Sephora Freebies

Secrets to Getting the Sephora Freebies and Free Sephora Makeovers

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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.

Tip: If you visit a Sephora inside of a JCPenney, be sure to check out what freebies you can pick up at JCPenney.

How to Get a Free Sephora Birthday Gift

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 2017's free birthday gift, they're giving away your choice of a Tarte lip and cheek set, Caudalie moisturizer & serum set, or Jack Black cleanser and moisturizer.

To get the Sephora birthday gift, you'll need to join their free loyalty program, Beauty Insider. At the beginning of your birthday month, your birthday gift will become available. You'll simply need to provide your Beauty Insider card or phone number to the cashier when checking out. The free birthday gifts are usually kept behind the counter, so you'll need to ask for yours.

You can also get your free birthday gift online but you'll need to make a purchase along with it.

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.
  • 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 3 free samples each time you order that includes fragrance, skincare, and makeup samples. Sometimes during certain promotions, you can get even more free samples.

If you're a member of the Beauty Insider program, you'll also be able to rack up points each time you make a purchase. These points can be redeemed for deluxe samples, special collectibles, and curated product sets.

Free Makeovers at Sephora

A Sephora beauty expert will give you a free 15-minute makeover, no purchase required and no appointment necessary.

Here are the free express makeovers that you can choose from:

  • Smoky Eye
  • Perfect Lips
  • Treat & Conceal
  • Blush & Bronze
  • Everyday Eye
  • Essential Eyeliner
  • Flawless Foundation
  • False Lashes

There are longer full-face makeovers available but they require a minimum purchase.

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