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How to Get Certified as a MAC Makeup Artist

So you want to work at M.A.C. Cosmetics? Join the club! This brand is a huge career jump for every makeup artist, and it instills a massive dose of confidence when you land that position. But how do you go about becoming a certified makeup artist for M.A.C?

There are a few steps to take note of before you apply for a job with M.A.C. Cosmetics. Stick with us and we’ll show you the best way to become a makeup artist for this adored brand!

Find Makeup Training

First things first, you can’t really get certified as a makeup artist by M.A.C. Cosmetics. Unless you’re an artist who’s already working for the company, there aren’t any open makeup classes offered by M.A.C. for emerging artists. Bummer, right?

Well, there’s actually an advantage to this! This means you get to choose your program and customize your training for where you want to go in your makeup career. For example, being a Special FX makeup artist takes plenty of different skills than being a bridal makeup artist does – so you should orient your training to a specific career.

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That being said, you should always start with the basics. Knowing your foundational makeup techniques and proper theory, like hygiene and common looks, is an absolute must in the makeup industry. Once you have your makeup certification (and you’re confident in your professional techniques), this is the time to apply!

Attend M.A.C. Classes

There is a caveat to what we said about M.A.C. not offering classes. There are classes available to members of the M.A.C. Pro and Pro Student programs – but there’s a catch. You have to be either working in the field already or studying at a different school in order to get a membership. So basically, you need to get your professional makeup certification elsewhere!

Once you start training at a makeup academy, you can apply to the M.A.C. student program with your school and start attending those sessions. These classes will actually help you decide if working in retail is right for you. You’ll meet artists at your store, and can find out if this type of makeup work is what you want to do in your career.

Be wary, though – even if these classes are offered to refine your skills, you still need to be at the top of your game when you walk in the door. Especially if you’re planning to apply for a job at M.A.C. in the future!

Speak to Employees

Meeting people who are currently working for M.A.C. will give you a glimpse at what it’s like on the inside. When you go shopping for your makeup kit, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with the employees and ask about their experience. Yes, they may be a little biased – but it’s useful information nonetheless!

Plus, if you get in touch with a manager or supervisor, they might be able to put in a good word for you if you ever do apply. This isn’t a guaranteed job for anyone, but if the employees already know about your work then you’re a step ahead of other candidates.

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Remember, the most important thing for when you actually do apply is to have a killer makeup resume and portfolio! This is your key to getting hired at M.A.C. – without a strong skillset and the portfolio to prove it, you won’t be landing that position.

Build Product Knowledge

To really impress your potential employer, get to know their products personally and stay up-to-date with new product launches. This will show managers that you truly care about working at M.A.C. and that you’ve already put in the effort to become familiar with their products.

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This means they’ll be hiring someone who A) is already a certified makeup artist, and B) already knows the products! Once you’re a member of the Pro programs, you’ll also be eligible for discounts (which will save your wallet some heartache). So build your professional makeup kit up with M.A.C. products and learn how to use them!

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Katie is a blog writer for QC Makeup Academy, where she provides advice to makeup artists and stylists. Katie's tips and career insights range from networking to creating exciting initiatives for new businesses.

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One response to “How to Get Certified as a MAC Makeup Artist”

  1. Barkha says:

    I want to be makeup artist

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