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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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Smashing Lips

Lucille Ball painting lipsHollywood star Lucille Ball (above) was mad about make-up, and I’m quite sure that had it been around in the 1940s, Smashbox, the Los Angeles cosmetics brand, would have provided her with many favourite products. Being a fan of a bright, strong lip, she would have loved the latest additions to its impressive range of make-up which has been created for a photo-perfect look.

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners (£15 each) are ideal for creating perfect, movie star lips since they allow you to subtly even out the shape of the pout. Available in 12 shades, including four nudes, they have a cap which houses a tiny built-in sharpener so they sharpen themselves every time you twist off the Lip_Lacquer_AfterDarkcap. No need for footery pencil sharpeners..

For glossy, Lucille-like, lips Smashbox’s Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquers (£19 each) are ideal. Similar to, but less pricey than, YSL’s lip lacquers, they are ideal if you’re not a fan of lip gloss but want high shine and lasting colour which stains the lips while not drying them out. There are 20 beautiful shades; so far, Coral and After Dark (right) have got my vote….

* Available from www.smashbox.co.uk and www.boots.com and from Boots stores nationwide.


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