678 Queen St. W. | 416-860-5652
At Queen West’s lip lab, persnickety makeup diehards can custom-blend their own unique lip colours on the spot. First, you choose from nearly 200 pigments, made from ingredients so natural—shea butter, beeswax, natural oils—that they’re actually edible. The lab artists mix the colours like Renaissance painters, adding a tinge of mauve here, a dash of coral there. Then, you select finishes that range from glossy sheer to matte creme, and top it off with a scent like coconut, wild berry or mint. The technicians cook the new blend, whip it in a centrifuge and set it for 10 minutes on a cold plate until it hardens. Watching the whole Willy Wonka process is almost as much fun as walking out with your own bespoke shade. $55.