What are the best makeup stores in San Francisco?

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Katie Sweeney

Big name makeup brands like Mac, Nars, and Khiel's all have stand alone stores in San Francisco. There are also two locations of Sephora — one downtown directly in front of the start to the cable car line at Market and Powell Streets and another in Cow Hollow on Union Street.

If you're looking for locally made lipstick or lipgloss, check out Elizabeth Street Cosmetics. This boutique collection of lip products are named after the streets of San Francisco and were hand crafted by Kelly Crispen, a makeup stylist with over fourteen years of experience. All of her products are free of parabens and infused with antioxidants and hints of vanilla. My personal favorite is the Indiana lipgloss; it's a brilliant berry hue that saturates the lips in vibrant color.

Although it's a nationally known brand, Benefit Cosmetics was founded in San Francisco over thirty years ago. They produce everything from powders to shadows to signature products like the Benetint cheek stain and package everything in inspired designs with irreverent names. There are three stand alone Benefit boutiques throughout the city.

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