Rouge, SalemPhilosophy: Rouge aims to be a destination where customers can learn how to bring out their beauty.
Standout Qualities: First there are the products: the most innovative, in-demand cosmetics, fragrances, makeup brushes, and skin and hair products. Then there’s the staff: highly trained consultants and makeup artists who can help you find the right items for your needs and teach you how to use them.
Insider Tip: Book a brow shaping or facial to upgrade your visit from errand to indulgence.
322 Derby St., Salem, 978-740-1044, rougesalem.comBoLea, ReadingPhilosophy: Inspired by family members’ struggles with autoimmune disease, owner Carol Leahy stocks her shop with non-toxic, organic, cruelty-free cosmetic and skincare products.
Standout Qualities: The shop is warm, with a sophisticated earthiness that makes shopping a relaxing experience. The knowledgeable staff is well-versed in all the products Bolea carries, so customers can learn about the products they’re buying.
Insider Tip: Want to learn how best to use the new cosmetics you’re buying? Ask about Bolea’s makeup lessons.
85 Haven St., Reading, 781-779-8025, facebook.com/BoLeaReading
INTERLOCKS Salon + Spa, NewburyportPhilosophy: The principles behind INTERLOCKS’ operation are simple: luxury products sold by knowledgeable staff with impeccable customer service.
Standout Qualities: At the acclaimed INTERLOCKS salon and spa, beauty products are sold in the 1,600-foot retail area known as the Apothecary. The goal is to provide the best beauty products from around the world; the result is a selection of makeup from brands like Nars, Glo Minerals, and Becca.
Fun Fact: Once you’ve stocked up your makeup bag, browse the selection of skincare products, candles, fragrances, and home décor.
58 Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-465-3010, interlockssalon.com