QC hears hundreds of inquirers asking the same question each day, “Will your courses properly ready me for work with M.A.C, or do I need to attend their Mac Makeup School?” And the answer is quite simple—yes!
Becoming a makeup artist anywhere requires you to be passionate and motivated about growing your makeup skills. If you’re willing to put a bit of time and effort into your makeup training, you can land a gig as a pro makeup artist wherever you’d like. The trick is practice, practice, and more practice!
Let’s start by talking about M.A.C’s own makeup artistry training…
While M.A.C does offer individual advanced makeup training courses for professional makeup artists, those courses will not specifically qualify you to work in a M.A.C store or counter. They are mainly geared towards professional makeup artists who simply wish to further their education for personal growth. You should never stop learning as a makeup artist—with new trends and techniques emerging every day, you need to stay competitive in the industry!
Just as well, M.A.C actually does not offer their own makeup artistry certification. However, they do expect potential employees to have obtained certification from at least one school. To work at M.A.C Cosmetics, you’ll need to prove you have some type of professional and tangible training. And once you receive your makeup artist certificate, you can show this to potential employers along with your portfolio. It will give your credibility as a makeup artist an extra boost!
Now, what about becoming a M.A.C Pro Member?
Working makeup artists can get discounts on M.A.C products with the Pro Membership, provided they meet the requirements set by M.A.C. IT’s important to point out that the M.A.C PRO membership doesn’t specifically qualify you for a position at a M.A.C store or counter. However, holding a certificate from a professional makeup academy will prepare and equip you with the tools and skills you need to work as a professional in the makeup industry.
Keep in mind that a strong makeup portfolio is always key! You need to show your work and experience level. Before you jump head-first into your job application, the first thing you should do is get in touch with the hiring manager of the M.A.C location you wish to work at—they’ll let you know exactly what they are looking for in a new employee.
Which school can certify me?
With your job research in hand, you can now decide which makeup school is right for you. You’ll need to choose depending on which skills you need to improve or develop. Schools with multiple courses will give you the widest variety of training, since they tend to have more makeup tutors as well as more topics to specialize in!
Whether you’re looking for training on the basics of makeup artistry or you’re advancing your current skillset to the next level, find a course that’s suited for your personal development. Courses that cover a wide variety of topics, like the Master Makeup Artistry course, will give you a more refined education on the fundamentals, theory, and advanced techniques that will set you apart.
Download the course catalog to choose your makeup artist certification!
Never underestimate the power of practice—if you want to be the best and land a job at M.A.C, you need to invest some time into your makeup training. Choose a flexible course and apply your looks on anyone who lets you!
Want a closer look at a QC Makeup Academy course? Take a peek inside the Master Makeup Artistry course and follow along with celebrity makeup artist and QC instructor, Nathan Johnson, as he explains and demonstrates the editorial process!