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Great leather jackets, and shimmery make-up that doesn’t make you look like a Kardashian

You’ll never convince me to wear leather pants, but I have been looking for a leather jacket for ages. Guidelines?
Got to Calf It, Sheung Wan

The Dictator rules: Believe me, I don’t want to see you in leather pants. As for jackets, pay atten­tion. The edgy biker jacket, devised to protect motor­cyclists, has an asymmetric or diagonal zip closure, large collar and notched lapel with snap buttons, and a belted waist. It’s easy to find but not to wear.

Saint Laurent captures the attitude in its plain but luxe leather biker jackets (from HK$35,500). Claudie Pierlot’s black leather bikers come with or without quilting (HK$5,190 to HK$6,160). Topshop makes them real or faux to suit all budgets (HK$559 to HK$1,899). The racer jacket, featuring a short stand-up collar and straight, centred zip, is generally sleeker and more elegant. Massimo Dutti’s are gorgeous in black or brown leather (HK$2,590), part of a surprisingly broad leather jacket collection. Alice Olivia’s comes with gold hardware (HK$8,750). Loose zippered bomber, varsity or baseball jackets are still popular, too. Helmut Lang does the look justice in black lambskin (HK$14,400; Lane Crawford), while Coach takes a playful approach (from HK$8,150). Gucci’s this season is a classic on the front with a beaded and bejewelled tiger head on the back (HK$49,000).

Beyond those, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination and bank account. Burberry has re-imagined its trench as a leather jacket (HK$26,500). Céline has a puffy, black “paper-weight” calfskin cape with ruched edges for a mere HK$38,000. Just avoid the leather blazer, or risk look­ing like a 90s mobster.

I’ve always been afraid shim­mery make-up would make me look like a Kardashian. However, I saw someone with slightly sparkly cheeks that looked nice. Do they sell that sort of blush or is it a trick?
Frosted Flake, Aberdeen

The Dictator: Really going out on a limb, aren’t you? It’s best to exercise restraint with make-up. Nothing is less attractive than a face covered in “beauty” products, except maybe a face covered in spots. Start by covering up blemishes and uneven skin tone with natural-looking foundation and con­cealer. There are blushes made with particles that reflect light, such as super luxury brand Clé de Peau’s Blush Duo with a light-deflecting, soft-shine formula and a semi-matte formula, in five different shades (HK$530; Sogo). It moisturises with argan oil, too. Nars does a duo com­pact in multiple colours, including some frosted tones (HK$370; Sogo). A trick of the trade every make-up lover should have is the Nars Multiple stick (HK$380), an all-in-one make-up miracleto highlight eyes, cheeks, lips and body, and available in a variety of shimmering shades.

In the realm of multi-purpose make-up, there are some fabulous, versatile compacts. Bobbi Brown’s famous Shimmer Brick and less well known Brightening Finishing Powder (HK$420; Sogo) are composed of different shimmery shades that mix together with a sweep of the brush. None of this is new, ladies. A cunning alternative is to use a frosted lipstick or eyeshadow already in your arsenal.

Just as important as the product, though, is the application. Every face is configured differently, but to apply, try starting at the apples of your cheeks (smile to find them, and never apply past your laugh lines), then blend, blend, blend outwards.

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