accurate assessment of your skin color (prescriptives.com).
For those seeking the next level of makeup matching, the Parisian boutique of Terry de Gunzburg, founder of By Terry and creator of the hero product Touche Éclat by YSL, is a must-visit. Gunzburg offers an "Haute Couleur" service, custom-blending color palettes using high-density pigments and clever formulations (byterry.com).
But perhaps The Edit's most exciting discoveries are US-based Giella and the UK's Cosmetics à la Carte. If you have ever lamented the discontinuation of your favorite buy, this is the service for you. At Giella, you send a remnant of the product to its Long Island offices and it will be recreated in just two days (giella.com). Cosmetics à la Carte offers a similar service, but also makes a hypo-allergenic version for sensitive skins (cosmeticsalacarte.com).
Fragrance for you
Scent is subjective, which makes having a perfume created according to your own olfactory
“If you have ever LAMENTED the discontinuation of your FAVORITE buy, this is the service for YOU”
desires the ultimate luxury in beauty terms. Lyn Harris (the founder of British fragrance house Miller Harris) charges around $12,000 to create a bespoke fragrance – you'll visit her workshop to pore over raw ingredients sourced from all around the world to identify your ideal match (millerharris.com).
In Kuwait City, Sheikh Majed
Al-Sabah has created The Fragrance Kitchen, a sleek, black-marbled concept store, which bridges the gap between the traditions of Middle Eastern fragrance and the West. There you'll find three key collections: Signature, a line of "ready-to-wear" scents, Exclusive, a more dramatic range designed to be worn at night,
and Handmade, a bespoke service in limited-edition designer bottles, price on request. A second store recently opened in Milan (within luxury store La Rinascente) and launches in Moscow, London and Paris are planned for later this year (thefragrancekitchen.com).
If a unique fragrance is a little out of your means, online Parisian fragrance service Nose offers the next best thing. A "diagnostic perfume shop" founded by the most exciting talent in the world of niche fragrance today – from Romano Ricci (creator of the Juliette Has a Gun line and great grandson of Nina Ricci herself) to Mark Buxton (founder of the self-named niche fragrance house) – the website has a straightforward questionnaire, which gathers your favorite notes, the fragrances you have worn in the past five years and your general tastes. It then matches you to the scents that best suit your preferences (nose.fr). You can also answer with your other half, so your fragrances can be selected to complement one another. A true love match.
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