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How to Get a Complete Makeover for Free

How to Get a Complete Makeover for Free
Written by Oana Schneider

Who wouldn’t like getting a free makeover? In today’s social media-obsessed world, everybody is concerned about the image that they project. Although there are plenty of things that you can do for yourself to improve your looks, having the help of a professional will definitely give you great results. This is probably the reason why a lot of makeover shows have become popular over the years.

Oprah Winfrey and other female talk show hosts have dedicated episodes where they focus on giving women a makeover. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy features men being made over and for women, it shows like Extreme Makeover, Ambush Makeover, and What Not to Wear. There are even makeover shows for homes and cars. The highlight of these programs is the ‘before-and-after’ which features the improvement of the person, house or car after certain steps were done for the makeover.

Now, if you would like to have a makeover for yourself, is there such a thing as a free one? That is what we will learn more about here. First, let’s take a look at how much people are actually willing to spend to look good.

As you may already know, beauty and weight loss products are both billion-dollar industries. Every year, there seems to be a weight loss product, exercise program, exercise equipment, fitness program or dieting technique which promises miracle results, but rarely ever delivers. For the beauty industry, dozens of companies have launched their line of products because a lot of people are willing to spend money in order to look their best.

In fact, according to Statista.com, beauty shoppers who earn less than $20,000 are willing to spend around $24 on beauty products per month in 2012. 33% of this spending was done online, which explains the popularity of beauty products from Internet shops.

Virtual Makeovers

Now, if you would like to have an actual makeover but don’t want to spend anything on it, what’s a good way to start? How about having a virtual makeover first? There are plenty of websites where you can have a preview of what you would look like wearing a certain shade of eyeshadow, hair color or even the dress that Hollywood celebrities don.

Here’s a quick look at some sites worth checking out:

Beauty Rio

This website allows you to preview what you’d look like with Katie Holmes’ brunette locks if you have an entirely different hair color, or Rihanna’s famous bob if you have long hair. You can upload your picture, try on different makeup and hairstyles; wear different celebrity-inspired looks; save the makeover picture and share it with your friends.

Daily Makeover

Just like BeautyRiot.com, this site lets you try on hot celebrity looks. If you want to know what you would like with red lips and a blonde hairstyle ala-Taylor Swift, all you have to do is upload your photo and view the results. You can even “try on” a different skin color, fashion style, hairstyle, and makeup.

How to Get a Complete Makeover for Free

InStyle

Wondering what you’d look like with Ariana Grande’s signature high pony hairstyle? InStyle.com gives you a virtual preview. Aside from hairstyles, you can also try on different makeup and complete looks.

Mary Kay

Mary Kay is a famous cosmetics company, and their website is a one-stop shop where you can try on different makeup shades for your face, eyes, and lips. The site also lets you try on different hairstyles, nail color, accessories – and the final photo can be saved using different effects, similar to Instagram filters.

Taaz

Taaz.com is one of the most popular virtual makeover sites. Creating a new look is as easy as uploading your photo, applying some makeup and choosing a hairstyle.

Seventeen

There’s also Seventeen.com, where you can try on different looks using your own or a celebrity’s photo. These sites also give you tips on which makeup to use depending on your skin tone or the shape of your face; as well as hairstyle based on your hair color or the texture of your locks. 

By having a virtual preview of what you would look like after a makeover, you would have an idea about which products you should invest in – starting from hair color to makeup.

Complete Makeovers for Free

Next, how can you get an actual complete makeover for free? Here are a few tips:

Visit the official website of TV shows featuring free makeovers.

Television stations like NBC, ABC, especially the reality TV stations, usually hold auditions for women who are willing to undergo a makeover. One website that you can visit for this is auditionsfree.com.

For instance, moms who would like to wear more than mom jeans might want to participate in an upcoming NBC talk show which is specifically for them. 

There are also TV stations where brides-to-be can get a makeover for free. Dating shows, fashion advice shows, mom-and-daughter makeover shows – there are plenty of shows on TV where you can sign up for a free makeover. 

Aside from actually getting the makeover for free, you can also have your fifteen minutes of fame once your episode airs.

Do a self-makeover!

Okay, this may not necessarily bring you professional results, but doing a self-makeover is the best way to give yourself a new look. You don’t even have to spend so much money on new products – knowing which eyeshadow or lipstick color is right for your skin tone should do the trick.

Visiting a site where you can have a virtual makeover definitely helps. Once your picture gets uploaded, you will have an idea about which makeup shade looks excellent against your skin tone. After determining such factors, you can do a self-makeover. 

Better yet, have a friend make you over. Work with one who’s an expert at cosmetics so that she can make you look your best. Remember that putting on makeup is simply a way of highlighting your best features instead of hiding what you really are, so have fun with it!

To save money or not spend any money at all, try on first the makeup used by a friend or ask for samples from malls or cosmetics companies. Even if you think that vampy red lipstick will not work for you, there’s absolutely no harm in trying it out. You can always wipe it off later if you don’t like it. With a do-it-yourself makeover, you can look your best without having to spend too much or anything at all.

A DIY makeover is quite an easy feat to accomplish. If you have no idea how to use makeup, you can simply go online and look for makeup application tutorials. You can also make use of kitchen staples as ingredients for a face mask or a mask for your hair. After giving yourself some pampering through at-home spa sessions, you can proceed with the cosmetic makeover through makeup application.

