BEAUTY Ex­pert

We an­swer a bunch of your burn­ing beauty ques­tions.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - BEAUTY -

Q My legs are so dry. Can I still shave them?

A. Yes, just use a creamy body wash (like Ori­flame Milk and Honey Gold Mois­tur­is­ing Shower Cream, ` 299) first, then de­fuzz with a fresh blade (to nix ir­ri­ta­tion) and shav­ing cream to cush­ion and pro­tect cracked skin, says Jef­frey Ben­abio, a der­ma­tol­o­gist in San Diego.

Q Foun­da­tion makes the peach fuzz on my face look so ob­vi­ous. What’s the deal?

A. “Most of us blend foun­da­tion in cir­cles, which lifts fine fa­cial hair, mak­ing them more no­tice­able,” says make-up pro Mally Ron­cal. To flat­ten fuzz, use a foun­da­tion brush to ap­ply your base in down­ward strokes, or use your fin­gers to ap­ply in the same mo­tion, flat­ter­ing tiny hairs.

Q Am I crazy or does my hair get greasier in the win­ter?

A. It sounds counter in­tu­itive, but it’s right. “The drier it is out­side, the more oil your scalp pro­duces to com­pen­sate,” says Charles Baker Strahan, a stylist for Herbal Essences. Skip the clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo (it has the same ef­fect as the air), and de-grease with pow­der in­stead.

Q Can a cold in­fect my lip­sticks and lip balms?

A. Yes—and re­peat con­tact can even pro­long a cough. Use lip pots (try the Color­bar Lip Pot in Shade 3, ` 495, for colour, and The Body Shop Born Lippy in Straw­berry, ` 395 for mois­ture) in­stead of sticks, which touch your lips dur­ing ap­pli­ca­tion ( oh, and do sani­tise first).

M.A.C Foun­da­tion Brush, ` 1,080

Ori­flame Milk and Honey Gold Mois­tur­iz­ing Shower Cream, ` 299

Deb­o­rah Milano Com­fort Mat Foun­da­tion, ` 595

M.A.C Ca­sual Colour Lip Pot in Out For Fun, ` 990

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