The Very Best Beauty Stores Abroad
You may want to live in a few of these places.
Food tourism is all the rage these days, but beauty lovers can also experience a taste of culture while traveling with an activity just as enriching — shopping. All it takes is a stop in some of the best beauty spots abroad to load up on products just as fabulous as the shops themselves. From historic department stores to tucked-away concept shops, these five stores are nestled into some of the most-visited cities in Europe, favored by young travelers who know how to spot a good beauty buy in any part of the globe.
Oscar Wilde once said that "Liberty is the chosen resort of the artistic shopper," and the Tudor-style building on Regent Street still holds this appeal. Wandering through the maze of floors feels like you've stumbled into an old manor home that's eclectic, yet cozy, with some rooms even featuring fireplaces. Just imagine hundreds of the most cherished beauty brands lining the shelves of the historic department store, including exclusive like Une Nuit a Bali, Bamford and Windle & Moodie.
Nestled between the designer storefronts lining the famous Rue Saint-Honoré lies fashion world-favorite Colette. While it sports designer tags (and prices) similar to its neighbors, the must-visit-on-a-trip-to-Paris concept shop brings more edge to its collection (think Opening Ceremony or Miami's The Webster). Head upstairs past the rows of mannequins sporting the latest looks and you'll find the tucked-away beauty room, with everything from 3,000€ hair accessories (!) to perfumes and products by Le Labo, Byredo, Balmain and Diptyque. Make sure to bring your sugar daddy.
The luxe NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) has been sitting in Hamngatan, Stockholm since 1915, spanning six floors with both Swedish and international brands — the city's version of Saks or Neiman Marcus. While you could get lost for hours here trying on Acne jeans or scouring the Scandinavian interior design section, it might be hard to make it upstairs from the beauty department on the lower level. Not only can you shop high-end cosmetics and perfume, you can also work in a treatment at the beauty lounge, which features a nail bar run by Frida Selkirk, who works with models during fashion week; a brow bar; and a hair bar, with a private salon by Corinne Henriksson, the founder of Corinne & Friends.
The three-floor Claudio Coello Isolée in the Salamanca district (AKA the shopping mecca of Madrid) is home to one of the largest spaces in the city dedicated exclusively to perfume and cosmetics, including perfumers Diana Vreeland, Eve Lom and The Different Company. While you're stocking up on these standout beauty finds, you can also make a detour to the delicatessen for gourmet goodies, stop in the Philippe Starck-designed Taschen bookshop or sip Champagne at the Moët & Chandon lounge.
Milan: 10 Corso Como
It's easy to walk past 10 Corso Como. The multi-level concept shop is hidden behind a lush courtyard off of Corso Como in one of the world's style capitals — Milan. Strolling through the rooms of the one-time garage, you have everything you need for a stay in Milan: a gallery, café, three-room hotel and the boutique itself — a colorful blend of clothing displays, art installations and textures, looking as much as an art showroom as a designer-clad clothing shop. Perusing the beauty room is just as enriching, with a collection of curated cosmetics and fragrances by the likes of Serge Lutens, Alaïa, and Perris Monte Carlo, as well as its own brand of perfumes sporting the design-savvy 10 Corso Como logo.