Want to Try Before You Buy? Here’s 5 Ways to Get a Free Makeover

October 27, 2021
Jazmine A. Ortiz
By: Jazmine A. Ortiz | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
5 Stores That Offer Free Makeovers

Picture this: you’re investing in a day full of self-care, complete with a fitness class, a fresh manicure and a trip to a new lunch spot you’ve been dying to visit. Your responsibilities are on pause until further notice (it’s clearly the *perfect* day), so you decide to keep doin’ you. Our proposal? Sneak a mini makeover into the equation! And if you’re home, but still want a “makeover,” we’ve got virtual options for you to try, too. Ahead, find your guide to five complimentary makeup services you can test out for free.


Stop into Nordstrom to receive a free in-store beauty service or to be paired with a beauty stylist. Before heading in, check out the store’s list of complimentary beauty services to see if there’s something you’re interested in. Many brands offer mini beauty treatments such as a cat-eye session with Lancôme or a ten-minute makeover with Giorgio Armani Beauty. For a more personalized service, request a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist who will help you find products that meet your preferences and goals.


Similar to the Nordstrom Beauty Stylist experience, Bloomingdale’s also has their own version of the role. You can book an appointment with an associate at an in-store beauty counter (like YSL, Lancôme, Armani and more) for everything from a 30-minute skincare consultation to a one-hour makeover. Appointments run all day, every day, which means the excuses to treat yourself are endless.

NYX Professional Makeup

If you’re home and want to partake in the beauty consultation experience in your PJs, head to nyxcosmetics.com to video chat with one of the brand’s beauty advisors. You can virtually try a foundation shade or get a lipstick recommendation. Plus, you’ll get feedback in real-time!

L’Oréal Paris Beauty Genius

Looking to update your look with a new hair color or lip color? The L’Oréal Paris Beauty Genius Virtual Try-On feature uses augmented reality technology to allow you to test out hair colors and makeup before you purchase them. Click here to try the Makeup Genius Virtual Try-On tool and here to try the Hair Color Genius Virtual Try-On feature.

Maybelline New York Virtual Makeup Try-On

Maybelline has its own virtual shade try-on technology that’s worth a whirl if you want to try before you buy. See how the new Maybelline New York SuperStay Ink Into the Zodiac collection will look on you before pressing “add to cart.” You can also compare between four different shades and share your selfie on social media to ask your friends what they think about your new style. Click here to use Maybelline’s Virtual Makeup try-on technology on your phone or computer now.

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