Montreal is a city that has long been known for its amazing sense of style, in all facets of life including fashion, architecture and interior decoration. Montreal is also known for something else though-its ridiculous amount of beautiful women of all shades, heights and sizes. It can be no surprise then that a city full of ladies armed with beauty secrets is home to several local cosmetics companies. Here is a list of homegrown makeup and cosmetics brands whose products are worth trying.Kode CosmeticsWomen with darker skin tones have long complained about the difficulty of finding affordable makeup at drugstores and big-box retailers. These women quickly learn to head straight to the higher end makeup counters and pay higher prices if they want to have the flawless look they are looking for. Launched in 2015 in Montreal, Kode Cosmetics aims to provide high quality cosmetics to women of all skin tones. They promise to deliver bold, edgy, and rich colors at a price that will make any woman’s budget happy. Kode Cosmetics can be purchased through their website.Zorah biocosmГ©tiquesArgan oil has known a huge popularity around the world in the last few years. Also known as Moroccan oil, it provides many benefits for the body and hair. Long before this cosmetic oil became trendy, however, Montreal company Zorah biocosmetiques chose to base its entire makeup and cosmetics line on golden liquid.All of Zorah’s creams, lotions, and makeup are developed ecologically, with fair trade and organic ingredients being their top concern. This Montreal-based cosmetics company has been winning awards since it started in 2003. Zorah cosmetics can be purchased through their website as well at local retailers across Canada.Shmink CosmeticsHeadquartered on Decarie Blvd in Montreal, Shmink Cosmetics was started by an experienced makeup artist who knew he had the knowledge to create a makeup line that really suited the needs of his clientele.There are over 30 different product lines offered by this local company. Of special interest, women can benefit from professional training through Shmink Academy, where they learn to apply their own makeup like pros. Students receive many advantages such as free makeup applications and eyebrow shapings. Shmink makeup can be purchased on their website and at their counter on Decarie Blvd. Dot and LilPeople are more and more mindful about what they choose to eat, and there’s an equally large movement concerning what they put on their bodies. Montreal cosmetics company Dot and Lil caters to a clientele that craves natural goodness to keep their skin nourished and soft.Their handmade skin care products include bar soaps, body butters, bath milks, lip gloss and perfume oils. In addition to cosmetics, Dot and Lil also offer a range of handcrafted soy candles, 100% cotton towels, and vintage porcelain dishware. Their products can be purchased on their website and at local retailers throughout Canada and the USA.I hope this article helped you discover local Montreal beauty brands you’ve never heard of before, and that you were inspired to go out and give them a try. You’ll be happy you did!