Professional Makeup Artist Discount Programs!

As a freelance artist, I’m sure you know first hand that makeup is NOT cheap. We can agree that building our kits take a lot of time and patience. Most of all, Money, money, money, mon-ayyyy! What is so great about this profession, is that there are companies out there who offer specialize discount programs for working Makeup Artists. However, most of these companies are very strict and specific with their requirements in order for you to acquire a pro discount or pro member card. 
Professional Makeup Artist Discount Programs

KEY FACTORS YOU SHOULD KNOW & HAVE

  • Business License – different from a professional license as it is a license proving you have an actual business – issued by the city and/or state you live in
  • Professional License – example, a cosmetologist license – issued only by the state after you go to a trade school and then take a state exam
  • Editorial page with name credit
  • Union card
  • Diploma/certificate from a recognized make-up academy
  • Program/press materials listing your name
  • Contract on production company letterhead
  • Crew/call list on production company letterhead
  • Current, dedicated website showcasing work
  • Agency comp card
  • IMDB listing
  • Website statistics showing you have a popular website

Professional Makeup Artist Discount Programs

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Discount Amount: 40%
Requirements:
(Valid photo identification AND two of the following):
– Composite card
– Business card with name and specific profession
– Editorial page with name credit
– Union Card
– Professional valid license
– Crew call list on production company letterhead
– Reference letter from employer

China Glaze
Discount Amount: 50%
Requirements:
– Professional license
– Cosmetologist, Cosmetologist instructor or Nail Technician.

Cinema Secrets
Discount Amount: 25% – 15%
Requirements:
– Valid photo identification
– Two pieces of professional employment or student status.

CoverFX
Discount Amount: 30% – 40% Pro FX membership product discount on coverfx.com
Requirements:
– Agency Information
– Website
– Composite Card
– Business Card with name and specific profession
– Editionial page with name credit
– Union card number
– Head shot & resume
– Professional License (no driver’s license)
– Diploma/Certificate
– Program/press materials with name
– Contract on production company letterhead
– Creq/call list on Production Company Letterhead Professional letter of – reference of employment
– Makeup School Information & Student number

Essie
Discount Amount: 50%
Requirements:
– Professional license
– Cosmetologist, Cosmetologist instructor or Nail tech.

Eve Pearl
Discount Amount: 30% – 40%
Requirements: “30% (with proper returned form and proper credentials) or 40% ($50/Black Pearl annual membership fee and returned form with credentials). Once approved (usually within 24 hours) you can start to use your discount. We request that you place your artist discount order via telephone at 212.223.2229.”

Frends/Nigel’s + Namies
Discount amount: up to 40%
Requirements:
– Beauty School ID
– Beauty School Diploma
– Business Card
– Business Website
– Tear Sheet With Name Credit
– Any Other Pro Membership Card
– Agency Comp Card
– Union Card
– Program or Call Sheet
– Business Licensing
– IMDB Link

Illamasqua
Discount Amount: Professional MUA: 40%, Student MUA: 20%, Aestheticians, Cosmetologists + Beauty Therapists: 20%, Performers with an Equity card: 20%
Requirements:
– CV/Resume
– ID Card
– Contract Cover Letter
– Call/Tear Sheet
– College Acceptance Letter

Inglot
Discount Amount: 30%
Requirements:
– Pro Membership Card from other approved Makeup Programs
– License of accredited schools of cosmetics
– Magazine tear sheet with name credit
– Real with name credit
– Program/call sheet
– Union Membership Card
– Makeup Artist Business Card
– Agency Representation
– Student ID
– Enrollment Documentation
– Professional Headshot

LORAC
Discount Amount: 20% to 40% (Depending on profession)
Requirements: You will need to contact the NAIME’S Beauty Center boutique below for LORAC’s discount.
NAIME’S Beauty Center • naimes.com • 12640 Riverside Drive, Valley Village, CA 91607 • 818.655.9933

M•A•C Cosmetics
Discount Amount: 30% to 40% depending on profession
Cost: $35 yearly
Requirements:
(Valid photo identification AND two of the following):
– Composite card
– Business card with name and specific profession
– Editorial page with name credit
– Union Card
– Professional valid license
– Crew call list on production company letterhead
– Reference letter from employer
– Diploma/certificate from an accredited makeup school
* Not accepted: Business licenses, websites, pay stubs or tax forms.

Make Up For Ever
Discount Amount: 20% – 40% (Depending on profession)
Requirements: 40%
(Two (2) of the following along with a valid photo ID)
– Magazine tear sheet with name credit**
– Reel with name credit
– Program / Call sheet
– Union membership card
– Agency Representation
(Sponsored comp card, representation letter, link to roster)

OR Valid photo ID and the following
– PRO MEMBERSHIP CARD from other approved Pro Makeup Membership Program
(choice of approved programs is at the discretion of MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Relations)

MAKEUP STUDENT/ INDUSTRY (20%) Open to students and licensed graduates of accredited schools of cosmetics, cosmetology and esthetics. Also available to models, actors, and performers.

