Makeup exam: Vancouver stores that pass the beauty test

Whether you’re gearing up for party season, a gala event, a dress-up occasion like Halloween or simply just want to accentuate your natural beauty, the right makeup — and knowing how to apply it — can be your best friend. These beauty bars make “putting on your face” fun and fabulous.

Beauty Mark

1
1268 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2V1

If you’re looking for a fun outing with a couple of girlfriends, look no further than Beauty Mark. With a wide range of designer products from niche lines like Kevin Aucoin and makeup accessories from Tokyo Milk, this fun and funky Yaletown beauty store carries all those must-have items for your makeup drawer. Don’t know where to begin? Let one of their trained staff guide you through an hour-long tutorial, and open your arms to the generous samples always on offer.

Mink Makeup and Hair

2
170-422 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2Z4

Don’t leave your big day up to a quick stroke of the mascara brush and a smear of lip gloss. With all those cameras around you’ll want to be looking your best, and Mink has made it its mission to ensure all your wedding day makeup and beauty needs are taken care of. From offering a pre-wedding day trial run to coming to wherever you’ll be getting ready on the day itself, Mink stylists have your fully polished look top of mind.

CurliQue Beauty

3
410 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0H3

The retail extension of the Blanche Macdonald Centre, Curlique is both a warehouse of excellent, professionally chosen beauty lines and an experimentation and education lab for budding makeup artists. Their makeup services will prepare you for a wild night out, a fantastical event or just everyday application, all under the guidance of Blanche Macdonald alums seeking to share their knowledge. Much of the cost of these is redeemable through makeup purchase, making this both an educational and affordable beauty session.

Finlandia Natural Pharmacy

4
1111 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G1

Shopping at Finlandia means you’re getting the best for your health, promoting wellness, prevention and holistic healing using a reasonable mix of Western medicine and homeopathic remedies. The same goes for their makeup counter. They stock nothing but natural and organic beauty products from such lines as Sappho, John Masters and Butter London. Their on-site beauty department manager is always on hand to offer guidance and demonstrations, working with your skin’s natural inclinations to find the best products for you, and for the earth.

When it comes to cooking at home, it helps to have the right tools for the job. From the basics like a frying pan, wooden spoon, sharp knife and cutting board to the more obscure, like a cherry pitter, pizza peel or tortilla press, these stores have you covered. [Photo courtesy of Yellow Pages]
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Rain or shine, Vancouver is an active city year-round. There’s no better way to get motivated than to look good while you’re working out. These stores — all but one Vancouver-founded — will get you in gear. Literally. [Photo credit: iStock.com/BraunS]
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