The complete guide to complimentary beauty treatments in the UK

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Sarah Biddlecombe

With our busy lives it can sometimes be difficult to find the time and money to browse through seemingly endless beauty counters to find new products that we love.

But luckily for us, a huge number of brands offer complimentary services that aim to take the hassle out of shopping for beauty products. Most of these services are under the radar, so we've cracked open our little black books to hunt down all the best treatments, classes and samples that you can try before you buy.

From having your makeup done at Chanel to a luxurious facial with Liz Earle, this is the ultimate guide to complimentary beauty services in the UK.

Try before you buy

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A number of beauty brands will let you try out samples of their products before you purchase them, meaning you can test them out at home without any pressure.

Clinique will give you a week's worth of foundation for free. Head to one of their counters to get expert advice on the right shade for your skin tone and take home seven days worth of samples.

No7's Match Made service uses new technology to find the right shade of foundation for your skin. A No7 advisor will use a unique scanner to work out which of their 17 shades will suit your skin and you can then take home as a sample to try out.

Kiehl's offer skincare consultations to help you figure out which products would work best for your skin type. You can also choose a selection of samples to take home and test for yourself.

Origins can provide a five day sample of any of their products; simply pick what you would like to try and ask an advisor for a sample.

Get an introductory facial


Introduce yourself to a new skincare brand with a complimentary facial.

Origins provide 25 minute facials at their counters, along with personalised skin consultations.

Creme de la Mer offer a range of complimentary skin treatments that are tailored to your needs; if you're suffering from redness or sensitive skin try the Deep Calm facial or, if you just fancy a little pick me up, go for the illuminating Bright Future treatment.

Liz Earle give 15 minute mini facials using their award-winning skincare range.

Enjoy a hand and arm massage while you shop

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What could be more relaxing than a massage to revitalise your hands and arms? Whether you're about to hit the shops or head to the office, these complimentary treatments will soothe and refresh you.

Molton Brown give six to eight minute treatments using the latest blends that are available in store

L'Occitane offer 10 minute hand and arm massages in all their stores

Creme de la Mer will hydrate your skin with a gentle exfoliating treatment followed by a traditional hand and arm massage

Jo Malone give tailored hand and arm massages in store using your favourite Jo Malone scent

Liz Earle offer hand and arm massages using their award-winning skincare products

Be bold with a makeover


Why not let the experts take control of your look and book in for a complimentary makeover? 

Chanel offer flash makeovers that last 15 minutes each. Pop into a store or head to your local Chanel counter to try one of their masterclasses, including Flawless Face, Signature Lips and Expressive Eyes.

Clinique make up artists are on hand to offer you a quick makeover for either your eyes or your lips. Choose from a full (10 minutes) or express (3 minutes) Lip Service treatment to have your lips shaped, shaded and coloured or a full (20 minutes) or express (10 minutes) For Your Eyes Only makeover to have your eye makeup done for any ocassion.

Benefit offer mini make-uppers in all of their stand alone boutiques. Get your makeup touched up by one of their counter girls to transform your look from day to night; perfect for post-office parties and drinks.

Perfect your eyebrows


Shaping your eyebrows can transform your entire face. Whether you pluck, wax or thread your eyebrows there is expert advice on hand to help you make the most of your arches.

Benefit offer a brow mapping service with their trained make-up consultants. Pop into any Benefit store or counter and learn how best to shape your eyebrows according to your face shape.

Clinique offer either an express (5 minute) or full (10 minute) eyebrow treatment, in which you will learn how to shape and make the most of your brows.

Update your makeup knowledge


If you fancy experimenting with your look but you're not sure where to start, a makeup masterclass could be just thing.

bareMinerals offer a hands on approach with their free 'make-unders'. A bareMinerals ambassador will select a tailored range of products and teach you how to apply them to half of your face, before letting you apply the makeup to the other half of your face to make sure you're able to do the techniques yourself.

You can even drop into their counters for advice on how to achieve any makeup look, from a smoky eye to a bold lip.

MAC give free walk in demo classes; simply pick from eyes, lips or face and let a MAC artist teach you how to transform your look.

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Sarah Biddlecombe

Sarah Biddlecombe is an award-winning journalist and Digital Features Editor at Stylist

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