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Ad­vice on com­bat­ting dry skin and crow’s-feet

Q I'm so con­fused when I see an eyeshadow palette that’s full of dif­fer­ent colours. Is there a cor­rect way to ap­ply so many shades?

Chances are you don’t need a palette that has more than six or seven colours, so my ad­vice is to skip the su­per­size ver­sions. If you tend to use the same few shades, try the first three shad­ows in the palette to­gether to cre­ate a ca­sual smoky eye. Usu­ally, those hues tend to be more neu­tral, whereas the last three will be more dra­matic (great for evening!).

Q What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween de­hy­drated skin and just plain old dry skin?

Whether your pri­or­ity is to treat dark spots and wrin­kles or cleanse your skin, you should know which camp you fall into so you can choose the right for­mu­la­tions. Dry skin lacks oil, so in­tro­duce a fa­cial oil into your rou­tine; these prod­ucts ab­sorb quickly and support the skin’s lipid bar­rier. For skin that’s de­prived of wa­ter due to dry air and cold tem­per­a­tures, you’ll need to swap out your light mois­tur­izer for some­thing more sub­stan­tial, like a cream or a balm.

Q How can I soften my crow’s-feet?

Botox is still the most ef­fec­tive way of slow­ing down the pro­gres­sion of crow’s-feet, but the $300-plus in­jectable treat­ment is off the ta­ble for most of us. For a topical so­lu­tion, you can try Estée Lauder Ad­vanced Night Re­pair Eye Con­cen­trate Ma­trix ($88, the­bay.com). The serum has a patent­pend­ing poly­mer and a twice-con­cen­trated in­fu­sion of two kinds of hyaluronic acid to pro­tect (and plump) the eye area against nat­u­ral mi­cro­move­ments, such as blink­ing—some­thing we do more than 10,000 times a day.

Q I’m look­ing for a full-cov­er­age foun­da­tion that won’t dry out my al­ready-parched skin. Any ideas?

A foun­da­tion that pays spe­cial at­ten­tion to lock­ing in mois­ture is what you re­quire. Search for op­tions with skin-care ben­e­fits, plus sun­screen, to keep your skin look­ing and feel­ing sup­ple. Our pick is Cover­girl’s new Vi­tal­ist Elixir Foun­da­tion ($18, wal­mart.ca), a foun­da­tion with full cov­er­age and a ra­di­ant fin­ish that will seal in hy­dra­tion while help­ing pro­tect and per­fect your vis­age.

Send your beauty ques­tions to read­ers@cana­di­an­liv­ing.com.

We adore the lim­ited-edition Lise Watier x Elle Palette Weekender

EYESHADOWS ($48, lise­watier.com). The rose-gold-and-mar­ble pack­ag­ing is gor­geous, and the metal­lic shades in­side are au courant and pro­vide ma­jor colour pay­off.

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