Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pro Makeup Artist Discount Programs

The best part of being a Makeup Artist? Getting our Pro Discounts, I really don't think I could be a makeup artist without it. It gives me the opportunity to try out new companies, products and always have a fully stocked kit with various color options. Many companies offer it from makeup to skin care and specialty beauty supply stores.

So what will you need to qualify? Each company is different but overall here are some of the most common requirements:

Legal ID
Most companies will ask for a copy of a legal form of id it may be a state identification card, driver's license, passport

Professional Identification 

Business Cards & Comp Card 
Business cards are probably the easiest form of identification you can get. I've ordered mine from VistaprintOvernight print123 Print, and Moo. They all have competitive pricing so long as you are not in a rush, the pricing is pretty inexpensive. The price does increase if you require express shipping. 
One of my earlier business cards
Comp Cards are used to highlight the best of your work as a makeup artist. They are used to leave behind after important meetings, marketing tools, and mailers. The purpose of a comp card is to highlight your best work and hopefully peak the interest of decision makers to view your full portfolio and hire you. They usually come in sizes 4" by 6" or larger the most common size is 8.5" by 5.5"
I love this comp card from Krystyn Johnson MUA

Tear Sheet
Tear sheets are literally a sheet or page you can "tear out" of a magazine that you did makeup for either a campaign or an editorial. Usually you are also credited on the page.

Tear Sheet from Quinn Murphy MUA

Call Sheet
A call sheet is used when you are working on a film project. It's simply a term used to describe a schedule for the production team, staff, and talent. This ensures everyone knows where to be at specific times. If you are starting out try reaching out to your local film school to work on a low budget film to obtain a call sheet.

Union Card
Union's are notoriously difficult to get into especially here in California, as they should be. It is a prestigious achievement to be part of a Local Union. Here are some websites with info on getting into a Makeup Artist Union.

A website is used as an online portfolio now and most companies are accepting a website as a form of professional identification. A domain name can cost as little as $10/yr. I made my website using Wix I also make affordable websites for other makeup artist. Email me at brandiecarlos@gmail.com for rates.

My  current website
Here is a full list of Cosmetic companies, skin care lines, and beauty supply stores that offer discounts. Each one has different requirements and discount percentages, click on the link to find out more. I will be updating this list often, so make sure to bookmark and check back. If you are a cosmetic line rep and would like to be added  to this list please email me at brandiecarlos@gmail.com
Afterglow Cosmetics
All About Mee Beauty
Alter Ego Lashes
Auraline Beauty
Bare Escentuals
Bella Pierre
Benefit Cosmetics They do not offer an online application this was the response I received to my inquiry:
Thank you for your e-mail and interest in the Benefit Professional Makeup Artist Discount Program. We offer a 30% discount to qualifying US makeup artists. To apply, please fax your credentials (i.e. resume, a copy of your license, a call sheet, and anything that solidifies your professional makeup artist status) along with name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number to (415) 781-3930 Attn: Makeup Artist Discount Program. The review process takes 2-3 weeks. You will then be notified once you are approved. Thank you for contacting us at Benefit Cosmetics

Fax or mail it to: 415.781.8153
BeneFit Cosmetics
re: Makeup Artist Program
685 Market St. 7th floor
San FranciscoCA 94105
Fax: (415) 781-3930

Brow Benefits Card 
Black Up Cosmetics
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (US)
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (UK)
CAO Cosmetics

CARA Cosmetics

Carol's Daughter

China Glaze Nail Polish
Cinema Secrets

City Cosmetics
Cliche Cosmetics
Coastal  Scents
Cocktail Cosmetics
Coco Beau
Cover FX

Crown Brush
Daniel Sandler
Dr. Hauschka

Element TwoApply for elementwo PRO Membership and receive a 20% discount on all purchases. To apply, sign in and create an account. From your account’s landing page, download our PRO Membership application form and email the completed form with required supporting materials to info@elementwo.com
Emani Vegan Cosmetics
Eve Pearl

Evie Evan - 10% off when you email evieevanpro@evieevan.com for credentials verification
Facade Beauty
FACE atelier
Ferro Cosmetics

Fortunate Face Mineral Cosmetics
Fusion of Color Cosmetics
Gabriel Cosmetics
Giogio Armani:
Thank you for your interest in Giorgio Armani Beauty’s pro-artist discount program.
To apply for the program, please see the contact information below:
Emma Loktu or Erich Ezre, Face Designers
Giorgio Armani Beauty
Bellagio Resort – Las Vegas
phone:  702.893.8327
fax:  702.893.8347
email:  GALV_Cosmetics@giorgioarmani.com
Gleam by Melanie Mills
Gorgeous Cosmetics
Honey XO
IT Cosmetics

KETT Cosmetics
Kevyn Aucoin: 

Discount via Kevyn Aucoin
Discount via Nigel's Beauty Emporium
Laura Geller
Please email customer service at info@lauragellerbeauty.com or call us toll-free at 800-625-387

Koh Gen Do

Korres - 30% off Email customerservice@korresusa.com
Lashes in a Box
Laura Geller - Please email customer service at info@lauragellerbeauty.com
Laura Mercier

Les Cosmetiques
Lime Crime (Offers Discount via Naimie's)

London Brush Company
LORAC (Offered through Naime's beauty supply)
MAC Cosmetics
Madame Madeline
Makeup Artist Magazine Pro Card (IMATS)

Makeup Artist Network
Makeup Atelier Paris -  send an email to info@ateliermaquillaje.com and they will send you an email with the requirements. They will then send you an email with your user id and password to shop. 
Make Up For Ever
Mally Beauty

Masquerade Cosmetics
Mehron (Only 10% You can get 20% @Nigels)

Morphe Brushes

Make Up Designory (MUD) -  40% For 798 union members only, present your card when ready to purchase.
Muse Beauty
Naked Cosmetics
Napoleon Perdis

NYX Cosmetics (US)
NYX Cosmetics (Canada)
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

OPI Nailpolish

Paint & Powder
Pari Pro
Paula Dorf

Roque Cozzette
Royal & Langnickel

shu uemura Contact shu uemura professional discount service 917-606-9530 for applications and a list of required documents
Skull Sugar Cosmetics

Sugarpill does not offer a MUA discount but you can get 20% off through Nigel's

Three Custom Color
Urban Decay
Whip Hand Cosmetics
Yaby Cosmetics
Youngblood Mineral

The Following Links are to prestigious beauty supply retailers, some offer exclusive discounts unavailable anywhere else. Some of them offer so many brand discounts that it is easier to shop through them than to get individual discounts from each company.

All About Mee Beauty
Camera Ready Cosmetics
Cinema Secrets
Le Cosmetique
Nigel's Beauty Emporium

Paint & Powder