Makeup Artist Interview Preparation Guide
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Makeup Artist related Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with job experience as Makeup Artist. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job interview and quickly revise your concepts

60 Makeup Artist Questions and Answers:

1 :: Why did you choose this profession as Makeup Artist?

I love to play with colors. I found this profession suitable for myself since it allows a lot of creativity and complements my inborn knack for fashion and glamour. My eye hand dexterity is also very good which supports me a lot in the role.

2 :: Tell me where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from so many different things: fashion, travel, history, different cultures, plants and nature.

3 :: Explain me if you weren’t a makeup artist, what else would you do?

I don’t know how to answer this as I have never taken my mind off being a makeup artist. My focus has been a constant for most of my life. This is what I was born to do.

4 :: Tell me what’s your favorite makeup brush?

My fave makeup brush is actually an eyebrow brush. It’s a giant soft version of the tiny hard angled ones you usually see and it works great creating a full, luscious natural looking brow in one swipe.

5 :: Tell me how do I pick the perfect red lipstick?

Women are always on the prowl for this. Choose cooler "true" red tones with a bit of blue if you have pink in your skin or are super fair-skinned. A warmer orange-red tone works best for olive-skinned women. —Lori Taylor-Davis, Smashbox Global Pro Artist

6 :: Tell me what is the most memorable job you've done?

Whenever I work with a celebrity, it's always very special. I recently spent the day with Kendall Jenner on an Estée Lauder shoot and got to experience first-hand, the "Kendall Jenner Effect." It's great to be with a celebrity who is surrounded by so much positive light.

7 :: Tell me what are the benefits of being represented by an agency as opposed to being on your own?

A good agent can protect you. They’re a great barrier between you and the client to make sure things like proper pay, kit fees and transport are all arranged for you. Also you’re not hassling a client for money. They also can guide your career in the right direction for your talent. A good agent should market you right and open up doors to new clients you never would have met on your own. I love my agency, Artists By Timothy Priano- they “get me” and how I like to work, I’m obsessed with my booker Christina there- she’s amazing! Even when I bring in my own clients she always gets me a better deal then I could have arranged for myself, plus she is super sweet and all my clients compliment how lovely she is-which is very important to me, I like to be professional but nice.

8 :: Explain me what prompted you to launch your own line of cosmetics?

As a celebrity makeup artist, I literally had every single line of cosmetics at my finger tips. Everything from the 99 cent drugstore brands, to the most prestigious luxury brands, and still there was nothing out there that I was 100% happy with! My assistant and I would spend hours playing “chemist,” mixing together several different products to create something that we could use on my clients. I thought to myself, there has to be a better way! I wanted something that my clients, my friends, my family, and I could all trust to make us look and feel as fierce as we deserve!

9 :: Explain me how girls can achieve a look that is both “cool” and parent-friendly?

Again, you don’t have to go overboard! Try those fun colored eyeliners, but keep the line skinny and close to the lash line. Try that fun, bright lip, but do it as a pretty sheer gloss. Balance is also so important, and something that a girl is never too young to learn about. What I mean by that is, if you do a smokier, or heavier eye, do a nude lip. If you’re doing a bold lip, go for a lighter eye.

10 :: Tell me how did your career begin in the world of beauty?

My career with fashion and celebrities began when photographer Steven Meisel saw my work and booked me for the cover of Italian Vogue. I was very lucky that he gave me such an amazing opportunity to prove myself. It was the first booking I had. He is the defining reason that I have a career. He changed my life.