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Why settle for mass-produced products when you could have a set that's custom-crafted to your personal needs?

There has been a noticeable shift in the beauty industry whereby people are seeking for a more personalised experience in the last decade. Instead of following a universal makeup look (think Cara Delevingne’s power brows and Kylie Jenner’s over-lined lips), beauty lovers nowadays are leaning towards experimenting and celebrating individuality with products that not only meet their personal needs perfectly, but that also make them feel like what they’re using are exclusive and unique.   

It’s true, not everyone has the same style, skin colour, type, and concerns—and that’s why sometimes, off-the-shelf formulas just don’t cut it. Bespoke beauty has long been synonymous with luxury and rarity, but you’d mistaken to think it’s difficult to get beauty products tailored for you in Hong Kong. From personalising your skincare regime under the guidance of beauty experts, to experiencing the art of making your own lipsticks and hand sanitisers, we’ve compiled a list of high-end beauty boutiques and brands that are dedicated to offering you made-to-measure beauty solutions.

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MTM Skincare

A pioneer in bespoke beauty, MTM has been the go-to for discerning beauty lovers since 1991. "Custom-blended skincare" has always been at the heart of the brand, where customers can expect a passionate team of experts to deliver premium skincare products and beauty treatments tailored to your skin concerns.  
After completing a consultation and a detailed skin analysis conducted by certified professionals who trained by MTM’s research lab in Japan, they will formulate a range of customised beauty solutions just for you. From cleansers to healing toners, nourishing serums and eye creams, every product is one-of-a-kind to feed your skin the very best.

MTM Skincare, various locations around Hong Kong,

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Lip by Skin Retreat—Hong Kong’s first lap lab retail experience 

Finding just the right lipstick can be a difficult task—that’s where Skin Retreat’s Lip Lab came in. Known as a brand that built upon the philosophy of “finding happiness in beauty”, guests can enjoy a joyous lipstick-making experience set amongst the colourful, Insta-worthy surrounds of its beauty boutique.
Beauty experts will walk you through the steps to craft the lipstick of your dreams—from picking the shade from over 100 exclusive options to selecting lipstick finishes and scents, every guest will be involved in the design process from start to finish. Before bringing your lipstick home, don’t forget to indulge in the lavish hydrating lip treatment at the boutique, too!
In addition to bespoke lipstick workshops, the brand also offers a wide array of rejuvenating facial and body treatments for urbanites to enjoy some respite from city life. 

Skin Retreat, 19/F, Soundwill Plaza, 38 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2970 3399; 

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Parfumerie Trésor

Tucked away in one of the quiet corners of Sheung Wan, Parfumerie Trésor is home to an impressive global collection of artisanal and one-of-a-kind perfume brands that can’t be found elsewhere in Hong Kong.  
In these days of coronavirus where personal hygiene is of paramount importance, this charming beauty boutique has curated a perfume-scented hand sanitiser workshop for you to create a fragrant blend that not only guarantees protection against viruses, but that also keeps the skin soft and hydrated, allowing you to stay healthy in the most elegant way.  
The workshop takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, where guests will be transported into the world of niche perfumes and given the opportunity to learn how to choose the right perfume for themselves in the first session. What follows is the bespoke experience of selecting, mixing your favourite scent with alcohol and nourishing ingredients such as aloe vera and glycerin.

The workshop is priced at HK$200 per person, or a complimentary class with a friend is available with purchases of HK$1,500 or more on any exclusive brand products at the boutique. For enquiries and bookings, send them a direct message on Facebook or Instagram
Parfumerie Trésor, 18 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2711 5922;

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I Never Use Foundation (INUF) Breakfast Club

A mindful and eco-conscious lifestyle concept store nestled amidst the hustle of bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui, I Never Use Foundation (INUF) Breakfast Club is a green beauty boutique which specialises in plant-based and effective formulas designed for Asians living in humid climates.  
Step inside, you’ll be immediately greeted by floor-to-ceiling windows and a beautiful spread of products neatly organised on the white marble tables. At the end of the boutique is the Green Beauty Bar, where guests are invited to customise face or body scrubs based on their needs and preferences. All the ingredients provided by INUF are 100% natural and vegan, and you’re guaranteed to get formulas best suit your skin.

Oh, and did we mention that there's also a Skin Bar where you can indulge in body and facial treatments with skincare products cater to your skin concerns?

I Never Use Foundation (INUF) Breakfast Club, 21/F Penthouse, MW Plaza, 40 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3904 0390;

Frame Cosmetics

We have all said it, we may have even prayed for it. How often have we wished to achieve time-defying skin? Most of us are struggling to find the right anti-ageing skincare products to tackle the fine lines and wrinkles, and luckily, Frame Cosmetics can help.

Boasting years of expertise in the fields of wellness, science and research, the Milan-based skincare brand acknowledges and addresses the fact everyone’s skin is different and unique, and there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all skincare solution. And that’s why the brand strives to offer bespoke pro-ageing solutions to target each individual's specific needs, helping you to achieve youthful skin.

To get started, you are required to take an online survey—with questions related to lifestyle habits, skin type and problems. The expert team will send you a special device called D1 Bio-Impedance Skin Analyser for you to measure the conditions of moisture, oiliness and softness of your skin afterwards. A specialist will be assigned to you and analyse the collected data, and then select the right ingredients to craft your personalised kit.

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