Why I went without makeup for my own wedding!! [with PHOTOS]

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        1. Hi Amanjeet! I would never recommend you take any medication without checking with your doctor first. My doctor had recommended it for me as it helped relieve PMS Symptoms (acne was one of them). I used it for 6 months till it regulated my PMS. As for Centrum and Cod liver oil, I take it daily.

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        1. Hi, you should always ask your doctor before taking anything! My doctor recommended evening primrose to me to ease my severe PMS symptoms (acne being one of them). I took it for 6 months and it really helped me. But you shouldn’t try anything until your doctor gives you a go ahead!

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    1. Hey! Here’s the complete list of products I used. (I’ve done reviews for most of them)
      1. Face wash- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Gel.
      2. Face Scrub: Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Microdermabrasion.
      3. Mask: Lush Mask of Magnaminty
      4. Toner: Forest Essentials Facial Toner Pure Rosewater.
      5. Serum: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
      6. Eye cream: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
      7. Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge
      8. Sunscreen: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Expert Wetforce for sensitive skin and children
      9.Acne Treatment: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solution.

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    1. Thank u soooo much! Here’s the list of stuff I used:
      1. Face wash- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Gel.
      2. Face Scrub: Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Microdermabrasion.
      3. Mask: Lush Mask of Magnaminty
      4. Toner: Forest Essentials Facial Toner Pure Rosewater.
      5. Serum: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
      6. Eye cream: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
      7. Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge
      8. Sunscreen: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Expert Wetforce for sensitive skin and children
      9.Acne Treatment: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solution.

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  1. Unfortunately not everyone can afford such gels creams etc as the best ones are tooo tooo expensive..!! Nevertheless water, sleep and some basic remedies does helps..!! Btw u look gorgeous

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    1. Thank u for your really sweet compliment! Just wanted to say that it’s not about using expensive products. It’s about finding the right products within the budget that have good ingredients. Brands like Neutrogena, Olay (and many more) have some super fancy ingredients and work just as well as luxury products. Like you mentioned, it about following a routine consistently, sleeping right, drinking gallons of water and home remedies work brilliantly too!

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  2. U look gorgeous! Congratulations
    Would like to know the capsules are to b taken for a certain period only or can continue lifelong. If lifelong then is it safe.

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    1. Thank u! I would always check with my doctor before taking anything and so should you. My doctor had recommended the primrose capsules (Primrosa) as they relieve PMS symptoms (acne being one of them). I used them for 6 months and stopped once it was under control. As for the multivitamin (Centrum) and Fish oil (Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil), I take them daily. Hope this helps!

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  3. Hii
    I m taking evion 600 vitamin and becasule tablets. Is anything more I should add for fair glowing skin because these two are not working in think. I am 31 so can u help me finding good and reasonable products and medicines. I have dark circles also. I also want naturally glowing skin just like u.

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    1. Hi Gurpreet! The capsules you’re taking look good. Vitamin E and B are great for skin and hair. You could try taking a vitamin C as it increases production of collagen that keeps skin younger and radiant. For products, I can only recommend after I know your skin type and issues. Check out the app called Beauty Button that customizes skincare routines and recommends products based on your skin type, skin problem, age and even the weather! For dark circles, try sleeping on an extra pillow so your head is slightly more elevated so the blood does pool around the eyes. Also put your eye cream in the refrigerator so when u apply it the cold temperature constricts your blood vessels and reduces the darkening. Hope this helps!!

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  4. This is quite informative blog I must say. Thanks Delara,

    Though I have a question : The Clinique Anti-Blemish Solution which you suggested will that help to remove acne scars? I use to have bad acne problems like a year back which is controlled now. But it has left the scars (lightened a lot as I have been using Retino A) and small acne pits on my face. I am 28 and want to know which product would help me better. I have medium-oily skin.

    Also I don’t have puffy eyes issue, so do you suggest any other eye-cream?

    P.S: Getting married this year in December.

