How to get free beauty treatments

Written by Kerre Chen (@itsKerre), edited by Charlotte Burns

There's something amazing about going into a department store and blagging yourself a load of free beauty samples, but you know whats even better? Leaving with supple skin, a glowing face and a fresh makeup look of course! All for free and by professionals.

A plethora of brands offer complimentary services from makeovers and makeup lessons to facials and hand massages - just to make your shopping experience that touch more luxurious.

This is your ultimate guide to taking the ‘try before you buy’ method to the next level.

Skin

Origins

Head to your nearest Origins counter to get a completely free 20-minute personalised facial. Your appointment will include a one-on-one skincare consultation followed by treatments for your skin concerns which could include gentle dermabrasion, a face mask and moisturising treatment.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £15
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

Liz Earle

Liz Earle is a British beauty brand with years of botanical expertise, it uses the finest quality of naturally active ingredients which you can experience for yourself with a free 15 minute facial as well as an arm and hand massage using its award-winning products.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £15
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

Crème de la Mer

Suffering from redness or dull skin? Or just fancy a little pick-me-up to get you through your day of shopping? Crème de la Mer offers a wide range of complimentary services that can be tailored to your needs, from the Bright Future treatment to the Hand & Arm Indulgence.

If you’re already planning on investing in a pot of Crème de le Mer (woah there, Richy Rich!) then hold fire, the 30 minute Crème de la Mer Express Treatment worth £50 can be redeemed against purchase.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? N/A
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

Neal’s Yard

Neal’s Yard know how to play its cards right, not only does it offer a free mini-facial; you get a free makeover thrown in too!

Learn about how to enhance your beauty naturally with their pure organic mineral makeup, formulated with botanical oils and extracts to protect your skin. And if you’re lucky, you might get indulge in some of its organic tea or superfood smoothies too.

  • Where – Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth - £35
  • How - Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

Makeup

MAC

For a nifty 15-minute demo class, head to MAC where an artist will pass on their expertise on how to perfect your chosen feature, from perfecting your lipstick to eyebrow shaping and face contouring.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £10
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

Kiko

Bored of your look? Put your face in the hands of a talented KIKO makeup artist who will spend 45 minutes with you to help magic up a look with a few swishes of a wand (makeup brush).

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £25
  • How? Appointment only – call or book in-store.

Body Shop

Get to know your skin better and pop into your local Body Shop for a free skin consultation and makeover from a professional store consultant.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £10
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

Chanel

Head to your nearest Chanel counter for a walk-in flash service lasting 15 minutes, pick from either Flawless Face, Signature Lips, Expressive Eyes or Defining Brows.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £10
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

Benefit

Fleeky brows are all the rage right now and you can get your own pair of these at Benefit who offer a brow mapping service. Learn how to shape your eyebrows according to your face shape from a trained make-up consultant.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £10
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

Clinique

Clinique offer a range of complimentary makeup services, however they only last 10 minutes so choose wisely! Whether you need your eye makeup done for an occasion or your lips shaped, shaded and coloured, Clinique has got you covered.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £10
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

bareMinerals

Want that no-makeup makeup look? bareMinerals has a complimentary make-under menu of lessons where an ambassador will teach you how to apply your makeup on half of your face, before letting you apply the makeup to the other half of your face yourself!

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £20
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

Bobbi Brown

Whether you want a smokey eye or statement lop, makeup lessons taught by Bobbi-trained makeup artists are simple, easy to replicate and all about making you look and feel your best.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £25
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

Massage

Molton Brown

If you don’t have much time then Molton Brown offer a complimentary 6-minute hand and arm massage using the latest blends that are available in store.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £4
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

L'Occitane

In addition to offering a wide selection of beauty products, L’Occitane also provides complimentary beauty ritual services including a 10-minute deluxe hand and arm massage.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £5
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy

Jo Malone

Let one of the Jo Malone experts help you create a bespoke scent using the art of fragrance combining which can then be used in a luxurious hand and arm massage. It even offers free consultations for a bespoke wedding scent or a scent for your home.

  • Where? Nationwide
  • Estimated Worth? £10
  • How? Just stop by any time or book an appointment if busy.

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