Makeup Artist Interview Questions

Makeup Artists are creative, visual people with a knack understanding different modes and styles. Use these sample interview questions to find the best person for the job.

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Makeup Artist interview questions

Your ideal candidate will have different skills depending on the industry (think: prosthetics experience for the film industry or fashion trend knowledge for a salon). Whatever the industry, they’ll be experienced, creative and passionate with great interpersonal skills and health-and-safety knowledge. They’ll present themselves like a pro and will have in-depth knowledge about your company and products.

Top tips: 

  • Check out their portfolio: Look for candidates who can demonstrate their expertise with an awesome varied portfolio.
  • Grow together: Hire candidates you can grow with by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Role-specific interview questions

  • What’s your sales experience?
  • What inspires you about your work?
  • Tell me about your top two season makeup trends.
  • How would you rate your color wheel/ skin tone knowledge?
  • What are your favorite cosmetic products for personal use?
  • When and how do you clean your tools?
  • Do you have FX prosthetics experience?

Behavioral interview questions

  • Tell us about a time you advised a customer how to take care of their makeup.
  • How do you handle stress at work?
  • Have you ever dealt with a frustrated customer who hated the hair/ makeup services you provided? What happened?
  • Have you ever had a conflict with a coworker/supervisor? How did you resolve it?

Problem solving interview questions

  • How do you prepare different skin types before applying makeup?
  • How would you help a customer find the most suitable foundation tone for their skin?
  • How would you choose makeup according to lighting?
  • If a customer asked you for a makeup style that just wouldn’t work, what would you say?
  • What’s your favorite cosmetic product? Sell it to me.
  • What is the effect of analogous/complimentary makeup colors?
  • What would you do if you made a mistake applying a customer's makeup?

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