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      1. Secondly, don’t use the Clinique product if you’re on Retin-A. That’s salicylic acid and though it does fade scars, it much milder. Retin-A is good for lightening scars and I think you should stick with it. If u plan on getting pregnant anytime soon, please stop Retin-A. It causes defects in babies! You could try using Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Microdermabrasion twice a week to help lighten the scars faster. For eye cream, I love Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado eye cream. Hope this helps!

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  5. Hi Delara! Congrats on the app! I have 2 questions: 1.) I can’t find the app on the app store 😦 Is it only available in Asia?! 2.) What sunscreen do you recommend? Every single one I’ve tried breaks me out!

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    1. Hi! Thanks so much. Beauty Button is only available on the India and Singapore App Store 😬. As for sunscreen, I’ve found that these really work for me: 1. Shiseido Perfect UV Wetforce for sensitive skin and babies 2. La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Antishine Dry-touch gel cream (sensitive and sun intolerant skin). Hope this helps you too 😊

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  6. Hi Delara,
    I am getting married in 3months and getting frequent break outs. Does the clinique blemish creme would help to control acne and remove scar? Also, does the eye creme helpful in removing dark circles.
    Thanks

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    1. Hi, Congrats on getting married! The Clinique Anti-Blemish Gel is great at controlling acne and reducing scarring. As for eye cream, they can temporarily reduce puffiness, plump up fine lines and brighten the skin. So they will make you look younger, but won’t remove dark circles entirely.

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  7. Hi Delara 🙂
    Ok so this is going to be a long one. So ive been following your app and i have ordered all the products you have recommended 🙂
    So i travel by local train to work so i tend to sweat a lot which makes me rush to the washroom as soon as i reach work to wash my face without which i cannot start my day!
    Im sorted for the evening regime but will my morning regime work if i eventually wash my face after reaching work?
    Thanks in advance 🙂

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    1. In your case, I would suggest washing your face and applying sunscreen. Then do the commute, and when you reach the washroom, do your morning regimen. The only hitch is u may have to carry your products with u. Hope this helps!

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  8. Hi..I m a mother of 2. My younger one is 8 months old. I have a lot of skin issues like dark circles n fine lines on my forehead. Plus the glow is also gone now. What should I do..wat under eye cream should I use

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    1. Hi Avleen, I totally understand. I too have 2 babies! What I’ve learnt is that the dark circles go away once you start getting proper sleep (which is hard at this stage!). In the meanwhile, you could try Kiehl’s Creamy Eye a Treatment with Avocado. To get the glow back, use Korean sheet masks 2-3 times a week. They really help. Also take your prenatal supplements like fish oil. I also take a vitamin C tablet every morning. That’s made a difference to my overall skin. And use a good moisturizer everyday. Olay Regenerist is great at blurring away fine lines. Use it twice a day. All the best!!!

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  9. Hi delara,
    I too have that so oily n acne prone skin. I already had fish oil capsules(having vitamin a ,d n omega 3) n evion vitamin e 100mg
    After ur recommendations i bought limcee vitamin c tabs n vitamin a too.
    But im afraid of taking vitamin a ..
    As u mentioned abt Centrum having vitamin c ,a ,e in combined dose , i replaced it with evion vitamin e, limcee vitamin c ,Abbott’s vitamin a ..
    But as these are not ayurvedic, they r allopathic supplement medicine, im lil bit of afraid of starting routine.. please guide..

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    1. Hi Sumi, for oily skin, here is a list of products that are reasonably priced (and work!):
      1. Facewash: Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser / Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion
      2. Toner: Rosewater
      3. Moisturiser: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel / Lacto Calamine Oil Balance Lotion (For oily skin)
      4. Sunscreen: Neutrogena UltraSheer / Lakme Sun Expert Fairness + UV
      5. Mask: Multani Mitti / Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Pack

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  10. Hello!!

    I wanted to ask the time gap to be kept between applying serum, moisturiser and sunscreen and everything you mentioned in the routine.

