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E-tailers have taken most of the legwork out of tracking down cult makeup brands from around the world. But for beauty aficionados willing to jet overseas in search of the perfect lip tint or foundation, here are four cosmetic stores worth travelling for.


Formerly creative director of Nars, makeup artist Ayako created her own line, Addiction (first from left), which uses richly textured and carefully crafted formulas to create bold, sophisticated products, such as its bestselling Glow powder foundation and nail polish. Her celebrity following includes Alicia Keys and Scarlett Johansson.


This Italian beauty powerhouse sells close to 1,200 items, including mascara and its bestseller, the PH Lip Enhancer (second from left). The brand started in 1997 and later opened stores in countries across Europe. It has also expanded to the USA. Mimicking the high-street concept, it frequently updates its selection while keeping prices affordable.


Known as the southern wonderland of beauty potions, Mecca Cosmetica stocks over 100 luxe brands, ranging from its eponymous line – which includes its bestselling tinted moisturiser (second from right) – to rare finds such as Ellis Faas. Makeup and fragrance specialists are present at every store to share their expertise.


When two high-flyers open a store stocking items by indie brands, like Daniel Sandler’s fluid blusher (left), and perfumes sourced on their travels, it’s bound to be good. Beauty Mart (first from right) is the brainchild of Anna-Marie Solowij, formerly from UK Vogue, and makeup artist Millie Kendall. They eschew big names in favour of cult classics they believe are worth buying.


This article was first published in Singapore Airlines’ travel magazine, SilverKris. Go to for more travel stories.

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