Cosmo Answers 4 Burning Questions You Have Been Dying to Ask

From eyeshadows to the go-to multi-tasking hair tool to fixing those dry patches on the skin and more....

Q. Eyeshadows tough to figure out! How can a beginner like me get in on the looks?
A: Good timing—the AW19 eye looks are a major-rager, but also fairly easy to cop. Luckily, beauty has moved into a space where precision isn’t so important anymore. Start with a palette that offers a range of colours in multiple finishes—don’t invest in a 100-shade palette just yet...but an eight to 16 one would do. Ease into the trend by swiping on a single shade on the lids, working your way into more complicated looks.


Revlon Colorstay Player Eyeshadow Palette, 1,450


Q. I don’t like to wear make-up every day, but lately, my dark circles have gotten worse. Is there a solution that doesn’t involve foundation?
A: If you don’t have any concerns other than dark circles, then you can totally get away by applying just a concealer. Plus, bare, glowing skin is one of the biggest trends this season. You need a long-lasting formula that doesn’t crease (aka doesn’t give away that you’re hiding something under ’em eyes!). This one by PAC delivers high-coverage and covers up imperfections and pigmentation, leaving you with a natural finish. For night-outs, mix a few drops of highlighter with moisturiser for a glowing finish, and top it up with a hint of blush.


PAC Take Cover Concealer, 595


Q. I’m on the lookout for a good multi-tasking hair tool. Any recos?

A: Yep, a good juggler is wise investment. Plus, it doubles as a great travel partner, helping you create multiple hairstyles (and content for Instagram!).  Panasonic’s two-way hair straightener and curler is an affordable option and has a bunch of features. The most important one: its smooth ceramic plate, infused with coconut oil and coated with keratin. It protects hair from heat damage and reduces friction of hair cuticles. Also, its 15-second heat-up technology makes it easy to style hair in a jiffy.


Panasonic Hair Straightener and Curler with Photo Ceramic Plate, 2,765


Q. Even though I take good care of my skin and have a dedicated regime, by mid-day, I start getting dry patches on my skin. How can I treat those?

A: The pollution levels and air conditioning can really wreak havoc on skin. And sometimes, dead skin cells lead to visible rough, dry patches. Depending on your skin type, exfoliate your face once or twice a week—this will slough away dead skin, revealing a smoother complexion. Along with that, put a hydrating mist to work, and spritz it two to three times a day to ensure the moisture level in your skin is intact. This one by homegrown brand Kal Hans contains rose, hibiscus, and witch hazel, and is rich in antioxidants, helping you fight free radicals and keep skin balanced.


Kal Hans Hydrating Rose Petal Face Mist, 575