On style, she rules
OK, so my make-up just kind of slides off my face in the Hong Kong humidity. Every morning, I leave the house thinking I look good, then catch myself in a mirror looking a mess after a short walk to work down the escalator. It ruins my mood. I've found the right waterproof mascara after testing about a million of them, but what about the rest of the make-up?
Slippery Mope, Caine Road
The Dictator rules: OK? That's not OK, but you'll have to get over it or get out. You live in a humid climate. If you walk outside, you will perspire and there's no foolproof way to keep make-up from sliding off unless you fake it with a tattoo (we've yet to see excellent examples). That said, some products out there are definitely better than others. Start with a good base. We like Shiseido's Sun Protection line, especially the liquid foundation, which comes in three skin tones. It's formulated specifically for use in hot and sticky environments, has an SPF of 43 and is 'very water-resistant' (HK$230; Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, Central, tel: 3695 3388). If you need to cover up dark circles on a regular basis, get more sleep. Still look like a panda? Apply Lancome's long-lasting Effacernes Protective Undereye Concealer SPF 12 (HK$220; Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2833 8338). Let's move on to the cheeks and lips. Yup, you can get a two- in-one here. We're talking about the cheek and lip stains by Benefit, including the original, rose-coloured Benetint (HK$310; Lane Crawford, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2118 3668). For eyes, now don't overdo it but you might need a bit more than just mascara. We recommend a nice waterproof eyeliner such as the ones by Mac Cosmetics (HK$120 and up; 17B Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2577 1368). Finally, just accept that a retouch is necessary upon arrival at your destination.
While clearing out my mother's old clothes, I found an awesome pair of maroon high-heel boots that she used to wear when I was a child. If only my feet weren't three sizes bigger than hers! Second-hand shoes gross me out, so I'm hoping out of all the brands that have ads with that 1970s revival stuff at least one has a similar style. Help?
Marooned, Tsim Sha Tsui
The Dictator: Right on. I'm digging your style. Maison Martin Margiela has high-heeled boots in a tone the brand calls 'deep purple' but has enough red in it to qualify for 'maroon' (HK$9,499; Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2736 0006). At Celine, they're very true to the era, with round toes and a stacked wooden heel (HK$10,500; Gateway Arcade, tel: 2175 5988). If you like a side zip to get your boots on and off smoothly, then take a look at Marc Jacobs' lovely autumn-winter boots in burgundy leather, with a silver-tone zipper running up the side and dark stacked wood heels (HK$8,690; Gateway Arcade, tel: 2118 6511). As we enter autumn, you might consider switching to a seasonal suede, such as Roger Vivier's wine- hued suede boots made with the label's signature buckle at the top (HK$13,400; The Landmark, tel: 2810 8690). Keep your eyes peeled; soon, you'll see more maroon at other stores, such as Timberland, Valentino and Nine West. What's more, fashion is in such a 70s-revival craze at the moment, you can be quite literal about recreating the look with luxury fashion (but leave the cheap costumes and bad wigs out of it).