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Liner Love

Sophia LorenEven if I didn’t know anything else about Sophia Loren, I would be able to tell from this photo that I have three style loves in common with her: pearls, leopard print and …. beautifully lined eyes. For years, I have been devoted to liquid eyeliners (with only a brief fling with gel ones) partly because I adore the retro looks that can be created, but also – and this was actually my original reason – because it was easier to achieve an eye line which stayed put and didn’t smudge if I used one of the liquid variety.

My first eyeliner pen was a L’Oréal one which no longer exists. Later, I was a serial buyer of a Clarins one but they changed the nib from a brush to a rigid felt tip pen effort and I found that it was too hard on my eyelid and tricky to use. In recent times, the only eyeliner I have truly loved has been Guerlain‘s which comes in an ink bottle with an elegant brush, in three colours (I love them all – navy, black and brown) and lasts an eternity.

Nevertheless, this summer, I have been persuaded to experiment once more with the pen variety of liner. Of the two new liners on the block, I am – contrary to my own expectations – totally sold on Estée Lauder Little Black Liner (£22, from August 31). Why did I not expect to be convinced by it? Because I saw the dreaded felt tip pen-style nib and because I wasn’t very taken with its sibling, the mascara base Little Black Primer which launched earlier this year. However, the thin end of this dual-ended, waterproof eyeliner provided an impressive and smooth line – and it was love at first brush stroke! (Though perhaps not as fine a line as I would always want.) The thicker end can be used for an even more dramatic effect. Having found that my beloved Guerlain bottle often gets damaged in transit, a pen is a good move for when you need to do your eye make-up away from home.

I’m less in love with Smashbox‘s new Photo Angle Pigment Gel Liner (£18), a pen with an angled tip which – as far as I can see – would only come into its own if you were going for a very thick and full eyeliner look. It comes in five colours – Jet Black, Cocoa, Smoke, Plum and Lilac – and, like the Little Black Liner, is waterproof.

*  Estée Lauder Little Black Liner is available exclusively at Boots from August 17.

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Jeepers Creepers, Where’d You Get Those Peepers – Guerlain!

Guerlain EyelinerI started a new bottle of my favourite liquid eyeliner recently – only to discover that I had had it too long, and the liquid had thickened and separated. No other eyeliner would do so, while I awaited the delivery of a new bottle, I just soldiered on with the old, thick stuff.

At that point it dawned on me that all my eye beauty needs are best served these days by Guerlain… The aforementioned Guerlain Eyeliner (£25; www.houseoffraser.co.uk) remains unsurpassed, in my opinion, for anyone who likes an easy, retro-style, line of ink swept along their upper lid. The super-fine brush can be used to paint on a subtle, thin line close to the lashes, or can be angled for a more dramatic effect. I love all three colours – the black is perfect for an evening look, while both the brown and blue are great for complementing your eye colour.

Like the Eyeliner, Guerlain’s premium eye cream, Orchidee Imperiale Eye & Lip Cream (£120), was recently reformulated to make best use of the latest scientific findings. A luxurious, rich cream, it harnesses Guerlain’s new “Gold Orchid Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Eye & Lip CreamTechnology” to encourage regeneration of the skin cells, firm the skin, deal with fine lines and boost the radiance and evenness of the complexion in the eye and lip areas.

For daytime, I love Guerlain Super Aqua-Eye Serum (£59). It’s been around for a while but is (along with Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Eye Gel) ideal if you like a light, very fluid cream which hydrates and plumps up the skin.

And, for morning-after emergencies (post tears, partying, lack of sleep etc), Guerlain Super Aqua-Eye Anti-Puffiness Smoothing Eye Patches (£73 for six sets) are essential beauty first aid items.


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