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Problem Solver: Ask Our Beauty Expert

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dear Barbara,
I’m 20-years-old and my lips are always chapped and dry! I don’t apply too much lipstick, although sometimes I do forget to take it off after a night out. However, now my lipstick has started flaking, causing lines to appear as it feathers over my lips. This makes it impossible to achieve a smooth finish. Is there a solution?
—  Tanvi Parekh, Ghatkopar
Dear Tanvi,

Chapped or dry lips can be the result of recent weather changes — to avoid being affected, you should drink plenty of water. In your case, you should apply a coat of petroleum jelly (or you could use an effective lip balm) and leave it on for about 10 minutes to give it a chance to soften any hard flakes. Then, cover your index finger with a damp cloth and gently massage your lips. This removes the petroleum jelly and the flakes of dead skin should come off with it, leaving your lips supple and smooth. You can wear lipstick after this simple routine and it should look just fine.

Dear Barbara,
I’m in my thirties and I like to wear eye makeup on a daily basis. But, my mascara always seems to run dry and it leaves me with these ‘panda-eyes, which look terrible! Please suggest a way to avoid this so that it looks better?
—  Arya Apte, Vikhroli
Dear Arya,

We all love eye makeup, but this is a very common problem that most women who regularly wear eye makeup often face. Switch to waterproof mascara as it definitely helps. If you already wear waterproof makeup, you can try sealing your normal mascara with a coat of a clear mascara. Also, you could try using a gel-based eyeliner. Another solution involves dipping a cotton bud in your eye make-up remover and dabbing your makeup for fast touch-ups before the mascara can dry on your skin.

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