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MAC Cosmetics Freelance Makeup Artist Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 2, 2014
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Freelance Makeup Artist
Brooklyn, NY

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in June 2014.

Interview Details – Came in for an event and they loved my look and makeup and offered me an interview. Came in with my model and she asked for a day time look with winged eye and red lips. i did a full face and used atleast 3 products on each feature.

Interview Question – On the spot Demo no questions no warning jus action... still in the process   Answer Question

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Freelance Makeup Artist
Baton Rouge, LA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in October 2013.

Interview Details – 3 Part Interview:
1 on 1 Interview with Store Manager. Brush up on history and play up on customer service
Model: Showcase you skills. You will be given a look to recreate
Phone Interview with District Manager

Interview Question – Basic Interview Questions: Why you want to work for MAC, Experience, Customer Service Questions and History and Back to MAC and Viva Glam involvement   Answer Question

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Freelance Makeup Artist

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in September 2013.

Interview Details – One group interview. Met with several managers at once. I was interviewed by a manager that was particularly interested in having me work at her specific location. Interview lasted about 5-10 minutes. We were asked to wait outside as they evaluated us and decided whether we'd move on to the next round, which consisted of makeup application. I moved on to the next round and was asked to do a winged eye and perfect red lip on a model (we were asked to bring our own. I didn't have anyone so I borrowed someone else's model). Overall the interview process was very positive! Everyone was pretty friendly and encouraging. I felt welcomed. It took about a week or a little longer for me to get a call back offering me a freelancer position, which I accepted. It then took about 4-7 weeks to receive my employee number and start working.

Interview Question – Can you sell this MAC product to me right now?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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Freelance Makeup Artist

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in November 2013.

Interview Details – First interview was held at a job fair and was a 1:1 meeting with a Recruiter Second interview was scheduled a week later and consisted of two segments: group interview and makeup demo.

Interview Question – How would you sell red lipstick to a customer who came to purchase a different item?   View Answer

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Freelance Makeup Artist
Aventura, FL

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in September 2012.

Interview Details – I was hired through a Job fair and my best advise i can give is dress the part a lot of people were dressed in jeans and flip flops not a very good first impression go dressed like you already work for them all back trendy and stylish.

Interview Question – Do you use MAC products?   View Answer

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Freelance Makeup Artist
Houston, TX

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in January 2012.

Interview Details – I meet with the Manager of Retail Operations, she asked me who my favorite makeup artists were, why I thought I would be a good canidate to work at MAC, she asked me if I knew color theory, what I would do if the person who I just did their makeup did not like it.

Interview Question – Do you have anymore questions for me?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was offered to go on another interview for a 20 hour position at SAKs but I was going on vacation with my family so I couldn't take it. Looking back I wish I just would have taken that interview, because I wasn't able to go on another interview when I got back, instead I was hired as a freelance makeup artist and it took me 5 months to find another job with more hours.

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Freelance Makeup Artist
Tracy, CA

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in December 2011.

Interview Details – There was a group interview with about 15 candidates. We went into a room and talked about MAC. There were a few questions that were asked but nothing too difficult. You had to make an effort to say something. Then we were asked to do a makeup application on a model. We were given a scenario and 30 minutes to complete the look. After we completed the look we were critiqued and sent back into a room where we were told if we were hired or not.

Interview Question – What makes MAC stand out above the other companies?   Answer Question

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Freelance Makeup Artist
Philadelphia, PA

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in October 2010.

Interview Details – First time I had to bring a model and create on her a day look in 15 minutes and after this using just 3 eyeshadows to transform this look in a night look ( eyeshadows: red, blue, green). Then they asked me to explain all the products I used, for what and I really highly recommend to clean the station after you are done. :) Smile and talk to your model as much as you can, explain every product you apply on the skin and which brush you are using...

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Freelance Makeup Artist
Cincinnati, OH

I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in September 2009.

Interview Details – I was interviewed by counter manager, the trainer, then the district Manager, lastly had to do a demonstration on a model. I was schedule to interview with the dm manager as well, but something came up and she could not conduct the phone interview. I feel that it was mostly bs to interview this many times. At the end of the day, a company knows if they want to hire you or not. You will be asked to bring a model and will have to do a makeup application, you may get to do your model, or may have to switch with another interviewee.

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Negotiation Details – their is no negotiation..they pretty much tell you this is what we start a freelance artist off at.

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Freelance Makeup Artist

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

Interview Details – Each interviewee had to bring a model to do a demo on. The first half of the interview was a group one. Each interviewee had a chance to answer the questions given by the 5 people on the panel. The second half of the interview consisted of live demonstration of makeup application by each interviewee on the model that they brought in. Only about 20-30 minutes is given for the demonstration.

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