If department store shopping isn't your thing, Cos Bar is Highland Park's intimate answer to luxury beauty in the 'burbs.

The Aspen-based boutique carries a high-end selection of skincare and cosmetics by hard-to-find brands like La Prairie, Natura Bisse and Claudio Riaz (his makeup brushes are to die for).

On Thursday, the beauty emporium will hold its official grand opening celebration with a party from 4 to 7 p.m. Come for the freebies (guests will leave with a goody bag full of samples); stay for the makeup demonstrations, music, hors d'oeuvres and libations.

To score a free makeover during the event, call Cos Bar at 847-432-6249 to make a reservation.

Cos Bar, 622 Central Ave.; Highland Park, cosbar.com.