Pro Makeup Artist Career Opportunities at MAC
MAC Cosmetics and Professional Makeup Artistry Careers
So here you are, freshly graduated from Vizio Makeup Academy and you are super excited to start using your newfound skills... but you are not sure where to take your talents. You may have toyed with the idea of starting your own business, working at a makeup bar, doing various freelance jobs or maybe working in the entertainment industry, but your real dream has always been to work for MAC cosmetics. It is the makeup you love and yes, even though the employee discount is really nice, you yearn to work for MAC for other reasons too. MAC has a highly respected reputation and you know that this is a company that has a lot of potential for upward mobility. They treat their employees well and have great training for their artists. If you work for MAC full-time you will also receive many benefits such as health, dental and vision insurance, a 401k plan, paid vacation, as well as sale bonuses and really, who could forget the discount on products. 😉
Well, good news! There are many different job opportunities available at MAC cosmetics, such as director, manager, consumer care representative, associate, etc. however, the job I am going to focus on in this article is the Makeup Artist position. Since many artists strive for this job, the competition is fierce (as it is for any job that is worthwhile). This means you need to strap in and take notes on these next couple of paragraphs because I am going to share with you some tips on how to nail your MAC interview and land that dream job of yours.
First, we should talk about the Makeup Artist job description. MAC cosmetics is looking for talented artists such as your lovely selves who can provide excellent customer service while delivering creative expertise in a team setting. This job is also really fantastic because it continues to develop your skills and commercial proficiency through training. What MAC truly looks for in their applicants are people with strong retail skill and experience so keep that in mind when filling out the application.
Here is a quick breakdown of the interview process so that you will not have any unwanted surprises and can perform your absolute best.
There are usually 3 separate interviews that you will have to go through to land this job. (I know! *deep breaths*)
The first interview is the In Person interview where it pretty much goes like any regular job interview would go. They will talk to you about your resume and go over opportunities. What they are looking for in this interview is for you to have some sort of retail or customer service experience because not only would this job require you to be an amazing makeup artist, but it also requires you to sell MAC cosmetics.
The second interview is a Makeup Trial where you are expected to create a variety of different looks on a model. The purpose of this is not only to see how good of an artist you are, but to see how well you interact with your model (customer). They want to see you selling their products while being comfortable, professional and creating a great look all at the same time.
The last interview is an In Store interview where you are interviewed by the manager of the store at which you will most likely be working. Make sure your makeup is very in style and show that you are not only skilled but on top of all the latest trends.
I know the job hunt can be stressful, especially when it is your dream job you are going after, but just remember that if you are confident and work hard, you can achieve anything! Good luck to all of you!