    I’m 21, with super oily skin and a bucket of acne. I’m very bad at makeup and taking care of my skin , which has eventually caused blemishes all around my chin and upper lip. I’ve also got dark circles from a past few weeks, even though i take proper sleep! Please help.🙈

    P.s – you look syper pretty!!

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    1. Hi Amy, you need to let the product semi-absorb. This means your skin should be slightly moist, but not not fully dry. Usually 10-30 secs between each step is enough.

      What you’re mentioning seems like hormonal acne. This will keep occurring until your hormones settle down. In the meantime, you need really look after your skin so that it stays healthy and you’re not left with marks and pigmentation.

      Make sure you wash your face twice a day – and never go to bed without thoroughly cleaning it. Otherwise you will wake up with new breakouts.

      Use an acne treatment every night to target existing pimples and keep new ones from occurring. (My personal fav is Clinique Anti-Blemish Gel. It’s hard on the pimples but soothing on the skin).

      Always always always use a sunscreen. Because acne medications make skin sensitive to the sun. So your skin is more prone to burning, sun spots and pigmentation. I love La Roche-Posay and Neutrogena sunscreens. They are perfect for oily sensitive acne-prone skin.

      I too have incredibly oily skin. And I’m 35 years old – so age has not reduced it. However, I make sure I moisturize my skin twice a day to help reduce the oiliness. Every time I don’t moisturize, I notice my skin gets oilier – because it’s overcompensating for the loss of moisture. So moisturizer is literally my skin savior. I use a gel one (Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Facial Gel Pure Rosewater) that gives my skin the water, without the oil.

      For now, until your skin clears up stay away from makeup. As it can clog pores further.

      For your dark circles, try sleeping on an extra pillow. That will help the fluid around the eyes to drain better. Try and see if that works.

      Hope this helps!

      P.S.: Thanks for the sweet compliment 🙂

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  11. Hii, Delara
    Greetings of the Day dear,

    I’ve seen you been replying everyone so well, it feels so good to see you responding to everyone of us.
    I’m 25 year old, i work as a Cabin Attendent and been facing acne problem from past 2 years, however i’ve take medicines to improve those, but as soon as i stop taking medicine my acne comes back, and also i have acne scares on my face. I could feel small bumps of Whiteheads on nose and face also the colour of my face skin and neck skin is darker then rest of the body. Also every morning my face gets oily. My dermatologist asked me to go for a “chemical peeling” , i need a second opinion as i dont know if i shud go for peels.
    Instead of peels how can i make my skin glow.
    I’ve been taking these medicines as suggested by my dermat.
    1) Depiglow- for a month
    2)Prorac-C 1000– for a month
    3)Tretiva-20– for 15 days
    4)Flutivate- 10 days
    5)Brilante-(brightening Serum) for 20 dayz
    6)Pernex AC 2.5% .. On Alternate days above Brilante serum…
    7) Ezanic Gel 20% On Alternate days above Brilante Serum..
    8) La Shield Sunscreen.
    Its already been 10 dayz.. i havent seen any diffrence…

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    1. Hi!!! Thank you for writing in. I’ll do my best to help.
      First things first, when you start any acne treatment, you need to give it at least 21 days (3 weeks) to notice even a tiny change. That’s because acne products have to first unclog your clogged pores, reduce bacteria formation, control oil production and speeden the skin’s natural ability to brush off dead skin cells. All this takes time. Most treatments take anywhere between 1-3 months to start showing results. So do wait it out and follow your dermats instructions.

      For the chemical peel – let me explain what it does. Usually chemicals like salicylic or glycolic acid are used. Don’t be afraid. These “acids” are present in regular things like your crocin tablet (salicylic) and sugar (glycolic)!!!

      Peels do a couple of things.
      1. They remove the dead skin cells that have collected on top of your skin. If too many dead skin cells accumulate, your skin looks dull. That is why peels have a brightening effect.
      2. They reduce old marks and scars. Because the top layer of your skin is being gently peeled away, your healthy, new skin is now on top. This is why peels are great for reducing pigmentation.
      3. They unclog pores. Dead skin cells mix with oil and become hard – clogging your pores and lead to acne. The peel melts away the hard clogged pores so that the pore is finally clean. This helps reduce the acne quickly.

