How to become a Mac makeup artist

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How to become a Mac makeup artist
Woman applying make-up (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

As with any professional career, proper training, product knowledge and field experience will take you far in your career. Being a make-up artist is no different. If you aspire to become a make-up artist using the MAC product line, you will need to be properly trained and stay current on MAC product information. Make-up artistry is a competitive business, so you must make yourself stand out above the rest.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Cosmetology license (optional)
  • Photo binder
  • Digital camera
  • MAC products
  • Computer with Internet access

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  1. 1

    Attend cosmetology school. Cosmetology school offers more than just learning how to cut hair. Most schools offer programs specific to make-up techniques and application. It is crucial to know the chemistry of make-up as well as other background information. Although you do not need a license to be a MAC make-up artist, earning a degree will carry a lot of weight in your career field.

  2. 2

    Compile a portfolio. Using MAC make-up and a few friends, take photos of your work as a make-up artist. Store the photos, your license and any additional achievements professionally in a binder.

  3. 3

    Know your product. In order to use MAC make-up professionally, you must know every aspect of your product. Become familiar with the product line, company history and any additional information regarding MAC, such as press releases and annual reports.

  4. 4

    Speak to a manager. Equipped with your portfolio and a head full of product knowledge, speak to the manager of the MAC counter at your local department store. Working at a MAC counter will help you to gain hands-on training and experience. It will also help you to gain a clientele of MAC customers if you ever decide to do freelance work.

Tips and warnings

  • The Estee Lauder company or its MAC line do not endorse specific cosmetology schools or artistry programs. However, some programs endorse the MAC line due to its reputation.

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