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Here's an autumn trend you can get to grips with early: the classic smoky eye. Dior’s new three-colour palette contains a nourishing base to prep the eyelid, plus two shades of shadow - onematte for a simple and stark smoky look and one iridescent for when the dress code calls for a bit of disco. And to top it off there’s a long-wearing liner, which is just the thing for bringing out your more feline attributes. Out 16 August, £32, available nationwide

Heard the one about the 'bitchy' female comics?

Three leading comedians have been accused of perpetuating a "bitchy and irrational" stereotype of woman comics by the organiser of an all-female stand-up competition, after they criticised her for charging entrants.

Cultural Life: Tim Minchin, comedian

Books: Christopher Hitchens's autobiography, 'Hitch 22', is a poignant read, and very interesting because I have a very poor knowledge of recent political history – or for that matter distant political history. I'm also reading 'Jasper Jones' by Craig Silvey, about an Aboriginal kid and a white kid who find a dead woman, hanging from a rope. I was completely sucked in.

My Secret Life: Richard Herring, comedian, 43

My parents were... My dad was my headmaster and my mother also taught me at school. I did a whole show about whether it psychologically scarred me, but when I look back, I think all the bad things about me were already in existence. I was in a fortunate position where I had a very solid family – my parents have been together since they were 13. It's almost hard to live up to that!

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Tim Minchin and His Orchestra, O2 Arena, London

Over the last week critics have showered Tim Minchin in stardust for his musical version of Roald Dahl's Matilda. While I look forward to seeing this fêted show, the prospect of revisiting Minchin's musical comedy hits didn't leave me quite as excited and I found myself leaving his arena show as ambivalent as ever about him.

The Diary: Karaoke numbers; Tim Minchin; The Social Network

Last summer, Swansea's Marc Price wowed Cannes with his debut movie, Colin, a zombie-fest that was made for £45. So what happened next? First, Price bought himself a camera. "I wanted to test the camera so I made a short film where we did pretty much everything I'd been advised not to do, to see how it held up," he tells me. The resulting five-minute short, The End, a pub massacre featuring gunfire and gory close-ups, was picked up by Film4's Frightfest for a Leicester Square screening. "It held up superbly on the big screen. I'm convinced this will revolutionise low-budget film making."

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