Queensmith Loves | Cosmetics à la Carte
As creators of bespoke beauties ourselves, we love finding other London-based bespoke services. And who knew there was a high street store for bespoke beauty? Introducing Cosmetics à la Carte.
A Glamorous Past
A stone’s throw from Sloane Square, Cosmetics à la Carte was set up by Lynne Sanders and Christina Stewart in the 1970s. The now-famed chemist, Lynne, recalls visitors from Elizabeth Taylor to Debbie Harry and Jerry Hall. Later came Princess Diana, who was partial to a Cosmetics à la Carte facial. One Sunday, Lynne received a phone call from the police. Grace Jones had demanded they track down the owner of the store and get her to open up immediately. Which, she did. Despite opening in 1973, the Knightsbridge store certainly has a contemporary feel thanks to a recent facelift. These days, stars such as Frida Pinto use Cosmetics a la Carte to blend the exact tone of foundation needed on screen, whilst Lady Gaga raves of their bubblegum gloss and blusher.
Nutrients & Botanicals for 'Smart Makeup'
So what do Cosmetics à la Carte offer? With an ethos to celebrate the natural and individual beauty of each person, the brand create makeup that is perfectly blended to any skin type, colour and taste. Above all, Costmetics à la Carte makeup is ‘always beautifully you.’ With a chemistry degree in the bag, Lynne keeps the science behind the makeup alive in their Battersea laboratory, using the latest and greatest science to produce makeup that not only looks good, but contain properties beneficial for anti-ageing and skincare. Each product is ‘created with passion, is packed with the best innovative active nutrients and powerful botanicals, and is a symbol of our commitment for living our best version of ourselves.’ Telegraph writer Emma Sinclair says of Cosmetics à la Carte, it is ‘smart makeup: bespoke, scientific and with stunning colour pigments.’ Packaging is simple, minimal and chic, with all the usual makeup you’d expect, plus expertly engineered brushes, and the best technology in skin care products. Book an appointment or lesson to learn more about makeup, application and how to treat your skin. Brides should check out their wedding day makeup artists too.
The Knightsbridge Cosmetics à la Carte store is open Monday 10am-6pm, Tuesday 10am-7pm, and Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm. Call the lab to discuss a bespoke makeup order, or discuss other services - open Monday to Friday 10am-6pm.
192 Pavilion Road, Sloane Square, London, SW3 2BF
0207 622 2318