update your everyday makeup look to achieve a fresh spring glow!

Inspiration image courtesy of Maybelline

By: Kristyn Tsampiras, Toronto

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