MAC Cosmetics Makeup Artist Interview Questions

Updated Jul 28, 2014
Updated Jul 28, 2014
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Makeup Artist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

Interview Details

Had a makeup demo and a sit down group interview all in one day. Was given 30 minutes to pick out products for model and to put on a natural day time look given the situation of the model. Sit down interview was less than 20 minutes was asked to describe myself, what I was wearing on my face, favorite MAC product and why I would like to work for the company. Overall it was an amazing process and I'm glad to have gotten an interview with the company I would love to work for.

Interview Questions
Accepted Offer

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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

    Interview Details

    There will be at least 3 interviews. 1 with the retail manager, 1 makeup interview you will need a model for and 1 with the MRO (district manager), If you apply through Craigs List then the Regional recruiter will contact you if they were interested in your resume then schedule a group interview or a one on one interview. Then if you passed you will be forwarded to a Retail Manager if you pass that then they will call you to schedule a makeup interview. It will be timed and there will be a specific scenario you will have to apply. Don't go doing some crazy elaborate looks they just want to see how you listen to the customer and know the basics of makeup. A prime look is ideal (natural and clean).

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult questions just all about selling and how I plan to make my personal goals. They want to know your past experience in sales especially retail sales and how were you successful.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  West Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    My interview was super easy, I was already a well known customer so I kind of had a foot in. I feel like it's a lot about who you know. MAC likes to promote from within so they will be more likely to hire someone they are seeing on a regular basis. I had a interview with my counter manager and department manager, and I had an interview with the account executive for MAC, and then one more interview. It took about two weeks and I got an offer!

    Interview Questions
    • They just want to know what you know about their brand, nothing too difficult. I think the hardest part might be the makeup interview. They throw you a random scenario and you have a time limit to do the makeup accordingly. My region is very real, none of that superficial MAC stereotype. I made sure I made a mistake on purpose and then showed my customer (model) how to correct the mistake at home without ruining the rest of the makeup, because mistakes happen!   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was so excited, was my dream job so I didn't do any negotiating and took the offer as it was.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Orlando, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orlando, FL
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    The hiring & interview process took about a month. I had 3 interviews & the final one resulted in a later call with a job offer. The best advice I could give would be to avoid nerves & let your true personality show.

    Interview Questions
    • There was nothing specifically abnormal or difficult.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Just entering the company I didn't negotiate too much. I made an offer that they countered, with a slightly higher offer in pay.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Fully made up in all black jewelry at a minimum ... I hope I can go very far with this company ! Working fashion week and working with is a dream of mine! No formal training besides self teaching and speaking with other make up artists, and having my make up done at MAC

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Akron, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Akron, OH
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 months - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process was a very long one. I had to wait about 2.5 months from dropping off my application until hired. About a month after I dropped off my application, I received a call to a makeup interview about 45 minutes away from me. I was told to bring a model and they would assess my skills. That was cancelled due to in-climate weather and was rescheduled for a week later. Management was very apologetic and understanding. They really seemed to value my time as much as theirs which really surprised me and excited me even more. It was very stressful doing the makeup interview. The artist overseeing it quickly went over sanitation procedures and a scenario then proceded to answer texts and peruse Instagram. 2 weeks later I received a call setting up an interview with the retail manager. The interview went great! Went to Starbucks and had a discussion over coffee. A week later I was offered the position.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you think you could bring to the team?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There was not negotion
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    They do a makeup interview to see your skills. And if you know about the company. They want to know your selling skills and in you work well under pressure.

    Interview Questions
    • They do a lot of role playing so be prepared for that. Know about the company. On your makeup application interview be very clean and sanitary copy face chart to the T. Manage your time well too.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not really a negotiation more like you get what you get.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 days - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    I went to a Cosmetics Career Fair, found out through friend and it was also on Craigslist (look out for them, ladies;p) Waited in the longest line ever-took about three hours. Sat down with the hiring manager, she asked me the typical questions "Why M.A.C? What do you know about our company? What is your availability?" It took a total of 5 minutes. She loved me and invited me back for a group interview and makeup demo. Gave me the application to fill out and the M.A.C invite to come back.

    Came back the next day. Had a group interview, it SUCKED ...... for me at least. They went around one by one asked us to introduce ourselves. Then if we wanted permanent part-time or freelance. Then asked what inspired our Makeup look that we had on. It was an hour long.

    We went on to the Makeup Demo. They switched models on us and asked us to ask them what makes them feel beautiful and to apply that Makeup look on our "customer". We had 30 minutes. And that is that. Told us if we got the job, they would call us back within a week.

    Pretty much, they don't care if you can apply makeup or not. They want to know if you can sell. So, my advice is to fake it and sell yourself. And I am saying that truthfully. I didn't fake it and I did an amazing job on the makeup, and didn't get a call. I also gave my model some really great makeup tips. Moral of this story, FAKE it! Act like you can sell their products and blah blah blah. You'll be trained to do makeup anyways.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Wichita, KS
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wichita, KS
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Replied to an add on Craigslist. I received an email back, saying they would like to interview me, then another with the time. They had three managers interviewing a person at the same time. After your interview, you were given time to apply makeup to a model. I heard that they usually have a "look" they like you to do, but they just wanted an evening-to-day look. Boring.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unusual about the interview. Just be prepared to tell them you can sell stuff and that you keep up with fashions.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I wasn't offered the full position, but the on call position. By the time they finally got back to me with the paper work about it, I had taken a full time position and didn't have time to be on call, even if I could turn down the call.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Denver, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    Went through three interviews. One makeup applicatioin, a sit down with the manager, and a phone interview with the regional manager.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    there wasn't one but it took a long time like a month before my paperwork was complete and I was able to start working.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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