Pro Makeup Artist Discounts
Building your professional makeup kit can be extremely expensive and the cost of products increase year after year. Applying for pro discounts keeps costs down and allows you to buy in bulk and save. I always get asked questions by other working makeup artists and people who are starting out about how to apply and what you need - so I have listed below some of my most used pro discounts each with a quick description of the requirements to apply.
Some brands offer tiered discount depending on what industry you work in, and also offer student discounts for people who are studying makeup. I fall under the category of a Bridal/Beauty Makeup Artist, so most of the discounts I receive are in the middle tier. If you work in TV or film, you will most likely get the full amount but the application process requires documents such as call sheets and company letterheads. Remember that some discounts can only be used online, and any discounts that are able to be used 'in-store' mean they can only be used in a freestanding location. You cannot use them on concessions, which are counters within other stores (eg. a Charlotte Tilbury counter inside of a John Lewis department store).
I am Level 3 Certified and almost all of the discounts I applied for required my certificate to be accepted, I do not know if you can apply for these if you are not a qualified and insured makeup artist. All of the brands I applied to require a link to your own professional working website, and do not accept social media accounts as proof of profession.
MAC Cosmetics (Student - 15% , Pro - 35%)
The discount can be used both online and in freestanding MAC stores. The online application form which requires a qualification certificate, proof of insurance and proof of ID.
Favourite Products: Fix Plus, Studio Fix Fluid, Prolongwear Concealer, Studio Fix Powder Foundation, Mineralize Skinfinish Powders, Lipsticks, Lip Pencils, In Extreme Dimension Mascara and Extended Play Mascara
NARS (Student - 25%, Industry - 30%, Pro - 40%)
I applied for this discount online and was accepted in 4 weeks. You can use the discount online only and it automatically comes off once the items are put in your shopping basket. They required a copy of my qualification certificate and link to my website, plus proof of ID.
Favourite Products: Sheer Glow Foundation, Blush, Radiant Creamy Concealer, Radiant Longwear Foundation, Eyeshadows, and Audacious Lipsticks
(Student - 20%, Pro - 40%)
I applied for this discount in a freestanding store and was accepted straight away. I showed proof of my insurance, my qualification certificate, and invoices. This can be used in store or online, and includes all products apart from discounted gift sets.
Favourite Products: All Nighter Foundation, Naked Skin Concealer, 24 Hour Eye Pencils, Eyeshadows, All Nighter Setting Spray, Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and Lip Pencils
NYX Cosmetics (Pro - 20%)
I applied for this discount online, and it required a link to my professional website as well as my qualification certificate. The discount can only be used online and excludes gift sets.
Favourite Products: Matte Liquid Liner, Lip Pencils, Dewy Setting Spray, HD Concealer, and Butter Glosses
Charlotte Tilbury (Student and Pro - 30%)
I applied online and was accepted within 2 weeks. I submitted proof of ID, my qualification certificate, and a link to my website. The discount can only be used online and excludes gift sets and bundles.
Favourite Products: Setting Spray, Hollywood Flawless Filter, Lip Glosses, Lip Pencils, Lipsticks, and Pressed Powder