Beauty comes in different shapes, sizes and ages, and so do the myths.
For a country obsessed with fairness and matching its make-up to outfits, it’s time to know what the facts are, and what are just common myths:
Heavier foundation helps cover wrinkles and lines
“Wrinkles happen because of dryness. Heavier foundations are more likely to seep in the lines and make them more prominent by cracking up after a while. Opt for a lightweight, good quality foundation, with the right colour pigment to conceal wrinkles properly,” says Dr Swati Srivastava, a city-based dermatologist.
Indian skin cannot carry red lipstick
“Who says? Red lipstick looks good on every skin tone, but the rule is to tone down the rest of your make-up, especially eye make-up. Also, keep your dress and accessories
a bit toned down,” explains Dr Srivastava.
Oily and natural skins do not need moisturisers
Moisturisers do not add oil to the skin — they hydrate it, that is, they make water molecules move into the cells of the skin, making it look smoother and softer. “Choose a moisturiser depending on your skin type. For dry skin, go for a heavier, creamy one with ingredients like vitamin E, and for oily skin, stick to lighter ones with AHAs and BHAs (Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acids). If your skin is dripping with oil, you will still need a hydrant, maybe in the form of a mist,” advises Dr Rashmi Shetty, cosmetic physician.
Fairness creams actually work
Snow White is a fairy tale. Period. “Skin colour is genetic. Unfortunately, in our country, fairness is associated with beauty and vice versa, so people tend to use excessive products. And when such products are used unsupervised, they may cause damage to the skin. It is also important to understand that skin lightening agents act by inhibiting the melanin pigment in the skin (from coming up). So continuous use of the product is necessary to keep the skin in a continued state of lightening,” explains Dr Jamuna Pai, a city-based cosmetologist.
Liquid liner suits everyone
Dr Srivastava dispels this myth, saying, “People with very large eyes do not carry liquid liners too well. I’d rather they play more with eye shadow. And those with small eyes must also keep it subtle and natural.”