Beauty is only skin deep

Hey looks aren’t everything, but we girls do need our favorite mascara or moisturizer. And even if they won’t admit it, guys also buy specialty skincare products (or have their girlfriends do it for them). Sadly there aren’t any Sephora shops in Brussels (the closest I’ve found is in Lille), but there are a couple of cosmetic and beauty supply stores worth a visit – if you know where to look.

Cosmeticary is a lovely little shop near the Bourse that carries some top brands for skin and hair care, including Laura Mercier, Dermalogica, Dr. Hauschka, OPI and Agent Provocateur. The prices are a bit higher than they would be in the US or UK, but then a metro ticket downtown is cheaper than international shipping.  You can also check out their online store or their new shop in Antwerp.

11B, Rue A. Orts (Dansaert)
1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 346 89 62
Open Monday to Saturday, 10:30-6:30pm

Several years ago I discovered a wholesale store for professional hair and beauty products called Pro Duo. Near Meiser, this is a great place to get shampoos, hair color and other supplies that you can usually only find in salons. I bought a great hair straightener here and it came with a 3 year guarantee. They have over 30 stores across Belgium, but this is the only location in Brussels.  

Rue de Genève 512
1030 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 705 15 47
Open Monday-Friday, 9am-6:30pm, Saturday, 10am-5pm

Recently upgraded to a new location on Place Stéphanie, Senteurs d’Ailleurs has grown from a specialized fragrance shop to a full range cosmetic store. It offers high-end brands like Le Mer and Diptyque, but also popular, more affordable products from Kiehl’s and Molton Brown. The staff is knowledgeable (even if a bit snobby), and the new store is beautiful place to shop or just browse.

1A Place Stéphanie
1050 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 511 69 69
Open Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6:30pm 

Other useful address:
Mac Cosmetics 
9 Chaussée de Charleroi, 1060 Sint-Gilles (Place Stéphanie)
Tel: +32 2 538 17 30

Aveda hair products at Aveda Lifestyle Salon Amir
180 Chaussée de Charleroi, 1060 Sint-Gilles
Tel: +32 2 538 15 71

You can also find most major cosmetic brands at one of the many Ici Paris or Inno department stores in Brussels. Head to Di stores for drugstore brands.

P.S. On my last visit to Cosmeticary, I spotted that a Bobbi Brown store is opening soon next door!

Images via Cosmeticary, Pro Duo and Zone02.


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