I love the idea of liquid liner, I just wish I had my very own personal makeup-artist to apply it every time I wanted a little drama in my look. Typically, I end up feeling like I’m walking a tight rope and, many times, suspend all breathing as I attempt those impossibly even fine lines. I may as well be diffusing a bomb, I’m trying so hard not to shake. My latest beauty-buy may prove I cut the right wire.
Last weekend, I stopped by my local Le Metier counter and, to my great surprise and delight, happened upon the brand’s Director of Makeup, Mikey Castillo. He is a makeup epiphany: an adorable, bespectacled, mildly British-accented beauty professor. Next thing I know, I’m in the chair, having my look whipped into shape and learning, once again, how truly thoughtful this brand is. For example, not using tar (yikes!), polymers or fibres in their mascara that would flake off from your lashes and make a mess beneath your eye.
The truly revelatory moment came when I was introduced to the line’s Precision Liquid Eyeliner, produced in cooperation with Mont Blanc. Yes, that brand that produces things to write with. Using the same technology developed for pen cartridges, the release of the product along the lash line is fine, even and consistent, the holy grail among eyeliner searches. It’s not a brush; it’s like a soft, felt-tip … wand. No, “Whoops!” lines or irregular shorelines finding their way into your ramped-up day or pretty-party look.
By purely touching the wand across the lash line, a perfectly thin, black line appears that can be amped up with an additional pass or left more natural and subtly defined. You might be thinking that’s all well and good at the counter but I can attest to achieving the same look on my own. Other goodies I picked up that day include the Dualistic Eye Pencil in Tamarack (a beautiful copper) and Classic Flawless Finish Concealer. Ahh, resume breathing.