Monday, July 4, 2011

Ask Kaylin: Makeup Artist Discounts

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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.

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