I love the look of eyeliner with wing tips at the sides, but whenever I try to do it, I end up with one side higher or lower than the other. A friend told me Dior had some ready-made strips that you just stick right onto your eyelid? I tried one of its cosmetics counters, but the girl there looked at me like I was crazy!
Line of Work, MacDonnell Road

The Dictator rules: Maybe it was a reaction to the crooked lines on your face. Or it's possible Dior's Velvet Eyes stick-ons came and went while the sales assistant was still in secondary school, circa 2011. Don't worry, there are plenty of cat-eye stickers to play with. The No 1 choice of the moment is by Violent Eyes (www.violentlips.com), which does ship internationally and will waive delivery fees on orders of US$50 or more. Available in 11 colours or patterns (HK$77.50 apiece), each package comes with eight temporary appliques in four different eyeliner shapes. Watch the instructional video on the website to learn how to cut and apply them. For even more whimsical designs, such as peacock feathers, take a look at Party Eyes Instant Eyeliner by MKL Accessories (HK$47 for eight; www.karmaloop.com). Do your own Google search, would you? You're not one of those "double-lid" obsessed types are you? If you are, you'll be happy to know the special tape many women in Asia use is also available with an extra cat-eye line. Try Japanese creations such as Chantilly's Beauty Liner Tape (HK$85 for 20 stickers), or Cats (HK$68 for 20; Log-On, iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2627 9501), both sold in either black or brown.


I know it's still warm outside, but those new autumn cable-knit jumpers - you know, the little, sort of shaped kind - are my latest obsession. Would you know if any of the shops already have them in? And how much will these special interpretations set me back?
Cable News, Repulse Bay

The Dictator: Relax, would you? The majority of the world does not obsess over micro-trends in the fashion world, cannot afford designer pieces and has no clue what you're talking about. I do have to admit, though, that the latest raft of cable knits, with their slimmer fits and sculptural qualities, really are worth a bit of attention. Of course, the autumn collections are in store by now. And you call yourself a fashion lover? Torn by Ronny Kobo makes the beautiful cable-knit, peplum Layla jumper (HK$2,699; www.tornbyronnykobo.com). Burberry calls its version the Sculptural Cashmere Sweater (HK$14,500; Alexandra House, Central, tel: 2868 3511). It's loose on top, then nips in from the waist down in a longer, fitted ribbed hem, and comes in black, camel beige or red. My pick of the lot would be the sculpted, cable-knit, crew-neck pullover in cream or navy wool by Carven (HK$7,300; 1 Moon Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2804 1608). I'm also in love with the light grey wool-blend cable knit with a unique flared hem by Sacai Luck (HK$4,020; www.farfetch.com).



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