      So though they sound scary, they actually really help your skin – as long as it’s done under the guidance of a well-trained medical Dermat.

      It’s important to use sunscreen every single day as all these ointments, creams and peels makes skin sensitive to the sun. And if your skin isn’t protected properly, it can lead to pigmentation and sunspots.
      Also you’re closer to the sun when on the plane, so sun damage is much higher. So please use sunscreen every day even if you’re at home.

      Hope this helps 🙂

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  12. It’s just amazing n empowering how u pulled off no makeup at your wedding which seems like impossible in today’s time! kuddos to you.
    My wedding is 1 month away and so want to rock without makeup or with minimal but I hav these stubborn acne scars, n blemish in side of cheeks which is not going away! Fortunately with help of my dermatologist I hav been able to stop the acne but as he said removing scars is a slow process but man this will be the most important time for me so would you suggest something for that?
    I have currently starting taking care of my skin religiously with toning n moisturiser but need quick fix now!
    And I have been really confused between Estee serum n Kiehl’s night serum, as both r expensive I want to be really sure before buying! My main concern is acne scars n blemishes.

    HAPPY DIWALI😁

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    1. Hi Rubi, congrats on your upcoming wedding! So exciting!!!

      As for your concern, honestly, there are no quick fixes when it comes to acne scars. It will take time and unfortunately 1 month isn’t enough.

      However, within a month, it can improve! You just got to be very religious about following a routine. For you, I would definitely suggest Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution over Estee Lauder. Kiehl’s contains ingredients like salicylic and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) – both these ingredients help fade marks and spots.

      Another important thing you always use is a good sunscreen. I love mineral sunscreens over chemical ones because they contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (same stuff used in diaper rash cream!), so it’s safe enough for babies and it reduces inflammations. But the reason to definitely use a sunscreen is that when you’re on an anti-acne treatment, your skin becomes sun sensitive. So if you go out without sunscreen (for even a few minutes), your marks can darken or get worse. So sunscreen is a MUST!

      Other than that, I suggest steaming your face twice a week to deep clean it. Follow it up with a face mask containing mud or clay – multani mitti works really well. A mask deep cleans pores and helps brighten your complexion. So do it often if you want quick results.

      And lastly, drink hot water with a lime squeezed in first every morning. It flushes your system and gives skin a glow.

      All the best!!!

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  13. I wanted to know the brand name of the the capsules you mentioned. Centrum ( a c e ) and primosa. I would be very glad if you could give me the links. Thanks. I’m already having the seven seas cod liver oil but I really loathe make up. After looking at your wedding pictures, there’s nothing else that I want for my skin. Thanks. Just this little help if u can 🙏🏻

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    1. Hi Rhea! I feel the exact same way about makeup 🙂 Centrum Advance and Primosa 500mg are the brand names. Unfortunately they don’t have any links as the websites are international but they are available at Chemist’s and online.

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    1. Hi Shokeen, do download my app Beauty Button (it’s free) to get a whole list of product recommendations meant just for your skin type, age, skin problems and even the weather! It super customised and will really help.

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  14. Hi delara u have beautiful skin..u r looking stunner in the photographs…i just want to know the best face wash and moisturizer and body lotin for oily skin..thanks

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    1. Hi Neha! Thank you for your lovely comment. These are my fav products for oily skin:
      1. Facewash: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Gel / Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser
      2. Moisturiser: Clinique Moisture Surge / Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
      3. Body Lotion: I prefer using pure Aloe Vera Gel on my body. It’s cooling, hydrating and absolutely non sticky. In winters, I like Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for the exact opposite effect. It’s warming, nourishing and very thick and creamy.

