If you’re visiting Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games and run out of your favorite lip gloss or concealer, you don’t need to have a beauty meltdown. Vancouver has it covered when it comes to beauty boutiques and retailers.
Located in Vancouver’s trendiest downtown neighborhood, BeautyMark is well-known for carrying the top of the line in skin, hair, and makeup products (think Pink Sugar, Kiss Me Mascara, Mario Badescu, and more). If you’re in desperate need of a brow arch, makeup artist Alisha Noon (the Anastasia of Vancouver) can find the best shape for your face. You can also score the latest in accessories including cow-friendly (non-leather) handbags from Mimi & Marge and local bling from Lolo Jewellery. 103-1120 Hamilton Street, 604-642-2294.
Murale, Oakridge Centre
Recently opened in Vancouver’s exclusive Oakridge shopping mall, Murale features a modern design with spacious aisles where you can take in over 200 brands of makeup, fragrance, and skincare products. The collections from around the globe include Bobbi Brown, CARGO Cosmetics, Chanel, Smashbox, Dr. Brandt, and Murad. An in-house beauty team also provides consultations, skin testing, and facial treatments. 650 West 41st Avenue, 604-264-8035.
Sephora, Pacific Centre Mall
Offering the ultimate in beauty shopping, you can find Sephora right smack in the center of downtown. Swing by this beauty haven for cosmetic lines that you won’t find in any drugstore like Kat Von D, NARS, and Make Up For Ever with tester stations in each aisle. Express Service counters include personalized makeup lessons on the latest trends from smoky eyes to pouty lips. The shelves are also well stocked with specialty hair care lines like Ojon and Oscar Blandi as well as bath and beauty collections like Cake Beauty.
701 West Georgia Street, 778-331-3942.