Best Makeup in Boston

2014 Best Makeup

Bluemercury

You won’t find blaring music or tweens fighting over glitter eye shadow at this decidedly grownup makeup and skin-care chain—just trusted, celebrity-touted lines like Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Kiehl’s, and…Read More

2013 Best Makeup

Sephora

Boston

In case you’ve been in a beauty bubble for the past 15 years, Sephora is the adult version of Candyland. Nearly every brand of mascara, lip liner, and blush known…Read More

2012 Best Makeup

Sephora

We have only one rule when shopping at this cavernous cosmetics shop: Bring cash. How else to limit ourselves while stuffing our basket with lotions, powders, polishes, and liners? Oh,…Read More

2010 Best Makeup

A Matter of Face

Boston

Don’t fret the closure of Shu Uemura’s beloved Newbury Street boutique (our former fave). Just head for A Matter of Face in the North End. Unlike some bigger cosmetics chains—where…Read More

2009 Best Makeup

Rouge Cosmetics

Salem

Beauty junkies can spend years perfecting their primping arsenals. If you’d prefer to skip beta-testing your makeup bag, though, let Rouge founder Ann Supple Massey do the work for you….Read More

2008 Best Makeup

Neiman Marcus

Boston, Natick

When we want to mindlessly browse shadows and powders, we hit Sephora. When we need to self-medicate with new lip gloss, we stop by Beauty and Main. But when we…Read More

2007 Best Makeup

Bloomingdales

Chestnut Hill

The heart of the capacious first floor at the new multimillion-dollar Bloomingdale’s in Chestnut Hill is its smartly laid-out, wholly welcoming cosmetics department. Hard-to-find brands include Clé de Peau and…Read More

2006 Best Makeup

Beauty and Main

Hingham

With their baffling variety and often-condescending staff, department-store makeup counters can intimidate the bravest shoppers. Skip the drama and visit Beauty and Main, where there’s nary a frantic perfume spritzer…Read More

2005 Best Makeup

Saks Fifth Avenue

Boston

Armani. Dior. Bobbi Brown. Trish McEvoy. La Prairie. We love small makeup shops, but when it comes to beauty’s most coveted brands, the phrase “you can only get it at…Read More

2004 Best Makeup

The Beauty Mark

Boston

This sunny shop has hit the mark by assembling a rare collection of cult favorites (Molton Brown, Wink, T. LeClerc, TINte), all in a rainbow of colors and shades. What’s…Read More

1999 Best Makeup

E6 apothecary

Boston

Unlike the standard fare proffered by department store makeup counters, the selection at E6 is full of harder-to-find makeup, fragrance, and bath products—a beauty bonanza for makeup junkies. E6 offers…Read More

1991 Best Makeup

Pepper’s

Boston

We love the way they use herbs and plants (cucumber in a cleanser and aloe in some lipsticks), the recycling program, the championing of socially correct causes, and the whole…Read More

1982 Best Makeup

Enid Goldsmith

Boston

Goldsmith runs the Models Group, an arm of the ART agency, so she knows what she’s doing. And she uses her own products…Read More

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