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Cosmetic cures

I am a 23-year-old woman. I have distinctly oily skin. I always make sure I use a face wash as often as possible to keep the oiliness at bay but to no avail. Could you please suggest how I can keep my skin oil-free throughout the day?

Sangita, via e-mail

You may have over-productive sebaceous glands, which are responsible for the oiliness of your skin. Though on the bright side, this means your skin will be less prone to fine lines, wrinkles and discolouration, the flipside is that you might have acne break-outs, large pores and a greasy appearance. To minimise the negative effects, use a mild liquid cleanser, preferably a foaming one specially formulated for oily skin, every morning and every night before going to bed. Use alcohol-free toners sparingly, if at all. Choose a light, oil-free moisturiser, if necessary. Use oil-blotting or oil-free foundation and top it with a light dusting of translucent powder when you’re dressing up. Always go for an oil-free sunscreen. Having said all that, remember, oil is a natural defence against the elements of nature so be careful not to over-dry your skin. Do not use harsh drying soaps or products.

I’m a 25-year-old woman. Please tell me how I can get a smoky effect when I do my eyes?

Tania, Agarpara

The smoky look can be achieved by using shades of grey, charcoal, blue, berry, purple or violet. For evenings you can darken your eyes with deeper blues and greys. Outline your eyelids with black, violet or green liner coordinating with your eye colour. Smudge and blend the line to soften it. Layer with an eye shadow of a contrasting hue on top of the liner blending out at the outer corner of the eye. Do this with an eye shadow blending brush for a neat finish. Next add a second layer of eye shadow of a lighter shade at the crease of the eye and blend out towards the eyebrow. Blend upwards with the colour and at an angle to the outer corner of your eye. Add two to three coats of mascara for a perfect finish.

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