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Makeovers for Free in the Boston Area

Updated on October 7, 2012

Get Made Up for Free in Boston

If you’re looking for a full makeover, there’s no dearth of department stores and beauty studios that will do one for you – at a price. These prices, however, are likely to be in the range of hundreds of dollars, making them prohibitive for a lot of people. Fortunately, there are alternatives that you can take advantage of; high-end manufacturers will usually set up spaces to introduce their new and popular products at department stores and will be happy to do a free makeover in the hope that you will like their products and become a regular user of their merchandise.

Several stores not only carry samples and testers, but also appoint salespersons and professional beauticians to help you try them on. The Beauty Mark, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora are just a few of them. Let’s see how you can get yourself a free make over by visiting their stores in the Boston area.

Sephora is one of the most popular cosmetic department stores in the country. They offer free samples of nearly all their expensive cosmetic products. At the Boston store, they even have trained professionals to apply the products for you, and show you how they should be used. Their store is located at 800 Boylston Street.

The Beauty Mark, located at 33 Charles Street, may not be as large as the others, but they are very finicky about the products that they carry, and only the best make it through. Often they will have brands and products that you may have a hard time finding elsewhere. Their saleswomen are polite and extremely helpful; they will help you try samples and even give you some great beauty tips that you can try at home. A full makeup application costs around $75 if that’s what you’re looking for.

Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue are both located on Boylston Street, and have cosmetics divisions with lots of free samples and testers, as well as gracious staff who encourage you to try rather than push you to buy.

A lot of department stores will do mini-makeovers to help you decide what’s right for you, but remember – there’s no obligation to buy whatsoever. Don’t give in to any pressure to purchase or sales techniques that trap you into making a commitment. Some sales staff that are trying to make their months quota will often try to get you to commit to a purchase by saying things like “can I get you a moisturizer with that cream” or “should I wrap the blue one or the red one” in an effective sales tone that would put even the master salesman Zig Ziglar to shame. Stand your ground and only purchase what you feel you absolutely want, and don’t feel guilty doing it.


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