In recent years, Sephora has gained a whole lot of popularity. Everyone loves shopping there because of the amazing selection. Honestly, just walking into the store is a great time.

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Whenever I leave Sephora,  my hands are absolutely covered in different color swatches. I'm telling you, I sparkle. There are just too many things, I want but can't afford to buy.

That's the one downside. With quality comes a price. If you want the stuff that isn't going to smudge off with the wind, then it's going to cost you.

Well luckily, there are a ton of different ways you can hack their system and save money. You don't even necessarily need a membership. Here are 10 ways you can save at Sephora:

1. 15-Minute Free Makeup Service

If you're heading out to a classy event and you need your makeup done, rather than spending over $100 on makeup and then spending a couple of hours beating your face, just go to Sephora and they'll do it for you. That's right, you can just walk in off the street and their makeup artists will do your makeup for you. They usually concentrate on specific looks like a smoky eye, contour, or a perfect red lip, but hey for free, take it and RUN.

2. Go to Sephora on your Birthday

My friend actually taught me about this one because we just walked into Sephora, she pulled out her phone and she walked away with products without having spent a cent. Happy birthday to you, from Sephora. All you have to do is join their FREE loyalty program Beauty Insider and any time during your birthday month, you can show up for your free samples. How awesome is that?

3. Use and Return

Sephora is really determined to please all of their clients, so they have an amaaaazing returns policy. Basically, if you don't like it after you've used it, you can bring it back and be refunded completely! With some of their products costing over $50, that's quite the investment to make. Sometimes it really takes a couple of wears to really figure out if the makeup works for you. With Sephora, you won't be stuck with a $40 lipstick that you're never going to wear again. You can bring it right back. I'm not going to lie, some of my friends have done this on purpose. Sometimes you just want a nice color for an event but you know you're not going to wear it in your everyday life.

4. Go Crazy With Samples

You can't be shy about this one. But basically, when it comes to samples, ask and you shall receive. You can actually take up to three samples from Sephora skincare, makeup, and fragrance departments. You can even get free samples with your online orders! They're absolutely perfect for travel, and not just because you didn't actually have to spend any money on them. I know this one may be surprising, but the workers are actually super willing to give away samples, especially if they think you might make a purchase in the future. Trust me, ask for samples. You can get your Sephora products for free.

5. Take Advantage of Student Discounts

Being a student is hard enough. Luckily, TONS of companies feel our pain and throw us a bone every now and again, giving us awesome discounts. Sephora is no discount, but these discounts actually come from an outside source. On Student Discounts.com you can get up to  cash-back on your purchases. What are you waiting for? Check out the link. You won't be sorry.

6. Shop in the Sale Section

Though this one may be obvious, most people don't think of it as quickly as they should. Check out their sale section because, who knows, you may just find the perfect product at 50% off. Just because it isn't new, doesn't mean it isn't fantastic. In fact, most of my favorite products are old favorites. If it ain't broke don't fix it. They change it up every week so you'll have tons of options, don't worry.

7. Join their Loyalty Programs

I'm sure you've seen people flashing their fancy membership cards at Sephora. And if you aren't in on the action, you 100% need to be. You can save a TON of money just by signing up. As you can see below, there are 3 different kinds of membership cards. One of them is free and the other two are determined based on how much you spend. So naturally, the more you spend, the more features you get. And I mean hey, if you're spending so much, you might as well get rewarded for it.

Via Sephora

8. Follow Sephora on Social Media

Trust me on this one, it's worth it. I know it seems like you're just going to get tons of spam that won't be of any use to you, but that's actually not true. Yes, you will probably still get spam, but between all those emails you will also get exclusive intel. They actually do tons of huge giveaways. And on top of that, the more you enter, the better chance you have. So, before you know it, you could actually win all the makeup you need. Free makeup? Ye, please. All you have to do is keep an eye out.

9. Take Advantage of Free Shipping

I know most of us do our shopping online anyway, and it's actually beneficial. All you've gotta do is keep updating your cart and filling it up until you reach $50 (which definitely won't take that long). After that, shipping is 100% free. On top of that, in case you didn't know, do some research about Flash 2-day shipping. Once you sign up and pay for the year, you don't have to spend a penny on shipping. So, if you know that you're going to be making a lot of orders (which, let's face it, you are), then you should definitely look into this.

10. Wait for Sales

I know it often seems like you absolutely cannot wait for another second to buy that new lipstick, but trust me, sometimes it can wait. Sephora rarely has sales, but their semi-annual sale events are godsent. Twice a year, you can save a button of money if you purchase at the right time. Good things come to those who wait.

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