A person's appearance could hold clues about their personality to employers.
While making an impression is recommended, employers take only 30 seconds to make up their minds about a candidate, meaning it is essential not to make any beauty blunders.
An unkempt appearance, such as wearing a battered pair of glasses rather than contact lenses, could signal laziness, or sloppy behaviour.
Meanwhile, the Debenhams Beauty Hall poll claims that a candidate with split ends seems lacking in effort and someone with smudged mascara could be a party animal who would rather concentrate on social antics than the workplace.
Other top no-nos included looking over-confident in bright red lipstick, wearing overpowering perfume and displaying chipped nail polish.
However, putting some time into a beauty routine is recommended, as a lack of mascara was shown to hint at someone who has the potential to be too emotional, the survey found.
Commenting on the results, Debenhams beauty director Sara Stern said: "It seems a more natural-looking middle ground is the way to go for sure-fire success."