I’ve sat behind the scenes at many a beauty shoot, absorbing the makeup artist’s tricks of the trades like one of those foundation sponges that soaks up all your base, leaving you with nothing to actually put on your face (moral of the story: use a foundation brush instead).
I’ve since perfected quite a few tricks of the trade myself. For instance: setting lashes in position post-mascara thanks to the genius that is a spoolie brush; or layering a powder blush over a cream cheek colour, for better intensity of hue and a longer-lasting effect; or, painting lipstick straight onto lips from the bullet (again, for an intense pigment pay-off) and only then going in with a brush to neaten things up.
But the one trick I always found near impossible to master was the one where you take a dark eye pencil or liquid liner and dot it between the lashes. The theory: by filling in the spaces between the hairs, you instantly give an eye a well defined, lush-lashed look, without it coming across heavily laden in eye makeup, as a regular etching of liner can appear. But I could never get my pencil into those tight spots. In the end, I simply appeared to have a smattering of dots and dashes all along my lashline. Not so pretty.
Clarins 3-Dot Liner, $38.
Launched a while back as a limited-edition product, it was such a cult hit that the company has brought it back for good.
Here’s why it’s that great … As you can see above, it’s a slimline felt pen with a nib of three prongs. To apply, you simply position the tip of the pen beneath your upper lashes, and push the prongs right into the roots. Dot it from one end of the lashline to the other – you can also repeat this for the lower lashes, depending on the effect you’re after.
The colour is a pure jet-black. And if you have naturally dark lashes, you’ll see that the liner instantly gives the effect of more of them – so much so that you’ll probably be happy to go sans mascara. Fair hairs? For best effect, match your liner back to a lash colour.
As for the colour performance, it stays put at day and through into the evening. Although for evening, you might want a look that’s a little less subtle … In this case, the nifty pen can also custom-create a cat-eye look. Either go for a dainty flirty flick (simply turn the liner on its side and stroke it on à la liquid liner) or, if you’re really feeling bold, a graphic effect (turn the nib flat against your lid, just above lashes, and drag it across so that all three prongs draw on a thick line).
But it’s as an ‘invisible liner’ that this pen truly shines. So if you’re after that elusive no-makeup makeup look, have sparse lashes (and don’t want to fuss around with falsies), or just want in on one of the best beauty buys of the year, this one’s for you.
Have you tried the 3 Dot Liner yet? What are your thoughts?
Any other tricks of the trade you can share with us?