Your Essential Guide to Getting & Using Free Makeup!

Tips, tricks, and pitfalls to avoid when getting makeup -- whether free samples of makeup or just real makeup.

November 19 2018

Makeup is that one thing that's part of almost every woman's handbag or preparation kit, and it's something that most women don't consider leaving the house with; if you don't have your makeup in your bag, then we're going to take a wild guess and say that you don't feel like your outfit is complete.

But if makeup is essential to women and most of them have it around, then why is buying it so damned expensive? A lot of women will just stick to a certain brand of makeup because they be bothered to find anything else – and so they keep buying a product that doesn't work for them (or that they don't really want) just out of simple habit. Don't get caught in this trap!

Free samples allow you to try a range of different products with absolutely no obligation to buy the whole product, or to return anything to the manufacturer. All that you have to do is give the product a try – and if you don't like it, move on. Some sites will require a review in exchange for samples, but most manufacturers don't and are just happy that consumers are trying their products.

If you've never made use of free samples before, then it can be a confusing business: If you've wondered, you can stock your entire house with free sample products if you order enough of them – and this website has been set up to make things a lot easier for you.

The free sample business doesn't have to be confusing or complicated. In fact, it's pretty easy to get started – but there are a few things that you need to know if you don't want to get stuck or have a million questions after your first order. We've thought of some of the most common questions and things you need to think about for free sample ordering and put all of it in one article.

Bookmark our site and keep checking back for some of the best links to free samples and absolutely gratis stuff. Here's what you should know about ordering your samples before you fill in your info.

Here's our rundown of tips so you can find some of the best free makeup samples around – and advice on how to avoid some of the most common "free sample" scams.

Choosing Your Sample

Choosing cosmetics samples is a slightly different process then selecting any other kind of sample, and this means that manufacturers will often send along a more broad variety of samples if we're talking about a cosmetics range – for example, lipstick samples often come in several shades, and foundation has to match your skin.

Sometimes a manufacturer will just send you a range of different shades so you can try all of them to find what works, and other times they'll let you pick from several shades in the catalogue and send you a sample for the one that fits you – make sure you check what your free sample includes (usually part of the terms and conditions) before you actually place your sample order.

Entering Your Information

Most sample sites will ask you to enter your information in order to receive samples – though if you feel that the information they're asking is too much or too invasive, rather move on to another company that offers similar samples instead.

If you're fine with providing some basic personal information about you like your address and name, then make sure you fill in this information in full before you click submit.

From there, the site will usually issue you with a confirmation that the info has been received and that your sample is on the way – this either appears right in your browser or it'll be in your inbox. If you don't see it there, check your inbox. The confirmation message is pretty important and should let you know that your order has been received – it should also (usually) contain a tracking number so that you can keep an eye on your order.

If you haven't received your sample in the allotted time the site promised, then you're welcome to give the customer support team a call to find out why your delivery is taking so long.

Testing Your Skin

When we're talking about makeup, cosmetics and skincare products, the first step for anyone should be to test a little bit of the sample on a small part of their skin, usually the wrist or arm. Leave it for a few minutes, and only use the rest of the product if you can honestly say that there are no adverse effects to your skin.

This is a quick allergy test that can save you a lot of trouble – and an allergic reaction to something doesn't always mean that the product is a terrible one. Sometimes it just means that the product doesn't work as well for you as it might have for someone else – pass and move on to the next one, and spare a moment to tell the manufacturer about your experience with their sample. This is how companies improve. After all, how will they know if nobody tells them about it?

When Samples Go Wrong

Did you test a sample and it's doing something horribly painful to your skin? Your next step should be to clean off the area with simple water, then dry it – and leave it alone as much as possible, even if it continues to be itchy.

If you show any other, serious effects (which are very, very rare but still possible with severe allergies), get yourself to the emergency room and remember to tell the doctor what you took to get there.

This shouldn't scare you off: Reactions like these are extremely rare, and we can almost say with certainty that extreme reactions are likely not going to happen to you. But we're including it here just because it's important to know what to do if it were to happen!

If you've had a bad reaction from any sample, it's important to let the manufacturer know what your reaction to it was – this can help them ensure that it doesn't happen to anyone else.

Use Online Makeup Tutorials

For when you've finally ended up with a bunch of makeup samples and you have no idea what to do with them, you should use online makeup tutorials as your inspiration. They can teach you how to do almost any kind of makeup job – and if you click on enough related videos, you might even learn how to fix a car engine or string a guitar at the same time. Online makeup tutorials are great for teaching you new tricks – and learning new things to do with samples that you might not have thought of before.

It keeps things fresh, and it gives you an excuse to get some more samples in the mail to test out that new makeup tutorial you just found.

Avoiding the Scams

Only order samples either directly from the manufacturer or retailer, or choose only websites that you trust (and ones that come recommended) when you place your order. There are many scams out there, and this is the easiest way to avoid them – and if an offer seems just too good to be true, check it with the manufacturer it claims to be from: Many times they really appreciate tip-offs from their customers!

Have you learned any free makeup sample tips or tricks the hard way? Get in touch with us through the comments and let us know!