When Marianna Hewitt flew to San Francisco to pitch Sephora on her skin-care brand Summer Fridays and its first product, the Jet Lag Mask, she felt the uncertainty and jitters that come with any major life-changing career move. She had the beauty background and social media savvy, but there was one more thing that helped her walk into that meeting room feeling especially calm, cool, and collected. "When my makeup and skin look good, I feel confident," she tells Refinery29.
Hewitt's story is far from unusual: Like a power suit, the right slick of lipstick or eyeliner can give you the extra push you need to channel your confidence, conquer an interview, and make a lasting first impression. We spoke to eight influential women about the makeup they wore (or didn't wear) when they landed their dream jobs — from a newsroom anchor to a tech titan. They share their best advice and product picks, ahead.