The point I am actually making is this. I know too much, I've seen every look in the book, I've adjusted my make-up accordingly, only to be told that I am not up with the latest fad. Now my relationship with make-up is kept to a minimum.
Enter my China Doll look (above). I already have a mild fantasy of evoking a cool sensuality, but when I asked the said make-up artist to achieve the look for me using L'Oreal's new kit, our wires were obviously crossed. I said I wanted the Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/ Winter catwalk look, his interpretation was slightly different. My skin did not resemble porcelain, my eyes were not upturned and alert. To be honest, I looked haggard. When he finished, he smiled.
"Take it off before your friends see you."
"You were the one that made me look like this," I retaliated. "You're supposed to be a genius."
"Well, that's what Kate and Karen looked like when they came backstage at Prada."
Great, so I looked like a sweaty model that has been busting a gut to hail a cab across Milan for their next fashion show. I took it off.
OK, Plan B. I go home and do it myself. I am a dab hand with the liquid black eyeliner (left over from my school days, when I thought I could make myself look like Holly Golightly). The "voluminous" mascara was an absolute dream - yes my lashes did look thicker, fuller, longer and all of that, but I am afraid that the Colour Endure Stay-On Lipcolour was a no-no. I haven't got the fullest lips in the world, so red really isn't my colour and I am a little sceptical of the much-hyped claims of "permanent" lipstick; three coffees, some tuna pasta, a cigarette and six hours after my first application, I looked like I had been sucking a beetroot. I got a giggle out of my boyfriend, and some strange looks from my work colleagues. These were lovely products, but in future I will do my make-up my wayn
China Doll by L'Oreal includes six Colour Endure Stay-On Lipsticks, one Superliner Eyeliner, one Cream Couleur Mono Eyeshadow and six LaquiResist nail varnishes. China Doll will be available from August at Boots, Superdrug and selected chemists nationwide.Reuse content