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How to Become a Makeup Artist for MAC Cosmetics

Updated on December 4, 2011

So just how do you become a makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics?

I can't guarantee you a job at MAC. I can, however, point you in the right direction if you want to become a makeup artist with MAC cosmetics.

Who wouldn't want to work for MAC? Their looks are fantastic, their products legendary. There is so much room in the industry for new, fresh, creative ideas in an ever changing landscape of new techniques and new products.

With the option to be employed by a company, a salon or even to be independent, there's something for everyone.

How to become a makeup artist for mac cosmetics
How to become a makeup artist for mac cosmetics

Starting out on your road to becoming a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics

Get your feet on that yellow brick road to becoming a makeup artist

First and foremost, when starting out in this profession you need to make sure you're licensed correctly. Different states require different things. Here is a reference with every state cosmetology board listed. Once you have the licensing taken care of, you're ready to make the next step.

Your portfolio is going to be the keystone to your application to MAC cosmetics and will speak for you as a makeup artist. It's crucial that your portfolio matches the job or gig you are going for.

Brides don't want to see high fashion. Fashion show coordinators don't want to see catalog work. When going to apply for MAC specifically you're going to need to make sure that your portfolio is full of MAC looks. Here's a list of how to make your portfolio speak to your client or potential employer -

- Keep your photos relevant to the type of job

- Use only your best shots. Even if it's only 4. You will be judged on your worst picture.

- Standard sizes are 9 x 12 or 11 x 14

- Start with your best piece and finish with your second best

- Never have any empty pages

- Be sure that the pages facing one another are complimentary

- Do not make anyone turn your book to view a page, face everything the same way for a flow while viewing

- When you have enough shots, consider more than one portfolio. Keep them themed to the type of job you are trying to gain

How to become a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics
How to become a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics

Do you have the skills to become a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics?

Learning to become a makeup artist never ends

What if you don't have makeup artistry experience? How can you become a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics if you don't have the skills? If you are lacking the knowledge required, there are several routes you can take.

One is cosmetology school. However, be aware that most schools don't put an emphasis on makeup. Check with your board on the requirements for your education. Typically it's around 25-75 hours on makeup. This is hardly enough time to hone your skills. You are usually not taught by a makeup artist either.

Another route is makeup school. There are several very reputable schools around the country. Check reviews and student comments before committing to one. However, they are expensive. It's often difficult to go to one of these schools when you're just starting out, especially if you have to factor in travel.

However, it is possible to teach yourself. Many great makeup artists are self taught. Practice heavily on your friends and family. You should also photograph each before and after to analyze and to learn how your makeup looks photograph. This takes a lot of time and hard lessons learned. You can save some time by learning from a makeup class at home. You get to work on your own schedule and save a lot of time and money with these guided lessons. One of the best courses can be found here.

How to become a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics
How to become a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics

What does MAC look for specifically in it's makeup artists?

Becoming a makeup artist is all about catering to your audience

Department Store Counter

To work within a Department or Specialty store at the MAC cosmetics counter, inquire with the Human Resources Director of the store.

Artist position within a MAC Store

For a Makeup Artist position in a MAC store, inquire with the Store Manager directly. Most store managers I've spoken with will want to see your portfolio so have it on hand when you make your inquiry.

Becoming a MAC Senior Artist or part of the MAC Pro Team

I am working as a professional Makeup Artist. I would like to become a M·A·C Senior Artist or part of the M·A·C Pro Team. Who should I contact?

Interviews for the position would include demonstration of makeup and communication abilities as well as examples of personal portfolios and a video reel. Resume submissions can be forwarded to the offices in New York addressed to:

Deborah Brown

Executive Director, Human Resources

M·A·C Cosmetics

575 Broadway, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10012

how to become a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics
how to become a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics

So, do you have what it takes to become a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics?

I know you have it in you to pursue your dreams as a makeup artist!

Do you have the artistry and technical abilities to carry through to your dream job as a makeup artist for MAC cosmetics? Will you be a glamor spreading insider or will you remain on the outside? Will you do what it takes to advance your career? Advance yourself today, get your dream job and enjoy life while doing what you love and loving what you do!

Please let me know what you think!

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      kgomotso sepatake 

      2 years ago

      This is awesome I have been using Mac almost 2 years now I'm impressed with the products. And I would love to be a make up artists of mac soon ,since I'm a nail technician it will work well with me.mac ur the best

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      6 years ago

      I worked there.. it was fun


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