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Welcome to Ask The Makeup Diva™! Our resident expert, The Makeup Diva, answers makeup and skin care questions sent in by readers just like you.

Q: Is it a good idea to use products from the same line? If I use a certain cleanser should I try to use the eye cream, moisturizer, etc. from the same line?

A: It's time to dispel this myth that you have to use all your beauty products from the same line - you don't! There is no mystical synergy between products that makes it necessary for you to use the cleanser, toner, lotion, sunscreen, and eye cream all from the same line; this is often a sales tactic that the cosmetic companies use on consumers to get them to buy more products.

The most important factor in choosing any skincare products is how well they work with your skin. Here are a few basic tips to common sense skin care:

If you have oily skin, using an oil-based cleanser will only make you feel oilier, and it will probably make you break out. Switch to a water-based cleanser that rinses off easily.

Alcohol-based toners will dry your skin. Period. Even if you have oily skin, stripping your skin with alcohol will only make your pores produce more oil to replace what was taken away.

Toners are not a necessary step in any skin care routine. If you feel like your cleanser either didn't take all your makeup off, or it didn't rinse away completely, it's time to find a new cleanser.

Avoid the product-induced problem cycle of using a drying cleanser, a drying toner, then a heavy moisturizer to replace all the moisture the cleanser and toner just stripped away. Pay attention to the way your skin feels after each step in your skincare routine and replace any products that make your skin feel uncomfortable.

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