Bite Beauty

Toronto Life - - Beauty -

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.

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