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Best makeup deals and annual sales

Spending money on makeup shouldn't dull your glow. The trick to getting fabulous deals is to compare prices on your favorite brands across a variety of retailers, from Ulta and Sephora to Nordstrom, Macy's and, yes, Amazon.

Timing your next beauty haul to line up with an annual makeup sale can also help you save money. But if you can't wait till then, we've rounded up our favorite makeup and beauty coupons right here, so you can save today.

Top 6 annual beauty sales

Another way to save money on your makeup and skincare goodies is to shop during annual sales. We look forward to these beauty blowouts.

1. Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

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2. Ulta Faul Haul

Right after the 21 Days of Beauty sale in September is the annual Faul Haul, just in case you missed the deals earlier in the month. Save up to 50% on big time brands like Colourpop, Hempz, L’oreal, NYX Cosmetics and more. Ulta's Faul Haul runs from late September to early October.

If your Ulta shopping cart is all loaded up but there isn't a sale happening right now, consider joining its free loyalty program to earn a point for every dollar you spend, which you can redeem for freebies later on. You'll also get a free birthday gift.

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3. CVS semi-annual beauty clearance

Get a free $10 gift card when you spend $26 on select skincare and makeup products, while taking advantage of stellar sales — like buy one, get one 50% off select Covergirl lipsticks, glosses and mascaras. The semi-annual CVS sale usually happens in September and February.

You can get $3 back when you spend $30 on beauty products at CVS all year round, through its loyalty program.

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4. Bloomingdale's Friends and Family sale

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5. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Score super low prices on designer skincare and makeup during this once-a-year sale, which happens in July and August.

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6. Sephora Beauty Insider

Get up to 20% off everything in late April and early May.

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More beauty sales

You can also get major deals when you shop during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For example, last year on Black Friday, Glossier offered 20% off site wide, while Sephora marked down products from brands like Becca and Benefit up to 50% off.

Top beauty and skincare deals right now

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20% off orders totaling $600 or more

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Which beauty brands offer free gifts with purchase?

Many niche beauty retailers include a free gift with subscription these days, but some are more generous than others. We like the free gifts from the following brands.

  • Biossance. The brand that brought us sugarcane-derived squalane throws in a free Healthy Skin Trio when you spend at least $50.
  • Drunk Elephant. Spend over $55 and get a Deluxe Sample Smoothie set for free, which includes samples of three different products from this cult fave skincare brand.
  • Origins. Get free GinZing goodies when you spend at least $55 with this plant-powered skincare company.
  • Sephora. You can pick your own free gift with a $25 purchase. These are trial size, not single-use samples, which we appreciate.
  • Ulta. Your free gift is tailored to your purchase. For instance, if you spend $35 on Urban Decay products, you’ll get a 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil for free.
  • U Beauty . When you buy a 50 ml bottle of its Super Smart Hydrator, U Beauty will include a travel size version for free.

Where can I buy discount makeup?

Perhaps you want to try a new look without spending too much money. Or maybe you're on a tight budget but still want to feel like your best self. Save money on makeup by perusing these retailers:

  • Elf. We love Elf for offering high-quality discount makeup and brushes. It's especially great for when you want to test a new trend without going broke.
  • Nordstrom Rack. You might know it for clothes, but Nordstrom Rack also offers some amazing makeup discounts. For example, right now we're seeing 53% off a Too Faced palette, 44% off an Urban Decay primer and 40% off a highlighter from Becca Cosmetics. Browse for yourself to see what you can nab.
  • Rue La La. Cheap makeup from Urban Decay, Nars and other cult favorites. You'll need to sign up for a free account, but it's worth it for the designer discounts.
  • StrawberryNET. Get super sweet discounts on name brands like Laura Mercier, Estee Lauder and Christian Dior. Sign up for its mailing list to get a special discount makeup coupon for your birthday.

Also keep in mind that both Sephora and Ulta have clearance sections where they sell discounted makeup. If you're not set on a certain brand, it's worth checking to see if they have what you need on clearance.

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