Makeup Artist

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.

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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