How to Get Sephora Free Samples, Makeovers, and Gifts

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Sephora is a great place to stop in for freebies and free samples. Most of them are available without any purchase required and you just need to ask to get them.

It’s really pretty easy to get free stuff from Sephora, the secret is knowing what they have available that’s free for the taking. Look below to find out how you can get free makeup, free samples, free makeovers, free beauty services, free classes, and more.

Sephora Birthday Gift 2019

Every year during your birthday month you can visit your local Sephora to get a free birthday gift, no purchase required. I have to say that this is hands down my favorite birthday freebie I get each year.

These birthday gifts are different each year. For the 2020 Sephora free birthday gift, there are more choices than ever. Here’s what you get to choose from:

  • MILK Makeup Mascara and Lip + Cheek Set
  • Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream and Coco Cabana Cream Set
  • Briogeo Mini Charcoal + Coconut Oil Shampoo and Mini Deep Conditioning Mask
  • Jo Malone Mini Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne (VIB and Rogue only, Online exclusive)

To get the Sephora birthday gift, you’ll need to join their free loyalty program, Beauty Insider. You can get your birthday week starting two weeks before your birthday and ending two weeks after your birthday. It’s also available during your whole birthday month.

You’ll simply need to provide your Beauty Insider card, phone number, or address to the cashier when checking out. The free birthday gifts are usually kept behind the counter, so you’ll need to ask for yours. They’re available at Sephora and Sephora inside JCPenney, while supplies last. You can also get your free birthday gift online but you’ll need to make a purchase along with it. You can’t redeem it from the JCPenney website.

Sephora’s Free Samples In-Store and Online

Believe it or not, you can walk out of Sephora with a bag full of free samples without making any kind of purchase. Here are some tips on getting those free samples:

Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. Explain that you want to try a certain product at home to see if you like it before you make a purchase.
The Sephora associates are much more likely to take the time to help you if they think you’ll make a purchase today or sometime in the future. Pick up a few products and put them in your basket and you’re much likely to get offered help.

There are often free samples behind the counter. Don’t be afraid to ask for one, and you may be offered one if you make a purchase.
You can get a sample of just about any product that Sephora carries. This includes makeup, skincare, and fragrances.
Sephora also has free events that you can attend to get free samples. In the past, they’ve given away free samples of eyeliner, lipstick, mascara, and eyeshadow during these events.

Each time you order online at Sephora, you’ll also get free beauty samples. You can pick 2 free samples each time you order that includes fragrance, skincare, and makeup samples. Sometimes during certain promotions, you can get even more free samples.

Sephora’s Free Makeovers

A Sephora beauty expert will give you a free 15 to 20-minute makeover, no purchase required and no appoiree express makeovers that you can choose from:

  • Mini Facials
  • Flawless Foundation
  • Smoky Eye
  • Counter
  • Polished Brows
  • Everyday Eye
  • Essential Eyeliner
  • Flawless Foundation
  • Treat & Conceal
  • Blush & Bronze
  • Perfect Lips
  • False Lash Application

There are longer full-face makeovers available but they require a minimum purchase unless you are a Rogue member, and then they’re free.

Free Color IQ Foundation Matching

You can stop by Sephora and use their Color IQ service to get matched with more than 1,500 shades of foundation.

A small camera is used to find out the shade of your skin and match it to 110 skin tones within the Color IQ library. You’ll get a free printout of your skin tone match and list of foundation shades that will work for you.

Free Skincare Advice

Sephora also has a Skincare IQ service where a beauty expert will take into account your skin concerns and needs and give you custom recommendations on products that are a good fit for your skin.

Free Beauty Classes at Sephora

If you’re a Beauty Insider at Sephora, you can attend free beauty classes so you can learn how to apply makeup and take care of your skin. Here’s a list of classes that they regularly offer:

  • Contouring & Highlighting
  • Color Eye Makeup
  • Day-to-Night Smoky Eye
  • Flawless Foundation
  • Skincare Basics
  • Party-Ready Smoky Eye
  • False Lashes
  • Teen Makeup
  • No-Makeup Makeup
  • Brow Shaping
  • perfect Lips
  • Correct and Conceal
  • Age-Defying Skincare
  • Winged Eyeliner

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated

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