Ahh, famous firsts: First kiss. First job. First day of school. First Oscar award. It’s true what they say. First impressions set the stage for everything that is to come so it’s vital to bring your “A” game!
I remember an interview I had for a popular, funky, makeup company. I did my makeup impeccably (or so I thought). One of the biggest trends at the time was orange, and I figured that embracing the newest orange eye shadow would give me triple points. I wore a soft orange shadow on the lid, and smoked it out with a dark brown crease. I spent boat loads of time blending and polishing the look. Apparently, my strategy wasn’t good enough. The manager greeted me, sat me down, asked me one question, then thanked me for coming. Needless to say, I didn’t get the job.
So, what about the everyday first? First interview? First day on the job? First day of class? First day as head of the PTA?
Here are five tips to help you out:
1. Wear what makes you comfortable.
If you don’t typically wear your hair in a up-do, don’t try it an hour before you leave the house. If you never wear makeup, don’t teach yourself while in the car. You want to make the absolute best impression, of course!
2. No need for trends.
This isn’t the time to try that new silver eye shadow that you saw in Elle Magazine. Did you see blue lipstick on the runway? Don’t wear it during your first. If you decide to try something new and trendy, wear it out and about before the big day. And if you get crazy stares when you try it, it might be a good idea to try something different.
3. Keep it light.
If you try to go full coverage, you might get that awkward “not staring at you, but staring at your makeup” look. It’s so uncomfortable. For your first interview, try wearing the “everyday” mascara instead of the “super plush fake lash” mascara. However, for your first date, you can ditch the “everyday” mascara and draw him in with the “sexy lash” mascara!
4. When in doubt, go neutral.
This rule of thumb will work at virtually any job--office, retail, hospitality and everything in between. I can’t stress the simplicity and effectiveness of mascara, a little eyeliner, blush and/or bronzer and gloss. A sheer pink gloss is almost always a great way to go, in any situation. Blushes that are close to your skin tone give your cheeks a little something extra without a circus look. All is happy in beauty-ville when you don’t overdo it!
If you wear a fragrance, don’t aim too high. No need to choke everyone in sight. Keep it classy. Let them get curious about what you’re wearing. The key? Spray the back of your knees once.
As you already know, all of these rules can be modified depending on your situation. Be yourself and do your best. Whatever your first will be, you’ll knock it out of the park!
What is your favorite way to style your look so you feel confident and ready to rock your first?
Erin Bailey is Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Scandalous Beauty: "The Urban Beauty Blog"