Taking a trip to Sephora or a jaunt down a drugstore beauty aisle can elicit a major case of the feels. There’s nothing quite like traipsing around a massive beauty store to make us feel alive, swatching lipsticks and sampling fragrances as we go. That said, after strolling through one too many Ultas and walking the aisles of CVS 10 times in two weeks, we came to the realization that we may be limiting ourselves. In other words, the mainstay joints many of us have long been loyal to are only a small slice of the beauté market. Sure, Sephora may be our long-term bae, but we think it’s our duty to find out what we’ve been missing.
With this goal in mind, we turned to some of the industry’s top experts to get the scoop on where they stock up on their must-haves. And, well, let’s just say that their fabulous feedback had us itching to ditch our day jobs for a few days to shop 'til we drop. If you’re reading this, we’ll assume that we’re not alone. Click through to find a far-from-basic guide to beauty shopping from the artists who live and breathe makeup, featuring niche boutiques, nifty art shops, holistic havens, and even a few epic online outlets. Happy shopping, darlings.