Beauty and the ’Burgh: 7 Spots to Go to Get Glam
No longer restricted to bigger cities, some of the latest cosmetic innovations and trends — think blowouts, microblading and lash extensions, just to name a few — are taking place in Pittsburgh’s evolving beauty scene.
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The Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium
Lawrenceville: 5104 Butler St.
(Since this article published, Elizabeth Quesnelle has closed her brick-and-mortar boutique. While she searches for a new location, The Gilded Girl continues to set up pop-up shops at different events. The online store is still operational)
A licensed aesthetician by trade, Chicago transplant Elizabeth Quesnelle opened The Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium in Lawrenceville in 2015 after noticing a dearth of independent luxury beauty shops in the area.
“There was no place to get really interesting products, and there are so many innovations on the market,” Quesnelle says. “I thought Pittsburghers were certainly savvy enough to be interested in those brands.”
Setting itself apart from large chain makeup stores, The Gilded Girl specializes in cult-favorite and luxury indie makeup and skincare lines typically not found in western Pennsylvania. Quesnelle also always is happy to dole out advice to her customers.
“My goal is never to sell,” she says. “I see myself as educating people. I talk to them about what’s going on with their skin, and I will make recommendations for things I don’t carry if I think it’s truly going to help them.”
Quesnelle hosts a variety of makeup workshops, among them retro makeup classes and smoky eye tutorials, and she’s not stopping there. She currently is at work developing her own skincare and makeup line.