From fake tan to chipped nails…The beauty blunders that could cost you your job

From fake tan to chipped nails… The interview beauty blunders that could cost you your JOBInterview candidates scupper chances with tatty nails and too much tan

Chipped nails betray nerves while bright red lipstick gives impression candidate is power-crazed

Fake tan indicates potential employee will jet off on too many holidays



14:49 GMT, 1 October 2012

With the recession biting and jobs ever more scarce, hopeful employees looking for work are pulling out all the stops to ensure their CVs are dazzling.

But no matter how impressive their educational achievements or how extensive their work experience, women looking for work could unwittingly be sabotaging their hopes – by making silly mistakes in their beauty regime.

Minor beauty blunders can spell disaster in the hunt for a job, a new survey found today.

Poor make-up could be costing you a job according to a new survey

Poor make-up could be costing you a job according to a new survey

The worst offender is a candidate who
arrives for their interview with chipped nails – a certain sign that
they are nervous or unprepared.

According to the survey, split ends tell an employer the would-be recruit is lazy, while smudged mascara signifies a party animal and fake tan suggests the applicant will be taking too many holidays.

Sara Stern, the beauty director of Debenhams who carried out the survey, said: 'Your beauty regime holds the key to securing that dream job.

'They say it takes 30 seconds for interviewers to make their minds up about a candidate, but it could be down to a set of beauty blunders many people aren’t even aware of, that makes or breaks an interview.

'Chipped nails, split ends and smudged mascara top the list of cosmetic catastrophes that put interviewers off a candidate.'

She added: 'Untidy chipped nail polish is a complete no-no, with interviewers rating it their worst beauty blunder, and the first thing they notice as they shake hands upon arrival.'

The survey, which questioned customers that have conducted job interviews, also found fault with female candidates who arrived with two much make-up.

Bright red lipstick could mean you are power crazy according to the survey of employers

Bright red lipstick could mean you are power crazy according to the survey of employers

A slick of bright red lipstick, heavily pencilled brows and overpowering perfume revealed an overconfident personality, the study found.

But too little make-up also raised employers’ concerns.

A shortage of mascara suggested the woman could be an emotional wreck who wastes no time in putting on what will inevitably be cried off within hours.

A trace of lipstick on a woman’s teeth could imply carelessness, while a strong line of foundation hinted at a lack of attention to detail.

A drawn-on fake beauty spot could cause an interviewer to doubt the honesty of the candidate.

Even a woman appearing in immaculate make-up could ring alarm bells – telling the interviewer to watch out for their own job.

This is a sign that the woman means business – and will probably be keen to grab any chance of promotion.

Stern added: 'Clearly the application of make-up and fragrance is just
as important as making sure your outfit is clean and ironed ahead of an

'It seems a more natural-looking middle ground is the way to go for sure-fire success.'


Chipped nails, 24 per cent (nervous/unprepared)

Split ends, 19 per cent (lazy)

Smudged mascara, 17 per cent (party animal)

Fake tan, 13 per cent (loves a holiday)

Bright red lipstick, 7 per cent (power crazy)

Heavily pencilled brows, 5 per cent (too confident, cocky)

Overpowering perfume, 4 per cent (attention seeker)

Lipstick on teeth, 3 per cent (careless)

No mascara, 3 per cent (emotional wreck)

Line of foundation, 2 per cent (lack of attention to detail)

Drawn-on beauty spot, 2 per cent (untruthful)

100 per cent immaculate, 1 per cent (gunning for boss’s job)