Visit a local community college in your area.

What about visiting a local community college in your area? Educational establishments which offer vocational or technical classes with cosmetology subjects usually require their students to do a demo of their hair cutting, hair styling or makeup skills. 

Check out public bulletin boards or call the local community college in your area and volunteer to undergo a free makeover from a student, preferably one who’s already developed skills so that the results would be almost professional.

How to Get a Complete Makeover for Free

Know which websites offer free makeovers.

On the website MakeOverMomma.com, there is a list of cosmetic manufacturer site or social media accounts that you can use as reference for free makeovers. Here are a few examples:

  • Avon
  • Acacia
  • Brazilian Peel
  • Beautisol
  • Bliss Spa
  • Bliss Fat Girl Slim Treatment Kit
  • Dove
  • Kelly Van Gogh Master Blend
  • L’oreal Paris
  • Stella & Dot    

These are the sponsors of the Makeover Momma promos and there are plenty of other sites where you can participate in free makeover sessions. Their sponsors are companies that you might already be patronizing, anyway, so it should be easy for you to join the contests.

A Final Word About Makeovers

Just because you feel like you need a makeover does not necessarily mean that you should be lacking in self-confidence. Women, especially new moms, go through a lot – be it at the home front or at work. Multitasking, being a working mom or simply climbing the corporate ladder are stressful activities which should not actually take its toll on your appearance. In fact, the busier you are, the more you should pay attention to your appearance.

When you know that you look good on the outside, you will feel equally confident on the inside. Receiving compliments about your looks and feeling confident with yourself will make you feel as if you’re ready to take on the world. 

So if you happen to stumble upon a free makeover offer, grab it eagerly so that you can look your best without having to spend a single cent on it.

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How to Get a Complete Makeover for Free

About the author

Oana Schneider

Oana Schneider is a published author located in Chicago, Illinois, who currently works for DontPayFull.com as a communication specialist and blog editor. She writes about lifestyle, family budget, has a degree in Communications and advocates for women’s rights. Her future plans include getting a Labrador and losing a few pounds.

10 Comments

  • Thanks for this great article! I will look into finding a place for a free makeover myself. I know also if you go to the beauty counters, they will sometimes give you a free makeup application if you are going to buy a new product. That’s a great way to start a makeover too, having someone do your makeup for you in a way you may have never done.

    Also what you said is so true about new moms – hey, all moms! Once you have kids your life changes so much it’s hard to put yourself first anymore. All moms need a free makeover!

  • Great information! I especially appreciate the links, because I had no idea about some of those companies. I’ll be sure to check those out.

    On the topic of self makeovers, I’ve recently started watching some YouTube videos by makeup artists. They are entertaining to watch, and I’ve learned quite a few tricks of the trade to practice on myself! One of my favorites is gossmakeupartist 😉

    • Some of those YouTubers do some incredible things when it comes to makeup tutorials and displays. They definitely know how to really apply makeup to themselves, and I know that thousands of women and even some men follow their advice. It’s pretty impressive how large some of their followings are today.

  • Great article! I’ll add my own experience: If you go to a place like MAC for makeup (it’s pretty expensive, but I went there to buy my mom a gift), you can get them to give you make up if you ask. They’re very kind and the people who work there realize how expensive it is! So they’ll give you a nice make up for free and you can just wear it all day long. It’s similar to the visiting local community colleges, except… well, more expensive. Heh.

  • I love those websites where you can try out different crazy things to imagine what it’d look like on you! 🙂 I always looked around for decent quality ones, but never quite found one. So cool to have a list of choices now!

    Also, many malls big stores (the kind with a floor just for perfumes and make up) will have different stands offer you a free make up trial thing, so you can get a make over this way, too. Does not include hair, but still a nice thing when considering new looks to adopt!

  • One of the best tips in this article is to go to a local college and haves students complete your makeover for you. If you plan it for the right time of year, they should be almost completely trained and ready for their practical exams. This means that the work they would do on you would be to a very high standard, and almost as good as what you would get if you were to pay for it in a make up salon. And not only would you get a great price – or sometimes even for free – but you would also be helping them to train, which they would more than appreciate. So it is great, and beneficial to everyone.

  • As someone who doesn’t have much money since Google wrecked my online money-making methods I have started sourcing these free makeovers to treat my girlfriend every couple of months. I normally use beauty schools, but now I’ve discovered MakeOverMomma.com I’m sure I’ll find more – especially free hairstylers. 🙂

  • This is a great article i like how you added links and brands of the makeup that will offer free makeovers. I love makeup i enjoy doing makeup but it would be amazing to have my makeup done by someone else and for free.

  • Thank you for sharing this information Oana. It’s really an advantage for us to have the access to all the links and products that might help us improve. Nowadays, it’s really hard to identify products that are safe to use but i read reviews for those products and it was actually overwhelming. Those products that you referred were actually reliable and safe according to those who tried it.

  • I’d heard several years back that there were some websites where a person could upload a photograph and try on different clothing, but I’ve never heard of virtual makeovers. I know a person can go to many department stores and get somewhat of a makeover at the beauty counters, but there is a lot of pressure to purchase products, and they are usually pretty expensive. I love the idea of being able to stay in the comfort of my own home while trying out some new products and styles.

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