I have to confess to feeling a bit of a fool that this little trick has somehow passed me entirely by in the time I’ve been a beauty writer. I stopped by at Liberty on Friday afternoon to have a look at products in situ – so much better than individually lying around on my desk – and found my way to the Laura Mercier counter. I got chatting with the make up artist – Martin Carter – and we were just kind of musing about the perfect smoky eye when he offered to put Laura Mercier Cake Eye Liner in Black Ebony on for me. I never, ever say yes to these counter applications. But, this time I did. As someone who adores kohl but finds it pools very unattractively in the eye corners, its been my ultimate beauty dilemma – FOR YEARS. He used a flat brush, wet the cake liner to roughly a shoe polish consistency and carefully lined the inner rims of my eyes, above and below. It did not budge, pool, smudge or drift one iota for the entire evening – why? Because there is absolutely no oil or wax in it. It sets on the inner rims with no annoying eye gunk interacting with oils to make it shift and disappear, it is just absolutely foolproof. I can see it might take a little practice to get the application right without half blinding myself…but because I was shown how to do it, I feel its something I can master. It’s quite literally my best beauty discovery ever; just can’t work out how I didn’t know about it before. Apparantly, its a well known make up artist trick and is almost always used on the upper inner rims in mascara shoots and it’s what makes the lashes in ads look so intense from the very roots.

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