Top 5 Best Lipsticks for Interviews - Interview DOs and DONTs

Adding to my series of interview advice posts, this post will focus on the top five lip products for a professional interview.  (Read about the best interview nail polishes here and interview suit advice here.)  As I mentioned previously, I recently graduated from law school, took the bar (and passed the bar!), and am now working full time as an attorney - my advice is based on my experience.With interviews, less is always more. An interview candidate should stand out for her qualities, work experience, talents, and overall personality - with professional settings, a conservative look is always the best option (we can still save the latest neon coral lipstick for other occasions!). A successful interview candidate will pay attention to the details - from clean, manicured nails to appropriate lip colors and impeccable suiting, it’s the small things that can make or break an interview.  Catch up below on some interview lipstick “do’s” and “dont’ts” and let me know in the comments if you have any additional questions or advice.

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 wear a lip stain if you are not comfortable with wearing a lipstick to an interview - I recommend
YSL Glossy Stain and Stila Convertible Color.

Do exfoliate your lips the night before your interview (you’ll be doing a lot of talking so your lips shouldn’t be dry).

Do wear a lovely shade of pink and a hydrating formula - I recommend Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lip Color in Chintz and Maybelline New York Color Whisper in Petal Rebel.

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!

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.
  • daydreaming beauty

    Great choices! I see a few lip colors I need to add to my wishlist!

  • rachna sharma

    nice pics!

  • kfc

    Congrats on passing the bar! I loved this post, I think it is very useful and comes in handy when deciding on how to present yourself in an interview. My favorite one to wear is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Honey since it is that my lips but better color and adds a slight sheen, nothing over the top shiny/glossy. Also another good tip is to make sure if you do put on a lip color to just pop a finger between your lips to make sure no lip product gets on your teeth!

    k.f.c. =P


    cool post dear


  • Pretty Sarah

    A very helpful post. Really necessary that yo keep your makeup toned down for interviews and stay comfortable. It’s been ages that I went for an interview. Been on my current job for 8 years now.

    Thanks for sharing.

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