One (1) of the following along with a valid photo ID – •LETTER OF ENROLLMENT (including dates and courses) •PROFESSIONAL LICENSE • AGENCY REPRESENTATION For Models (sponsored comp card, representation letter, link to roster)

•SAG or AFTRA CARD For Actors/Performers

Discount Amount: 40% (20% student/industry discount)

Makeup Magazine Pro Card (IMATS)
Discount Amount: EXCLUSIVE PRO-ONLY times at select IMATS, expedited entry during normal show hours, a 10-percent discount on magazine subscriptions and other special offers.
Requirements:
“To apply for the Make-Up Artist Pro Card, please fill out the form below and submit at least two of the following, along with your resumé or cv and a copy of your photo ID, to establish your professional credentials:

– Editorial page with name credit
– Union card
– Professional license
– Diploma/certificate from a recognized make-up academy
– Program/press materials listing your name
– Contract on production company letterhead
– Crew/call list on production company letterhead
– Current, dedicated website showcasing work
– Agency comp card
– IMDB listing

Mally Cosmetics
Discount Amount: 30%
Requirements: Submit proof that you are a currently working Artist, cosmetician, or other makeup professional.

– Sign up for a MallyBeauty.com account at http://www.MallyBeauty.com/login/
– Naked Cosmetics Pro
– Discount Amount: Unknown

NARS
Discount Amount: Unknown
Requirements: Professional Percentage Program
NARS offers a discount on its cosmetic products to industry professionals meeting the necessary criteria. Please note all applications are subject to approval.

Professional Editorial Credit Program

The NARS Editorial Credit Program provides artists with the opportunity to receive product in exchange for editorial credit according the specified guidelines. Please note all applications are subject to strict approval.

For more information on the Professional Percentage Program and the Professional Editorial Credit Program and the application process, please contact the program administrator at [email protected]

NYX Cosmetics
Discount Amount: 30%
Requirements:
– Photo ID plus either option A or B:
– Option A – a copy of your active cosmetology license
– Option B – a copy of your business card, 3 trade references, 3 of the latest projects you are working on or have worked on, and a copy of a bill or invoice for work

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Discount Amount: 20%
Requirements: “email us a link to your website or online portfolio, along with your mailing address, phone number and preferred email address. Don’t have a website yet? Send us a scan of your comp card, a tear sheet (with printed name credit), professional license or diploma or union card instead. Still a student of makeup artistry or cosmetology? Send us proof of your enrollment at your current school, and you’ll qualify as well.”

OPI
Discount Amount: 50%
Requirements:
– Professional license
– Cosmetologist, Cosmetologist Instructor or Nail tech.

Origins Makeup Company
Discount Amount: 40% discount on Facial Skin Care and Color products
20% discount on Bath & Body and Hair Care products.
Requirements: “To apply for the Makeup Artist Program Card, click here to obtain an application. Please return application along with tearsheets, business card and proof of certification to:

ORIGINS Global Communications
767 Fifth Ave, 38th Fl.
New York, NY 10153

Cards will be distributed the first of every month and are only valid in US Origins Retail Stores.”

Smashbox
Discount Amount: 20% – 30% – 40% depending on profession/status
Requirements: All three levels require valid ID (drivers license) plus the following:

20% discount (STUDENT)

Proof of current enrollment at an artistry based school or certificate program
Valid Photo ID

30% discount (FREELANCE)

Valid cosmetology OR esthetician license
Professional letter of reference
Copy of your business card
Crew call list
Valid makeup artistry certificate within the last 5 years

40% discount (PRO MUA)

Valid union card
Copy of a current agency ZED card OR comp card
Copy of your business card
2 professional tear sheets that include your name

Stila Cosmetics
Discount Amount: 20% – 30% – 40% depending on profession/status
Requirements:
(Two of the following)
– Composite card
– Portfolio with name credit
– Business card
– Valid union card
– Head shot
– Publication masthead
– Professional license/diploma (aesthetician, hairstylist, cosmetology)
– Program/press materials with name credit
– Contract on production company letterhead
– Crew/call list on production company letterhead
– Professional letter of reference company letterhead

Temptu
Discount Amount: 10% pro kits; 30% Temptu products (excluding kits)
Cost: $30 annual fee
Requirements:
– Tear Sheet w/Name Credit
– Agency Comp Card
– Valid Union Card
– Crew/Call Sheet with Name Credit
– Valid Cosmetology or Esthetician License
– Letter of Employment

Urban Decay
Discount Amount:40% on most UD products (restricted to spending no more than $250 per quarter)
Requirements:
– A copy of your driver ’s license or state/federal photo ID
– Two of the following:
– Professional license (cosmetology)
– Editorial page with name credit
– Crew/call list on production company letterhead
– Union card
– Link to website
– Business Card
– Professional letter of reference