What qualifications do you need for a career with MAC Cosmetics?

Updated February 21, 2017

MAC Cosmetics is a make-up brand used by professional make-up artists and women and men who prefer quality make-up and tools. MAC sells a wide variety of cosmetics, from lip glosses and eyeliners, to brushes and fragrances, but the company doesn't only hire make-up artists. Marketing experts, managers, salespersons, merchandisers and chemists also work there. MAC offers knowledgeable professionals in all areas of business several types of career opportunities.

Counter makeup artist

MAC's counter make-up artists work in boutiques and shops that carry the MAC brand. In order to become a counter make-up artist, you must have finished your GCSEs (ideally with good grades), be at least 16 years old, familiar with the MAC line of products and professional make-up application, and have customer service skills. Though counter make-up artists often apply make-up to customers, their main tasks are selling cosmetics and offering tailored product recommendations. In order to apply to become a counter make-up artist, enquire with the manager or human resources director at the location you're interested in working at.

MAC pro team

The MAC pro team is composed of senior make-up artists who travel to events around the globe where MAC is a vendor or sponsor. Senior artists also make media appearances. To become a member of the MAC pro team, you must have professional communication skills, in-depth knowledge of the MAC brand, and be able to demonstrate advanced make-up artist skills. You must also know how to work with a variety of skin types and tones, and be able to apply make-up for different settings, such as the stage, print and video. Pro team candidates are required to go to an in-person interview and submit a video reel, resume and portfolio.

Working in the field

Not all MAC employees who work in the field apply make-up, but they do need to be familiar with MAC'S product offerings. Salesmanship is a desirable quality to have, and knowing make-up application techniques isn't necessarily required. A bachelor's degree and a customer service background are advantageous. Those who work in the field for MAC can expect to attend events such as make-up artist conventions and trade shows, where the attendants are professional make-up artists, boutique owners, fashion show promoters and fashion designers.

Corporate office

MAC's corporate offices encompass a wide variety of positions, from product design and development to merchandising and human resources. A university degree related to your position is required for most MAC corporate office jobs. For example, to become a MAC regional visual merchandising manager, a bachelor of arts or bachelor of fine arts is preferred.

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Melinda Gaines has been a freelance writer since 2006, with work appearing online for YellowPages and other websites. Her areas of expertise include business, beauty, fashion and sports. Gaines attended the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Science in sport administration.