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The Best Block for Glamming It Up: Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights

Fillmore between Sacramento and Pine is the place to go for a makeover—or makeunder.


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If you have a makeup obsession, but that place with all the crowds and primping stations that never seem to have any makeup remover (you know, rhymes with Gomorrah) gives you a panic attack, head to this serene stretch of Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights for a leisurely stroll through an impressive cluster of brands and one fantastic spa.

1. Space NK Apothecary
2000 Fillmore St., 415-923-9044
This London transplant carries a wealth of high-end beauty, skincare, and hair products such as Becca, Laura Mercier, and Hourglass.

2. MAC
2011 Fillmore St., 415-885-2966
Beloved by drag queens and other people who prefer not to fade into the background, this brand is famous for its shockingly pigmented offerings, from neon lip shades to eye shadow hues cribbed from tropical birds.

3. Nars
2050 Fillmore St., 415-757-2485
This popular line is noted for its subtle and feminine shades (even if they have saucy names, like the Orgasm blush), creamy lipsticks, and sumptuous brushes.

4. Credo
2136 Fillmore St., 415-885-1800
Eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and organic cosmetics fill this flagship store of the San Francisco–based business. Inside you’ll find brands like Tata Harper, Ursa Major, and Cocovit.

5. Benefit
2117 Fillmore St., 415-567-0242
A local success story (it opened in 1976 in the Mission and is now an international brand), it’s known for adorable packaging and a beloved cheek stain, Benetint. The store is also a brow and waxing bar.

6. Atelier Cologne
2105 Fillmore St., 415-829-8645
This French line specializes in bright, citrusy fragrances. Personalized scent consultations are complimentary and most cologne purchases come with a travel bottle wrapped in a leather case that you can have engraved.

7. International Orange
2044 Fillmore St., 2nd fl., 415-563-5000
If you’ve spent all day slathering yourself in makeup, it may be time for some rehab. Pop into this renowned spa for one of its signature rejuvenating facials.


Originally published in the July issue of San Francisco

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