Do wear a flattering shade that suits your skin tone - think “your lips but better.”
Do choose a long lasting lip balm with a flattering tint - I recommend Maybelline New York Baby Lips Balm Electro, Strike A Rose and Tarte Lipsurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint.
Don’t wear a sticky lip gloss (ultra shiny lips and thick lip products may not be the best choice).
Don’t wear colors that are too bright or too dark - lipsticks shades like hot pink, dark red, or neon violet tend to be too distracting.
Do exfoliate your lips the night before your interview (you’ll be doing a lot of talking so your lips shouldn’t be dry).
Don’t choose a matte lipstick - matte formulas wear off easily and in patches and may emphasize dryness.
Do make sure you have no lipstick on your teeth (that’s never a good look). Check a mirror before your interview and ensure you didn’t overly apply the lip product. (Thank you to reader KFC for this tip!)
Do add some defining shine - I recommend my new favorite “grown-up” lip gloss from Laura Mercier (this lip glace hides feathering and creates a lip volumizing effect - Macy’s is selling a Bare Nudes set here).
Don’t wear a nude lipstick that washes you out - the nude lip looks best with heavier eye makeup (and you shouldn’t be sporting a smokey eye in your interview).
Do wear a long lasting lip color that will not fade - I recommend the Too Faced La Creme lipsticks which are lightweight yet have lasting power.
Don’t wear lipstick if you are not comfortable with it, haven’t found the right color, or don’t usually wear lipstick (you should be comfortable during your interview and you know what works best for you!).
Do still wear a clear lip balm (lots of talking and dry lips don’t go together). I recommend the eos Sweet Mint Organic Lip Balm and ChapStick Hydration Lock.
Do be confident (if you’re doing this research, you’re more than prepared!). Good luck!
Reader Recommendations: Comment with some of your own do’s and don’ts and let me know what you’d like to read in the next interview series post!