The Best Makeup, Cosmetics, Fragrances + More

The Best Makeup, Cosmetics, Fragrances + More


Stock up on our favorite local beauty products and paint your visage to gorgeous perfection in 2016. 

(Courtesy of Credo Beauty)

Clean Beauty Swap @ Credo Beauty

Do you know where your go-to makeups are made and just exactly what ingredients go in them? If not, then there's no telling what kind of toxic junk you're putting on your face. Get thee to Fillmore Street's Credo Beauty, where a gorgeous array of all natural and organic cosmetics is ready to replace the yucky stuff under your bathroom sink. Credo's team is knowledgeable about all your beloved brands, and is ready to help you swap your entire regimen for eco-friendly alternatives. Say hello to something truly fresh this summer. —Anthony Rogers  //  Clean Beauty Swap (free) at Credo Beauty, 2136 Fillmore St. (Pac Heights),

Desert Island Duet Foundation @ Marie Veronique Advanced

How many times have we wished for perfecting cosmetics that are good for us too? Enter Berkeley-based Marie Veronique, a line of products that finally achieves the balance. For skin subjected to heavy makeup and product use, we recommend the Desert Island Duet. Packed with anti-inflammatories and potent antioxidants, the duo provides powerful protection during the day and moisturizes and repairs at night.  //  Desert Island Duet ($118) at Marie Veronique, 1820 Solano Ave. (Berkeley),

Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip @ Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty relies on the power of vitamin-dense botanicals and an eco-chic philosophy in its highly acclaimed line of cosmetics, skin, and hair care products, all bursting with antioxidants and essential oils. We love the Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip, formulated with the highest concentration of plant-derived pigments and fruit stem cell serum, which makes our mouths über-kissable in one colorful swipe.  //  Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip ($24) at Juice Beauty, 709 5th Ave. (San Rafael),


Fragrance Consultation @ Tigerlily Perfumery

When you first step into Tigerlily's Valencia Street storefront, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of bottles lining the walls. When seeking your signature scent, however, owner Antonia Kohl will guide you along the packed shelves of her shop until you're certain you've found a sweet new smell. For summer, we like En Voyage Perfumes' surprisingly fruity Frida ($90), which will transport you straight to Mexico City. —A.R.  //  Fragrance Consultation (free) at Tigerlily Perfumery, 977 Valencia St. (Mission),

Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion @ BareMinerals

BareMinerals’ lightweight cosmetics contain vitamin-rich minerals that actually improve your complexion, not just cover it up. The formula’s built-in broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection means we don’t need to layer on greasy, pore-clogging sunscreen. For that youthful glow you crave, the new mineral-packed Skinlongevity serum is a must-have for a radiant and age-defying visage.  //  Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion ($48) at bareMinerals, multiple locations;

Street Sticks lipsticks @ Elizabeth Street Cosmetics

Elizabeth Street Cosmetics represents San Francisco's colorful neighborhoods with a bright line of collectible lipsticks named after the Haight, Castro, Dolores Park and more. Catch ESC at local pop-up shops such as Rare Device where founder Kelly Crispen herself will let you test drive your new signature shade. — A.R.  //  Street Stick ($24) at Elizabeth Street Cosmetics,

Plasma Fusion Full Pigment Lipstick @ Skinn Cosmetics

A lipstick that's equal parts Chapstick and color? It sounds too good to be true, but that's indeed what Skinn Cosmetics has achieved. The outer layer is filled with rich pigment (in four different colors) that goes on smooth and even, while the inner core is infused with argan oil and rosehip oil to sooth and nourish lips. It's the best of both worlds. — Sarah Medina  //  Plasma Fusion Full Pigment Lipstick ($20) at Skinn Cosmetics,

French Lavender Body Oil @ EO Products

After 21 years in business, San Rafael–based EO recently expanded upon its signature line of lavender-infused products with new cleansers, exfoliants, and face oils enhanced with sea algae and mango seed butter for max hydration and collagen boost. We’ve long shopped the line at Whole Foods, but we’re also digging the experience at the brand’s stylish storefront in The Market on Market (inside Twitter HQ), opened last year. — Kristen Philipkoski  // French Lavender Body Oil ($15) at EO, 1355 Market St. (Mid-Market)  

Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette @ The Balm

Possibly the friendliest store in the Valencia Corrdiro, The Balm's makeup mavens demonstrate all the techniques we've been hoping to master, from a cat eye to a red lip. Your session will be taped, and the video emailed to you free of charge. While you're there, pick up a few paraben- and cruelty-free products in cheeky, girl-power packaging: We love the new Nude Dude Volume 2 eyeshadow palette. — K.P.  // Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette ($36) at The Balm, 788 Valencia St. (Mission),

Try-On Lash Bar @ MAC

The MAC Pro flagship store on Powell Street is a fantasyland for beauty buffs. In addition to the brand's standard fare, the store is teeming with all the MAC Pro tools we need to tackle even the most theatrical makeup looks. Add to that a try-on lash station, private makeover rooms, and 45-in store makeup artists, and we're dizzy with all the gorgeous possibilities.  //  Try-On Lash Bar (free) at Mac Pro, 45 Powell St. (Union Square),

They're Real! Tinted Primer @ Benefit Cosmetics

To achieve the kind of eyelashes that other girls swoon over, first start with Benefit's They're Real! Tinted Primer to dramatically boost length and separate hairs for va-va-voom lashes that will make your eyes sparkle. Now all you have to do is perfect your flirty wink. — S.M.  //  They're Real Tinted Primer ($24) at Benefit Cosmetics, 262 Sutter St. (Union Square),

Volition Beauty

Think of Volition Beauty as the Kickstarter for pretty creams and potions. Both a skincare brand and an online platform for the democratic creation of new products, Volition brings the ideas of labs, chemists, formulators, and artisans to a vote by a community of beauty enthusiasts. Users can read the creators' profiles; vote for the products they want to see manufactured; and, if the product is accepted into Volition's collection and manufactured, voters receive a hefty discount. —Anna Volpicelli  //  Volition Beauty, 

Our 2016 guide to the best of Bay Area skincare has all you need to put your best face forward.

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