Ask Kaylin: Makeup Artist Discounts

Category: / 7/04/2011
(Photo: pakitt)
One of the most common questions I hear from aspiring makeup artists and cosmetology students is, "How do I get a makeup artist discount?" It's usually very easy as long as you can prove your student status or have published work. However, many companies also offer discounts to other beauty and entertainment professionals, so read on if that could describe you.

What is a make-up artist (MUA) discount?
Professional discounts are a courtesy offered by a variety of cosmetic and beauty companies. Working professionals in the beauty and entertainment industry will be using large amounts of each product, often helping promote it to their clients and coworkers. It's a win-win deal. Discounts aren't just for makeup artists; many companies extend this offer to those who can prove they are a cosmetology student, esthetician, model, actor and actress.

How do I qualify for a professional discount on cosmetics and beauty products?
Each company has different requirements. Some require a cosmotology or esthetician's license, while others simply ask for a resume or portfolio. A common practice is to ask for two documents off of a list of approved items establishing professional credibility, such a license and a resume or a flyer and a tear sheet.

Which companies offer discounts?  If there a list of makeup artist discounts available?
Yes, click here for the list. If you know of or represent any natural companies that offer a professional discount and are not already listed, please click here to contact me.

How do I know if I'm getting a bargain?
It may require a little planning to ensure a good deal. Discounts can range from 10-70%. Companies with more conservative discounts may sometimes offer better deals to regular customers through their mailing list. Some programs require minimum orders of $100 or more, so plan carefully to avoid purchasing unnecessary items to meet the minimum. Also, be mindful of expiration dates and remember that some items (such as liquid foundations) can be purchased in just a few shades, as it is often best to mix for a custom blend anyway.

Thinking about going pro? Check out my book, The Mercenary Makeup Artist: Breaking into the Business with Style.

Did you enjoy this post? If so, why not sign up for our email list and get posts by email? Or if that's not your style, stay in the loop with an occasional newsletter instead.
Thanks for sharing!

0 comments

Affiliate/Compensation Disclosure

This blog accepts forms of advertising, sponsorship, or other forms of compensation.

The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner(s) of this blog may be compensated or given a product free to provide an opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation or free products for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers' own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

Amazon Associate Disclosure:
Kaylin's Kit is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com, endless.com, smallparts.com or myhabit.com.

For questions about this blog, please click here to contact me.