25+ Makeup Artist Discounts Perks and Programs

 

Although I’m not a practicing makeup artist, I’m absolutely still head over heels for artistry. I don’t necessarily like to do makeup, but I love to watch others work and learn from them. The image above is from Warren Bolden’s test shoot at Studio 400. By the way, he’ll be speaking on the Creative Colony podcast next week, on his journey to becoming a full-time freelance makeup artist for three major tv networks. Also, I hope you’ve signed up for the brand new Scandalous Beauty newsletter! If you missed it, take a look here! It even has the sneak peek of my newest project for creatives!

Below, you’ll find over 25 pro makeup artist programs and their levels of difficulty to get them. Many places have a mix of criteria that can qualify you. I suggest looking at each company’s page, as you might have a couple of the appropriate credentials! As noted in this post, some of the criteria to qualify for these discounts may take years of experience. If you don’t qualify, don’t give up! Also, many of these programs offer discounts to hair stylists, nail techs, on-air talent, fashion stylists, photographers, etc.

Note: This is an ongoing post! Check back periodically, as I’ll add new brands as I find them. If you have a discount to pass along, leave a comment!

Here’s the criteria for my grading system:

Easy: Discount card from other company, Business card, Reference from a makeup gig
Medium: Comp Card, Professional Website,
Hard: Union Card, Tear Sheets, Call Sheet, Agency info

Anastasia
Percentage Off: 20-40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.anastasia.net/abh-pro.html

BlackUp
Percentage Off: 40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.blackupcosmetics.com/customer-service/#muap

Becca Cosmetics
Percentage Off: 30% off
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.beccacosmetics.com/us/industry-alliance/

Bobbi Brown
Percentage Off: 40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium/Hard
For More Information: http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/cms/pro/bobbipro_membership.tmpl

Camera Ready Cosmetics
Note: Includes brands like Parian Spirit, Sugarpill, Cinema Secrets, Ben Nye. Discount limited to products in the pro section.
Percentage Off: 30%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://camerareadycosmetics.com/pages/pro-discounts.html
Note: Also has an “aspiring pro makeup artist” discount.

Coastal Scents
Percentage Off: 15%
Ease of Qualification: Easy
For More Information: http://www.coastalscents.com/makeup-artists

Crown Brush
Percentage Off: 10%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: https://crownpro.info/Requirements.html
Fee: Free until January 1, 2013

Dinair Pro Airbrush
Percentage Off: 30%
Ease of Qualification: Easy/Medium
Fee: $25, Annually
For More Information: http://www.airbrushmakeup.com/pro/#signup

Eve Pearl
Percentage Off: 30%-40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium/Hard
For More Information: http://www.evepearl.com/professionals_register/
Note: Also offers a reseller program

Face Atelier
Percentage Off: 40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: email– proartist@faceatelier.com

Frends
Note: Includes brands like Kevyn Aucoin, RCMA, Embryolisse, Kryolan and more.
Percentage Off: Up to 40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://proartistdiscount.com/

Inglot Cosmetics
Percentage Off: 20%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.inglotusa.com/promembers.html

Kett Cosmetics
Percentage Off: 30%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: https://kettcosmetics.com/pro_pricing.php?ss=2b7d0547e8dd1cc8e966cd3db90d19c0

Laura Mercier
Percentage Off: 40%
Ease of Qualification: Hard
For More Information: http://www.lauramercier.com/store/content/htmlTemplate.jsp?catId=&itemCat=promuaprogram

London Brush Company
Percentage Off: 30%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.londonbrushcompany.com/pages/lbc-pro

Lorac Cosmetics
Percentage Off: 20-40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.loraccosmetics.com/faqs/#C5

MAC
Percentage Off: 20-40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
Fee: $35
For More Information: http://www.macpro.com

Madame Madeline
Note: Includes lash brands Ardell, Sassy, Revlon, Duo Glue, and many more.
Percentage Off: bulk discount with 75+ pairs (must inquire)
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.madamemadeline.com/online_shoppe/volumediscount.asp

Make Up For Ever
Percentage Off: 20-40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium/Hard
For More Information: http://www.makeupforeverusa.com/mufe/pro-only/backstage-card/

Mally Beauty
Percentage Off: 30%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.mallybeauty.com/mally-artist-program

Naked Cosmetics
Percentage Off: 30%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.nakedcosmetics.net/pro.htm

Nars
Percentage Off: 20-40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.narscosmetics.com/mua-programs

NYX Cosmetics
Percentage Off: 30%
Ease of Qualification: Easy
For More Information: http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/t-professionaldiscount.aspx

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Percentage Off: 20%
Ease of Qualification: Medium/Hard
For More Information: http://www.occmakeup.com/pro.php

Royal and Langnickel
Percentage Off: 40%
Ease of Qualification: Easy/Medium
For More Information: http://www.royalbrush.com/beauty/pro/royalty_red.php
Note: Also offers blogger and affiliate programs

Smashbox Cosmetics
Percentage Off: 20-40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.smashbox.com/smashbox-pro

Stila Cosmetics
Percentage Off: 20-40%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
For More Information: http://www.stilacosmetics.com/proartists/

Temptu
Percentage Off: 30%
Ease of Qualification: Medium
Fee: $30, redeemable in product in the first 30 days
For More Information: http://temptupro.com/art_promember.aspx

Three Custom Color
Percentage Off:
Ease of Qualification:
For More Information: discount@threecustom.com

Urban Decay
Percentage Off: 40%
Ease of Qualification: Easy/Medium
For More Information: http://www.urbandecay.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-UrbanDecay-Site/default/UDPro-Show

Youngblood Cosmetics
Percentage Off:
Ease of Qualification: Medium/Hard
Fee: Free the first year, $20 each year after
For More Information: http://www.ybskin.com/pro-artists.php

Comments

    • Sarah says

      I’ve been trying to find out the same thing. They are very difficult to communicate with. I’ve send several e-mails and called once or twice too. Im getting so frustrated

      • Madison says

        I work for Sephora and my guess would be no. While Too Faced is considred a prestige cosmetic line, they are not considered a professional artistry line (Like Make Up Forever, Smashbox, Urban Decay, Nars etc…).

  1. says

    This is an excellent list! I’m just getting started professionally and don’t have tear sheets, references, etc. Even Nyx, which is considered easy, required more than I could provide. BUT, it’s motivation knowing that once I get more work I can get discounts on the products I buy and love.

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