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mths
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Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby mths » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:41 pm

cause there is a thread for everything else

any tips other than the obvious "don't look like trailer trash"?

Also, nail polish and jewlery

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby Marley » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:59 pm

I would wear what you do on a regular basis. If you aren't comfortable using makeup, this isn't the time to try lipliner for the first time. Curled eyelashes and a neutral lip will make you look done but not too done.

I don't wear nail polish, but I would think neutrals would be fine. Definitely not anything too long, though. For jewelry, simple stud earrings seem to be TCR.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:57 pm

Most women benefit from at least a little makeup, especially under fluorescent lighting.

A little pressed powder, some lip balm, brown mascara and concealer will keep you from looking underdone and exhausted, at least.

If you don't know how to apply the above properly the nice ladies at Sephora will help you.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby smokyroom26 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:08 pm

Makeup: Keep it natural. For eyes, I do a soft matte look with two shades of rose, a soft black eyeliner with wet shadow (my eyes look washed out with brown liner), and a little bit of mascara. For lips, a very light stain, or very small amount of neutral lipstick, followed by a top layer of this, which gives a hint of gloss and color without being shiny: Rosebud Salve (LinkRemoved)

Nails: Manicured and nude. I'd go with a very soft pink or a clearcoat.

Jewelry: Simple posts, no drop or sparkle. I have these in silver and gold. If your blouse allows for a necklace, a simple silver or gold chain. Personally, I would avoid pearls.

I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that you want your interviewer to be looking at you, not your makeup or jewelry. Understated elegance FTW.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby sharklasers » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:10 pm

clown cheeks. at least they'll remember you.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby viking138 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:35 pm

smokyroom26 wrote:Makeup: Keep it natural. For eyes, I do a soft matte look with two shades of rose, a soft black eyeliner with wet shadow (my eyes look washed out with brown liner), and a little bit of mascara. For lips, a very light stain, or very small amount of neutral lipstick, followed by a top layer of this, which gives a hint of gloss and color without being shiny: Rosebud Salve (LinkRemoved)

Nails: Manicured and nude. I'd go with a very soft pink or a clearcoat.

Jewelry: Simple posts, no drop or sparkle. I have these in silver and gold. If your blouse allows for a necklace, a simple silver or gold chain. Personally, I would avoid pearls.

I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that you want your interviewer to be looking at you, not your makeup or jewelry. Understated elegance FTW.


Out of curiosity, why would you avoid pearls? Personal preference or something you've noticed professionally? I don't have posts and would rather not buy jewelry when I also have to pay ~$200 to get my hair cut and colored, in addition to getting a manicure, but if you've seen negative reactions to pearls in the past it would obviously be worth it.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:53 pm

viking138 wrote:
smokyroom26 wrote:Makeup: Keep it natural. For eyes, I do a soft matte look with two shades of rose, a soft black eyeliner with wet shadow (my eyes look washed out with brown liner), and a little bit of mascara. For lips, a very light stain, or very small amount of neutral lipstick, followed by a top layer of this, which gives a hint of gloss and color without being shiny: Rosebud Salve (LinkRemoved)

Nails: Manicured and nude. I'd go with a very soft pink or a clearcoat.

Jewelry: Simple posts, no drop or sparkle. I have these in silver and gold. If your blouse allows for a necklace, a simple silver or gold chain. Personally, I would avoid pearls.

I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that you want your interviewer to be looking at you, not your makeup or jewelry. Understated elegance FTW.


Out of curiosity, why would you avoid pearls? Personal preference or something you've noticed professionally? I don't have posts and would rather not buy jewelry when I also have to pay ~$200 to get my hair cut and colored, in addition to getting a manicure, but if you've seen negative reactions to pearls in the past it would obviously be worth it.

Unless your nails are a mess, I really don't think a manicure is necessary. Clean, short, unpolished nails are perfectly fine.

I wore dangly silver earrings at OCI. I got lots of compliments on them and had an 85%ish callback rate, so I don't think they hurt me.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby mths » Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:43 pm

I'm in the midst of a 3 year habit of always having my nails in a french manicure (not fake,gel, or acrylic...just painted) would this be ok to keep, as long as they're short and clean?

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby keg411 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:25 pm

I'm personally a fan of pearls so long as they make sense with your blouse. I also think as long as your nails aren't like purple or chipped most nailpolish should be okay. I plan to go with light pink, but I think anything neutral is fine.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby eandy » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:27 pm

I agree. Nails can be painted natural colors. The main thing is that they look neat and clean. I think small details, like fingernails, in your appearance are important in interviews.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby smokyroom26 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:41 am

Anonymous User wrote:
viking138 wrote:
smokyroom26 wrote:Makeup: Keep it natural. For eyes, I do a soft matte look with two shades of rose, a soft black eyeliner with wet shadow (my eyes look washed out with brown liner), and a little bit of mascara. For lips, a very light stain, or very small amount of neutral lipstick, followed by a top layer of this, which gives a hint of gloss and color without being shiny: Rosebud Salve (LinkRemoved)

Nails: Manicured and nude. I'd go with a very soft pink or a clearcoat.

Jewelry: Simple posts, no drop or sparkle. I have these in silver and gold. If your blouse allows for a necklace, a simple silver or gold chain. Personally, I would avoid pearls.

I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that you want your interviewer to be looking at you, not your makeup or jewelry. Understated elegance FTW.


Out of curiosity, why would you avoid pearls? Personal preference or something you've noticed professionally? I don't have posts and would rather not buy jewelry when I also have to pay ~$200 to get my hair cut and colored, in addition to getting a manicure, but if you've seen negative reactions to pearls in the past it would obviously be worth it.

Unless your nails are a mess, I really don't think a manicure is necessary. Clean, short, unpolished nails are perfectly fine.

