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How to Become a Makeup Artist for Cirque Du Soleil

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Working for Cirque du Soleil is an artistically rewarding experience, but there are few that make it through the door. Every show requires a cadre of talented makeup artists to create Cirque's signature look on stage.

Check out the Cirque du Soleil website, in Resources, for a description of makeup artist duties. Cirque makeup artists "are often called upon to play the role of a teacher," instructing performing artists in their own cosmetic application. Access the job description by clicking on the "Costumes and Props" link, then then "Make-Up" from the pull-down menu under "Job Category."

Assemble a portfolio that's suitable for Cirque work. Good things to include are shots of dramatic faces with lots of color, multi-ethnic models and special-effects work. Keep everyday, bridal-party pictures to a minimum.

Scan and convert any printed shots to digital format. You will need to attach some of these pictures to the application.

On the "Make-Up" screen on the website, click the "Apply" box to access the search function, which will bring up any open make-up artistry jobs. Select any openings that suit; most will be in Montreal at Cirque headquarters.

Read the job description and click on the "Apply Online" if it seems like a good fit. You'll have to fill out a member profile; click on "New User" and enter a username and password.

Fill out the application and attach any pictures or documents that are required. When finished, click "Apply." Cirque will contact you if your abilities are a good fit for any of their posts.

If no open jobs come up, go back to the "Jobs" page and click on "Be Proactive." Perform the same search as you did in the job listings. Click on "Make-up: Enter Our Pool Of Candidates" to fill out an application that will go on file with Cirque.


If called for an interview, highlight any sort of foreign language expertise you may have. Popular languages for Cirque include French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese. Fluency in any of these is a huge plus.

Be aware that most make-up artist jobs aren't touring positions. Instead, the artists train new talent at headquarters during a touring show's Montreal run.


Gigi Starr is a freelance fashion writer. She previously served as the blog editor for a major online fashion blog and has more than a decade of backstage experience in the beauty and high fashion industries. She has worked for businesses like an internationally renowned theatrical touring company and events such as the Mercedes-Benz N.Y.C. Fashion Week.

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