Our Story So Far


Designers and makers of skincare and makeup for over 40 years, Cosmetics à la Carte celebrates natural, individual beauty with gentle products that look natural, feel invisible and support happy skin.

Cosmetics à la Carte was founded in 1973 by colleagues, cosmetic scientists and friends Christina Stewart and Lynne Sanders. They wanted the freedom to create the skincare and makeup they themselves wanted to use.

Frustrated with the limited beauty choices available to women in the department stores of the time, their vision was to give their customers a chance to trial colours and looks in a relaxed environment with dedicated experts before buying. Then, and now, it was all about the personal touch!

They opened a boutique in Belgravia and pioneered original product concepts such as natural-look foundations and brightly pigmented eye shadows, custom-blended foundation and truly bespoke formulations. 

Now based at 192 Pavilion Road in London's Chelsea, these pioneers of personalisation continue to offer their own British-made products, tailored makeup masterclasses and a legendary bespoke blending service loved by A-Listers and professional make-up artists alike.

Lynne says: "It is my passion for make-up to look invisible, to let natural beauty shine through and help us feel happy in our own skin. 

I believe make-up and skincare can and should be equally gentle and effective, to keep skin in its natural balance. 

I dream about new concepts, colours and their ideal formulations. Empowering women to look and feel their best is a joy for me."