I wore dangly silver earrings at OCI. I got lots of compliments on them and had an 85%ish callback rate, so I don't think they hurt me.


Just my personal preference about the pearls. I think it's generally in line with my personal jewelry "less is more" idea in a professional setting.

As far as dangly earrings go, I think it would depend on how far they dangled, and how flashy they were. I have a pair of white gold ones with little pink gold roses on the end that dangle about a half-inch - I would wear those, too.

And I agree with the clean and neat nails thing - that's more what I meant when I said "manicure." At-home manicure would be OK too.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby soupisgood » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:56 am

So... 1-2 ct. diamond studs = no-no? Is that considered too "flashy"?

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby smokyroom26 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:01 am

soupisgood wrote:So... 1-2 ct. diamond studs = no-no? Is that considered too "flashy"?


Outing myself as having no clue how big that actually is. Or if the joke's on me.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby IAFG » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:04 am

soupisgood wrote:So... 1-2 ct. diamond studs = no-no? Is that considered too "flashy"?

1 ct total? That's gotta be ok. 1 carat per ear? I dunno, "I have plenty of money" isn't the message I like to send when I am trying to get a demanding job.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby smokyroom26 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:05 am

IAFG wrote:
soupisgood wrote:So... 1-2 ct. diamond studs = no-no? Is that considered too "flashy"?

1 ct total? That's gotta be ok. 1 carat per ear? I dunno, "I have plenty of money" isn't the message I like to send when I am trying to get a demanding job.


Agreed. I think that's also my problem with pearls.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby IAFG » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:08 am

smokyroom26 wrote:
IAFG wrote:
soupisgood wrote:So... 1-2 ct. diamond studs = no-no? Is that considered too "flashy"?

1 ct total? That's gotta be ok. 1 carat per ear? I dunno, "I have plenty of money" isn't the message I like to send when I am trying to get a demanding job.


Agreed. I think that's also my problem with pearls.

Pearls are pretty cheap and widely regarded as business appropriate. There's an outdated etiquette rule that diamonds are not for daytime, so they're a little different. Plus, as mentioned, the cost.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:24 am

I kept my nails as is (unpolished and filed properly). Biggest tip I can give is to carry a nail file in your purse just in case a nail breaks so you can file it down and they don't look raggedy.

I am pretty good at doing my makeup even though I normally go to class looking like an absolute disaster, so I wore a full face of makeup: foundation with loose powder dusted over, eyeshadow (neutral tones--grays or browns, depending on the outfit), lightly applied black eyeliner, black mascara, and very neutral blush. I usually wear lipgloss, but I skipped that in favor of just wearing lip balm and neutral matte lipstick. If I was not already adept at applying makeup, I would have only used some kind of skin coverage like powder, mascara, and lipstick.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby eandy » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:29 pm

When we had our mock interviews, I asked the interviewer(woman) about my makeup and she said it was looked very professional. I am including the exact colors because that might be more helpful for some people.I wore a full coverage foundation(crappy skin when i am stressed), concealer under the eyes, Nars Orgasm blush, the Cover Girl Eye Enhancers Shimmering Sands trio(recommended on Corporette and I love it), Revlon Black Brown colorstay liner(top lid and tightlined), a few coats of black mascara, Clinique Bamboo Pink lipstick, and some translucent powder.
Wore LCD nail developer(clear and AWESOME) on my fingernails. I really can't recommend that stuff enough. If my nails are looking short and pathetic, they look really nice and are super strong after using it a week. Works well as a clear protective top coat, too.

I really recommend Corporette. (LinkRemoved)It has a lot of fashion/beauty advice for professional women. It's written by a female lawyer in NYC that I think works in big law. Has some good interview stuff if you search for it.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby Holly Golightly » Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:50 pm

For those worries about nails, I highly recommend the no-chip shellac manicure. Going on 2 weeks and it still looks perfect. Plus they have tons of neutral/light pink options.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby smokyroom26 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:30 pm

eandy wrote:When we had our mock interviews, I asked the interviewer(woman) about my makeup and she said it was looked very professional. I am including the exact colors because that might be more helpful for some people.I wore a full coverage foundation(crappy skin when i am stressed), concealer under the eyes, Nars Orgasm blush, the Cover Girl Eye Enhancers Shimmering Sands trio(recommended on Corporette and I love it), Revlon Black Brown colorstay liner(top lid and tightlined), a few coats of black mascara, Clinique Bamboo Pink lipstick, and some translucent powder.
Wore LCD nail developer(clear and AWESOME) on my fingernails. I really can't recommend that stuff enough. If my nails are looking short and pathetic, they look really nice and are super strong after using it a week. Works well as a clear protective top coat, too.

I really recommend Corporette. (LinkRemoved)It has a lot of fashion/beauty advice for professional women. It's written by a female lawyer in NYC that I think works in big law. Has some good interview stuff if you search for it.


God I love Nars. That entire line is awesome.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby mythosopher » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:37 pm

I would just like to state that it worries me that there needed to be a whole thread for this. It seems fairly common sense to me... And I'm a guy! Keep it natural/neutral and clean. Done.


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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby sarahlawg » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:14 pm

I'm embarrassed that I'm lost on some of these makeup posts...hoping some of you will be my classmates next year...

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby Dany » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:21 pm

danidancer wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGpLLWnO3XY

I have no idea what on earth she was doing for the 15 minutes in between, but I skipped to the end and thought her makeup looked good.

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Re: Let's talk OCI....makeup

Postby smokyroom26 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:41 pm

mythosopher wrote:I would just like to state that it worries me that there needed to be a whole thread for this. It seems fairly common sense to me... AndI'm a guy!Keep it natural/neutral and clean. Done.


FTFY




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