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Testers, makeovers and brows are back! Here’s what beauty at Boots looks like right now

23 September 2020
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“During lockdown, so many of our customers told us how much they missed the experience of browsing, testing and shopping beauty at Boots”, says Joanna Rogers, Trading Director and VP of Beauty at Boots.

“We’ve worked meticulously over the past few months to re-introduce the right measures at the right time so everyone can get back to the fun and excitement of discovering new products and finding new brands, while feeling completely safe and reassured.”

Recently named as the safest place to shop on the high street*, here’s everything you need to know about how we’re updating the safety measures in our Beauty Halls across the UK…


Shoppers will once again be able to test premium makeup on themselves, with disposable applicators dispensed by a beauty advisor or consultant.

For customers eager to find the perfect scent for them - perfume testers are back, with strict hygiene and hand-washing measures overseen by the Boots team.

Makeovers and brows

Those wanting to learn more about masked beauty, can book in with selected premium brands including Clinique, Dior, Urban Decay and IT Cosmetics who will be offering touch makeup services. Slots can be pre-booked in-store and consultants will follow updated safety plans, which include strict PPE guidelines and tool sanitisation. Customers will be required to wear their mask throughout their appointment, in line with safety measures and government guidance.

Boots customers can shop all their favourite beauty brands in confidence. The No7 Match Made service resumes for walk-in shoppers seeking expert colour advice and recommendations. The No7 Match Made technology finds customers perfect colours, shades and finishes for base, blush, bronzer and lips.

Brow services at Benefit including waxing and tinting have also re-started in selected stores, and Boots Beauty Specialists will continue to offer brand-neutral advice and guidance through touch-free consultations.

Make-up Exchange Promise

The Boots Make-Up Exchange Promise - a commitment to exchange makeup that turns out to be the wrong shade - will remain in effect. This will help customers confidently shop in the beauty aisles where they pick out their own products, as testers will remain unavailable for the time being.

Customers can also shop their favourite beauty products on and collect them from their local store the very next day through the Order & Collect service.



*Data according to Kantar. 3w/e to 17-May


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023