As social swans and bright young things begin to prepare for this year’s Met Gala, they’re considering how to play up the exhibition’s “Manus x Machina” theme, which explores technology’s role in fashion. In the world of beauty, too, high-tech innovations have pushed boundaries, sparking a wave of tailor-made products that take customization to new heights—from a targeted skin serum to bespoke shampoo. Here, seven ways to personalize your look from head to toe.
Target Your Skin Type
On May 1, Kiehl’s East Village flagship will launch Apothecary Preparations, a custom-blended skin-care service that goes back to the company’s roots. A private consultation, in which your skin’s moisture and oil levels are read, will help you choose two targeted complexes, addressing wrinkles, texture, redness, pore size, or brightness. Once you return home with a bottle of squalane-rich serum—its label stamped with your name and unique skin-care prescription—you become the chemist, mixing the lab-fresh samples together to create a powerful yet personal treatment.
Kiehl’s Apothecary Preparations, $95, for information: kiehls.com
Design an Original Shampoo
Function of Beauty delivers personalized shampoo and conditioner determined by an online algorithmic quiz. Define your hair type and treatment needs—moisturizing, lengthening, anti-frizz—and a team of in-house chemists will formulate your ideal mixture, then ship it off in a pair of clear bottles, stamped with your name.
Function of Beauty Shampoo and Conditioner Personalized Set, from $26, functionofbeauty.com
Try DIY Lipstick
Bite Beauty’s Prince Street store is home to the brand’s Lip Lab, where handcrafted “artisanal” lipsticks are born. It takes just 20 minutes to sit down with a Lip Lab Artist, who will design a cream, matte, or sheer shade of your choosing, then add a little shimmer or flavor—violet, superfruit—as desired.
Bite Beauty Lip Lab Lipstick, from $45, bitebeauty.com
Color-Match Your Nail Polish
From a small studio in London, Palette’s artists mix bespoke nail paints, matched to a swatch of silk, a teacup rose, or any other color reference you can imagine—including the full Pantone wheel—in three distinct finishes: gloss, matte, or pearl.
Palette London Bespoke Nail Paint, $71, palettelondon.com
Devise Your Own Blush
For dreamy cheek tints and glosses, head to Rouge New York’s uptown makeup salon, where experts at the Bespoke Beauty Bar will melt shea butter and pigmented powders to craft custom cosmetics in 10 minutes or less. Made-to-order nail polishes and cream and liquid lipsticks are on tap, too.
Rouge New York Bespoke Beauty Bar, $125, for information: rougeny.com
Bathe in Bespoke Body Milk
At Buly 1803, the cult Parisian apothecary on Rue Bonaparte, ultra-luxe handcrafted creams and body milks come in porcelain keepsake bottles, their boxes hand-printed with your name and the date. Choose a unique scent, from English honey to Mexican tuberose, and make it your own.
Buly 1803 Lait Virginal, $45, buly1803.com
Craft a Singular Scent
In February, Brooklyn perfumer Joya opened a new studio in Clinton Hill, where bespoke fragrance appointments are done one-on-one. Visitors can help bottle sparkling Mandarin, camellia or foxglove flowers, or vanilla bean in slip-cast porcelain bottles or palm-sized roll-ons to craft a true signature scent.
Joya Studio Bespoke Fragrance, price upon request, for information: joyastudio.com
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