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  15. Hai.!!am 21years. i used to look fair but for past 1year my skin looks so dull.due to dullness my fairness are hidden.i hav oily skin and i luv it..if i use any new products its leaving in breakout..6 more mnths left for my marriage.wish to hav my glowing fair skin back.can yu suggest me a gud face wash,toner,face mask,brightening cream plz..btwn yu luk gorgeous.!!!

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    1. Hello! Thank you for your the lovely comment and Congrats!!! So here’s a list of products I really love.
      Facewash: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel.
      Toner: Dabur Rosewater (the one you can cook with) or Forest Essentials Pure Rosewater
      Face Mask: Multani Mitti (I like Forest Essentials, but any brand will do).
      Brightening serum: Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector.
      Moisturiser: Neutrogena Hydro Boost

      All the best! And keep me posted 🙂

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    1. Hi Sana. For rosy lips, Lip balm is Step 3.
      You need to exfoliate them daily.
      Step 1 is rubbing your toothbrush gently over your lips daily to remove any dead, dull skin cells.
      Step 2 is applying an oil. I like coconut or olive oil.
      Step 3 is a lip balm. To seal everything in.

      Lip balms I like (not in order of preference):
      1. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
      2. Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm
      3. Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Brambleberry Lip Balm
      4. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip

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  16. Hai delara.!am 20years.my skin texture is light chocolate brown and i have oily skin and am fine with it..i want to become little fair but if i use any products it leads to pimples and breakouts.And i even get dark circles due to lack of sleep.can you recommend me a good face wash,toner,moisturiser,serum,eye cream and mask.between you look gorgeous and yur patience in replying us is great..i wish and eagerly waiting to follow the regimen which you are recommending for me.

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    1. Hi Asima, I’ll do my best to help you out.
      Firstly, I suggest you download the Beauty Button app (it’s free). It gives a personalised skincare routine (along with product recommendations) meant for your skin type, skin problem, age and even the weather.

      As for getting fairer, you can’t get fairer than the colour you were born with. It’s fixed in your DNA. Anyone promising you more is lying to you. However, what you can do is remove any tan and make your skin get a beautiful glow. To do that, you need a brightening serum. Serums are very light in texture so they can go deep into your skin (where they can work best) and reduce tanning, spots and pigmentation. Because they are so lightweight, they are not greasy so they won’t make you break out. You need to use a serum before your moisturiser. Do this every day for 2 months and you will see a big change. But remember it takes time, so you need to be patient. Don’t expect overnight results. Products I like are Olay White Radiance Brightening Intensive Serum, Neutrogena Fine Fairness Brightening Serum and Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (if you have the budget).

      For reduce your dark circles, you need to:
      1. Sleep for more than 8 hours every night
      2. Sleep on an extra pillow (so that your blood circulation improves and the fluid under your eyes can drain out).
      3. Drink more than 2 litres of water every day.
      4. Take a multivitamin (like Centrum) every morning so that there’s no vitamin deficiency.
      5. Use a good eye cream to moisturise the fragile skin around your eyes.
      (Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream are great!)

      Hope this helps 🙂

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  17. Hai delara..!!! Can you please suggest me a best face wash..my skin texture is light chocolate brown and i have oily skin…or can i use La roche-posay effaclar purifying foaming gel..is it good for my skin.?

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    1. Hi Fathima, that’s a great face wash for your skin. It will remove the excess oil without making your skin dry and tight – just what you need. Never use a face wash that dries your skin out as your skin will start making even more oil to make up for the loss of moisture.

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    1. Hi Bindu, here are a list of serums that are great for removing spots and brightening skin tone (other than Kiehl’s):
      1. Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
      2. Neutrogena Fine Fairness Brightening Serum
      3. Shiseido White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector
      4. Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum
      5. Origins Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Bright Dark Spot Correcting Serum
      6. Chanel Le Blanc Day/Night Intensive Spot Treatment

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  18. Hi I am trying to download the Beauty button app onto my samsung galaxy s5 but i can’ find it in the google play store or galaxy apps. Help please!

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