Customizing Your Cosmetics

Customization is big business. At a time when can you customize everything from your handbag to your shoes, it’s amazing that it’s taken us so long to think about paying the same care and attention to what we put on our skin. With the help of modern technology you can now forget about spending hours sourcing the right shade of foundation or debating which scent of perfume is right for you. With these four products you can finally get the perfect beauty result tailored just for you.

Bite Beauty Lip Lab

Ever wanted to create your own personalized shade of lipstick? Well, now you can. The Bite Beauty Lip Lab originally opened as a pop-up shop but now has permanent stores in in New York, San Francisco, San Jose and Toronto. When you arrive you’ll be greeted by a Lip Lab Artist who will help you mix your own lipstick based on color preference, desired finish and skin tone. You can try on, tweak — and reapply and re-tweak — as many times as it takes to find your perfect hue.

Ex Nihilo Personalized Luxury Fragrances

The Ex Nihilo flagship store in Paris and their boutique in Harrods offers a fully personalized shopping experience, allowing you to create one-of-a-kind customized fragrances by choosing from a spectrum of eight core base scents, and then adding extra ingredients such as orange blossom, rose or sandalwood. The specially trained in-store experts offer advice and then concoct your perfume in front of you using an innovative dosing-system machine called the ‘Cosmologue’. The bespoke scents also come packaged in a bottle of your choosing.  

Lancôme Le Teint Particulier Custom Made Makeup


Available at select Nordstrom stores, Le Teint Particulier is Lancôme’s first bespoke makeup experience offering women their very own custom blended foundation. The one-on-one consultation begins as a Lancôme Beauty Advisor scans your facial skin tone. The data is processed through a new, state-of-the-art algorithm that measures skin tone with pinpoint accuracy. From there, the formula is blended right at the counter and your shade number is printed on the bottle for easy reference upon refill for the perfect, personalized foundation.

Bare Minerals Foundation

Finding a flattering foundation can be a frustrating task, but thankfully more and more cosmetics companies are extending their product categories and shade ranges to cater to even more skin tones, and Bare Minerals is one of them. The brand has expanded its Original and Matte Foundations with 12 new shades, bringing the entire range to include 30 hues total. The new colors come in various light to dark shades with cool and warm undertones. Plus, you can use their online shade finder to determine which foundation type and shade is a perfect match for you.

About the Author

Having started her career in New Zealand as a fashion and beauty assistant, she then moved on to edit the online beauty magazine, BeautyBible. Since then she has created her own blog, The Refined Edit. Now based in the United Kingdom she has contributed to countless print and online publications including Style.com/Arabia. Follow her musing on Twitter and Instagram @gracieastewart.