Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood on May 29, 2012

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Cindy Hall, Aesthetician. Scott Karempelis, MD, Dermatologist

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Krysta: I hate that picture of me.

Kate: She has such long hair, look how short it is here.

Krysta: Hi I'm Krysta.

Kate: Hi, I'm Kate.

Jasmine: Hi, I'm Jasmine.

Margaret: Hi, I'm Margaret.

All: Like most girls, we love to pore over yearbooks and magazines.

Kate: Oh my God, I love those shoes

Krysta: And practice our makeup skills on each other. Give your face to me.

Kate: Stop getting it on my lips,

Krysta: I didn't mean to, your lips just get in the way.

All: Some of us are better than others!

Kate: Wow, I can see all the "beautifulness" in my face. I want to take this makeup off cause it ain't working.

Krysta: But that got us to thinking. What should we use to remove makeup? In fact, what's the best way to take care of our skin? So we decided to ask the experts. Dr. K — he's a dermatologist — and Cindy Hall, a beauty specialist, answered our questions.

Margaret: What's the best eye, cheek and lip makeup to use?

Cindy Hall: You want to use something that is mineral based, because it's not going to clog the pores. A lot of the products that are out in the stores are liquid based and they can cause you to have breakouts.

Jasmine: Color in the lines…It's color by number... (laugh)

Krysta: Is it safe to share makeup?

Scott Karempelis, MD: It's probably not a good idea. If there was anything contagious that someone might have you certainly wouldn't want to get that.

Krysta: Kate! What did you do to me?

Jasmine: How do you remove makeup safely?

Cindy Hall: If you tend to be a little oily, I would suggest that you use a gel cleanser, one that kind of foams up a little bit, It's always good just to use your hands in circular motions over your whole face- be sure to cover everything. It's better to rinse your face with water instead of using a washcloth because sometimes washcloths can still have bacteria left on them.

Krysta: What if you're allergic to whatever you use?

Scott Karempelis, MD: In most cases it's because you've probably just used too harsh of a cleanser with probably an abrasive in it and made it all rough and raw and rashy, and in that case it's easy to change your cleanser to a mild moisturizing cleanser.

Jasmine: Should I use exfoliating products?

Scott Karempelis, MD: It depends on what you're using exfoliating for.

Krysta: In case you're wondering, exfoliating means scrubbing the dead skin off.

Kate: It really does feel like really soft sand.

Maggie: Oh my Gosh, that feels so cool.

Scott Karempelis, MD: By removing the dead layers of skin your skin has a very nice glow. Makeup goes on better. Too harsh an exfoliation which is what we tend to do when we want to get rid of acne and that sort of thing is probably not a good thing.

Krysta: Join us next time when we find out about the best sunscreens to use.

All: For WebMD, we're Krysta, Katie, Jasmine and Margaret.