Can We Guess What Year You Graduated From Your Taste in Makeup?

By: Allison Lips
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Can We Guess What Year You Graduated From Your Taste in Makeup?
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About This Quiz

Every decade has its style icons. The '50s had Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. The '60s had Twiggy, Cher, and Jackie Kennedy. The '70s saw women dress like Farrah Fawcett and Debbie Harry. The '80s had two big contrasting style icons in Cyndi Lauper and Princess Diana. In the '90s, Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz inspired millions of women to wear their makeup like them. Today, some women look to Taylor Swift and Cara Delevigne for their fashion cues. However, many more are looking to the past to create their signature style. 

When it comes to makeup, color palettes change every decade. The '50s were the decade of cat eyes and big bold red lips. In the '60s, the focus shifted to the eyes, which were adorned with bold eyeliner and eye shadow colors. The '70s continued the trend, but someone women sought out more natural looks. The natural looks continued into the '80s and the '90s. However, many women still proudly wore their eye shows in vibrant blues, greens, and purples. The '90s also saw the popularity of lip liner skyrocket, but its popularity didn't leave the decade. In the new millennium, makeup styles run the spectrum of natural to bold. 

Throughout the years, makeup styles change, yet one thing remains true: women are always experimenting with new ways to wear their makeup. Are you ready to find out from which decade you're taking your fashion inspiration? Will we accurately guess the year you graduated high school? Take the quiz to find out if we're spot on or if you should have graduated earlier! Maybe you'll even find out you're younger at heart than you originally thought! 

Who is your makeup style icon?
Elizabeth Taylor
Madonna
Gwen Stefani
Beyonce

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Would you ever wear brown lipstick?
No, I prefer a bold red.
Only when it's in style
Yes, I used to all the time.
Am I going to a '90s party?

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Have you ever experimented with a cat eye?
I wore it in my youth.
Not a big fan of them
I wear it occasionally.
It's my go-to eyeliner style.

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Are you brave enough to rock a bold eye shadow, like a bold green or blue?
No, let the eyeliner do the talking.
I do it all the time.
Of course
Yes, but it's not that special.

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Which makeup brand is your favorite?
Revlon
MAC
Bare minerals
Urban Decay

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When you put on makeup, on which part of your face do you focus?
Everything
Eyes
Lips
Eyelashes and brows

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How do you prefer to wear your eyebrows?
Full with an arch
Completely natural
Pencil thin
Natural, but well groomed

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Do you consider foundation to be an essential part of your makeup routine?
Yes, it provides the base for everything else.
No
Not really
If I'm going all out, yes

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What shade of blush are you most likely to wear?
Mauve
Burgundy
Peach
Light pink

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How important are long lashes to you?
Extremely
Necessary, otherwise my lashes will blend in with my eyeliner
Depends on my mood
Not very

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Did you ever dye your hair an unnatural shade, such as blue, pink, or green?
No
Yes, because I wanted to be like Cyndi Lauper.
Yes, but only streaks
I still do, all the time!

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Would you ever wear contrasting lip liner?
No, it would show my age.
No, I haven't done that since the 1990s.
Doesn't everyone?
Depends on if I'm doing a throwback look

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How experimental do you get with your makeup?
I stick with the tried and true.
I may try a new lipstick or an eye shadow.
I tried a new foundation yesterday.
Very, I like to think of myself as a trendsetter.

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Is makeup necessary for you to be able to feel like yourself?
Yes
I need at least my eyes done.
No, but the magic's in the makeup.
No

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From which era's makeup icons are you most likely to seek inspiration?
1950s
1970s
1980s
All of the above

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Which decade's makeup seems clownish in hindsight?
1970s
Early-2000s
1990s
Whatever I thought looked good as a child

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Do you always have a lipstick in your purse?
Wouldn't leave home without it
It's there, but I don't always use it.
Only when I'm wearing lipstick
Honestly, I don't know.

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Do you wear false eyelashes?
All the time. Mine aren't as dark as they used to be.
Occasionally
Yes
Sometimes, but I like natural.

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Were you ever tempted to wear black eye shadow and black lipstick?
Only when I'm dressing up for Halloween
No
Yes, I went through a Marilyn Manson phase.
Let's not talk about what I wore in high school.

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How many eye shadow colors are too many to wear at once?
Five
You don't need more than two.
Three
An entire 50 shade palette

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What type of makeup do you prefer to use?
Powders
Pencils
Creams
Gels

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How do you describe your makeup style in one word?
Timeless
Sophisticated​
Edgy
Whatever

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How do you wear your eyeliner?
A thick black cat eye
A thick blue line
A thin black line
Varies, based on my mood

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Do you use a highlighter on your face?
No
Occasionally, now that I know how to use one
Yes, it helps even out my skin.
It's a main tool I use.

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How do you feel about bronzer?
Completely unnecessary
If you like that look, just get more sun.
I've been known to abuse it.
A little is fine, but it's not needed.

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Have you ever contoured your face?
No
I tried it once, but it took too much time.
Only on special occasions
I went through a phase.

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What amount of time do you need to put on your makeup?
An hour
45 minutes
30 minutes
15 minutes

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How heavy do you wear your makeup?
I wear a lot.
I used to wear more. I really miss bold colors.
Very, but it's either my eyes or my lips and never at the same time.
it depends, but I usually lean toward natural unless I'm hitting the club.

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How much money is too much money to spend on an eye shadow palette with four colors?
$10
$20
$30
$50

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Would you ever wear mascara that isn't black or brown?
No
Yes, if it's blue.
Why not?
Of course, I love changing up my eye looks.

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