The skillset of a makeup artist may vary depending on the setting they work in. For example, a makeup artist working in the film industry needs skills in applying prosthetics and creating special effects, while one working at a salon or retail store needs a better understanding of fashion trends and sales. Devote time during the interview to discover whether the candidate has enough knowledge and experience for that particular position.
Apart from role-specific questions, you can ask questions that refer to the common skills of makeup artists. Interpersonal ability, creativity, passion, and commitment to health and safety are all essential. Look for candidates that demonstrate their artistry on their person (without being too elaborate) and who are familiar with your company and/or products.
It’s always a good idea to ask them for their portfolio. Sometimes, companies may hold an open house interview giving an assignment to all candidates so they can see them in action. If you do, make sure you judge their technique and attitude as well as the result.