Stockholm's best makeup and cosmetic stores
Updated 13 Jan 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
Would you like to learn some new makeup brush skills, find out what the latest trends in cosmetics are, learn to do a great party face or fill your makeup bag with new products? There are several fab stores in Stockholm selling makeup, well as offering courses, doing your makeup for you or offering guidance while you apply your own makeup. Many places also make perfect stop-offs during a hen's night or wedding day - or why not give someone a makeup experience as a birthday present? We've rounded up the best shops and salons in Stockholm that sell makeup and/or offer makeup courses.
Make Up Store3 addresses
General and niche courses
The cosmetics brand Make Up Store has their own stores at three addresses in the city centre. Apart from buying makeup and brushes and tools from their own brand, you can also get advice and book makeup courses here. Everything from group classes to private tutorials can be arranged, and there are also classes for those who want to focus in on, for example, eyebrows, contouring, eyeliner or smoky eyes.
Make Up Store Norrlandsgatan
Make Up Store Drottninggatan
NK BeautyHamngatan 18-20 (NK, Entréplan), Norrmalm/City
In what might just be Stockholm's most glamorous department store you can get both treatments and makeup consultations. NK Beauty Lounge offers nail care, lash and brow dyeing, eyelash extensions and blow-outs in pleasant surroundings. Makeup consultations take an hour and are carried out at the beauty counters on the ground floor where NK's professional makeup artists can help you find the right products and apply everything from inspiring everyday looks to attention-grabbing party makeup.
Cow ParfymeriMäster Samuelsgatan 9, Norrmalm/City
Professional makeup artists
At Cow Parfymeri on Mäster Samuelsgatan top-quality products come first. Since they opened in 1999 Christian and Wenche Hughes have hunted down the world's best makeup products to sell in the boutique. The staff consists of experienced makeup artists who can help in finding the perfect products for each individual customer and advise them on the best ways to use them.
MAC CosmeticsBiblioteksgatan 7, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Spacious flagship store
In MAC's flagship store, as well as buying makeup from the brand on the shop's large upper floor, you can also go take courses and classes on the ground floor. You can also get a free makeup consultation in the boutique depending on availability, or take part in one their courses which cover everything from eyelash application to how to highlight your best facial features.
French beauty giant
French Sephora has taken the world by storm. The brand's founder, Dominique Mandonnaud, revolutionised beauty boutiques in the Sixties when he brought products out of the cupboards and gave customers the chance to move freely around the boutique testing, feeling, smelling and exploring. You can still do that in Sephora's stores, and in their branch on Biblioteksgatan the staff can also tailormake makeup and beauty consultations according to customer's individual needs.
Sephora Nacka Forum
Face Stockholm3 addresses
Face Stockholm was founded in 1992 when Gun Nowak opened her first shop, and today the brand can be found in over 100 outlets all over the world. In Stockholm you'll find several light and airy stores with charming vintage details which contrast with the colourful makeup in minimilistic packaging. Naturally you can get advice from the experienced staff, but if you want to really develop your makeup techniques you can also go on one of their comprehensive weekend courses.
Face Stockholm Götgatan
Face Stockholm Biblioteksgatan
Kicks is a beauty chain with stores all over Scandinavia and a wide selection of products. You'll find everything from high-end products to more budget-friendly choices for hair, face, body and nails. The staff are knowledgeable, so don't be afraid to ask if you're not sure what you need. Several of the shops have eyelash, nail and makeup technicians on site.
Kicks Ringen Centrum
LykoRegeringsgatan 48, Norrmalm/City
In need of a quick freshen up? At the beauty boutique Lyko inside the MOOD Stockholm shopping centre you'll find a Beauty Express Bar where you can get a speedy makeup fix or your hair dry-styled with tongs and styling products. Perfect if you happen to be having a bad hair day or get a sudden urge to do something fun after work!
Stockholm StylisternaKungstensgatan 26, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Stockholm Stylisterna on Kungstensgatan offers everything from photo sessions to hairdressing, makeovers and makeup. In the latter category you can choose between everyday or evening makeup, or makeup for brides, bridesmaids and much more. Or perhaps you need a makeup artist for a costume party or children's party?
Åhléns CityKlarabergsgatan 50, Norrmalm/City
Masses of brands
Do you want to go to a store where all the brands you can think of can be found under the same roof? Åhléns City prides itself on offering a huge variety of beauty counters where both skin therapists and makeup artists can give you advice and tips on products and makeup consultations.