Can You Answer the Most Asked Beauty Questions?

By: Jane Andrews
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7 min
Can You Answer the Most Asked Beauty Questions?
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About This Quiz

Did you know that historians have been able to trace the use of cosmetics and skincare products back to the ancient Egyptians? That's more than 5,000 years of beauty secrets and makeup advice being handed down from generation to generation. Before there was Google — before there were even professional makeup artists and skincare experts to consult — there were the tried-and-true beauty tips that people passed along to help boost their confidence and improve their appearance.

Where have all of the tips and tricks that you swear by even come from? Mom? Magazines? The Internet? Today, there are so many sources for skincare secrets and so many ways to swap eyeliner advice, that it's relatively easy to find beauty info. But it's even better when you have a sister, a brother or a best friend who knows everything there is to know about makeup and moisturizers. It's also awesome when you're schooled in these topics.

If you fancy yourself to be a bonafide beauty expert, this is the quiz for you! It's packed with some of the most commonly asked questions about makeup techniques, skincare products, hair care regimens and more. Can you answer them all? Kick up your feet, slather on a face mask and find out!


01_Serum Which should you apply first, moisturizer or serum?
Moisturizer
Serum
The order in which you put on skincare products makes a difference in the way that they work. Because most moisturizers are fairly thick, it's best to apply serum first so it can properly penetrate the skin.
It doesn't make a difference.
You should mix them in your palm and apply them at the same time.

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02_concealer What color concealer works best to hide pimples and redness?
Green
Green and red are opposite colors on the color wheel, which means that they cancel each other out. As a result, green-tinted concealer is the best way to hide skin problems that cause redness, such as acne or rosacea.
Purple
Beige
Blue

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03_manicure How long does a gel manicure last?
One week
One month
Two weeks
Even if your manicure looks great and has no chips, most professional manicurists recommend getting your gel polish removed and redone after two weeks. Keeping it on longer can cause damage to your nails.
Two months

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04_mascara Do you need to replace old mascara?
No
Yes — every three months
Mascara tubes can be a breeding ground for bacteria, which is why you should replace them regularly to avoid eye irritation and infections. It's also good to invest in a new mascara after having a cold or the flu, and it's never smart to share a mascara wand with another person.
Yes — every six months
Only if the mascara has become dry and flakey

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05_eyelash_perm What happens during a lash lift?
Your eyelashes are curled with a heated curling iron
Your eyelashes are treated with a perming lotion
Lash lifts give your eyelashes a semi-permanent curl that lasts for about six to eight weeks. which is about the length of the lash growth cycle. It's often paired with a lash tint to make lashes even more noticeable.
Your eyelashes are tinted with dye
It's just another name for getting eyelash extensions.

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06_foundation Where's the best place to test foundation?
The wrist
The jawline
To find the shade of foundation that best matches your skin tone, most makeup experts suggest testing it along the jawline, which is where your complexion is most even. If the shade is barely detectable after being blended into the skin, it's the right color for you.
The forehead
The back of the hand

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07_makeup brushes How often should you wash your makeup brushes?
Once a week
To keep your skin healthy and your brush bristles free of bacteria build-up, you should wash your makeup brushes at least once a week with warm water and mild soap or makeup brush cleanser.
Once a day
After every use
You don't need to wash them

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08_split ends What's the best method for getting rid of split ends?
Slather them with serum.
Invest in a high-end hair mask.
Use a deep conditioner.
Get a trim.
Unfortunately, it's physically impossible to heal spit ends. Once hair is dead, it can't repair itself. The only real way to get rid of split ends is to chop them off so they can be replaced with healthy hair growth.

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09_moisturizer Can you skip using moisturizer if you have oily skin?
Yes, oily skin does not need extra hydration.
No, moisturizer is just as essential for oily skin.
You still need to moisturize your skin regularly if it's oily. Skipping this step altogether can lead to an increase in oil production and shininess. Look for lightweight formulas that are non-comedogenic and oil-free.
Oily skin only needs to be moisturized before you put on makeup.
Oily skin only needs to be moisturized before you go to bed.

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10_dark under eye How do you conceal dark under-eye circles?
Cover the area with a layer foundation.
Dab the area with setting powder.
Apply yellow or orange concealer.
Technically, wearing sunglasses will hide under-eye circles, however it's not particularly convenient during the evening or when you're indoors. Instead, use a color-correcting concealer — yellow is best for circles with a deep blue or purple hue, while orange or peach is most effective for canceling out under-eye circles with a brownish tint.
Wear sunglasses.

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11_jade roller What is a jade roller?
A skin care tool
Using a jade roller on your face regularly helps fight wrinkles, reduce puffiness, smooth skin and relax the facial muscles. The tool also helps products like serums and essences more effectively penetrate the skin.
A massage tool
A hair care tool
A nail tool

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12_wash face Do you have to wash your face every night before bed?
Of course!
No matter how tired you may feel, washing your face before bed should be a nightly ritual. Your skin is exposed to so much ickiness throughout the day — dirt, oil, makeup, dust — that cleansing before you crash is necessary. At the very least, keep a pack of makeup wipes by your bed for those late nights when you can't make it to the bathroom sink.
Only if you're wearing makeup
You can skip it as long as you cleanse first thing in the morning.
It's never really necessary to wash your face.

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13_concealer Which should you put on first, concealer or foundation?
Foundation
Most makeup artists recommend putting on concealer after foundation so it doesn't get smudged off the area you intend to cover when you blend in your foundation. You also don't have to use as much when you apply concealer over a layer of foundation.
Concealer
It makes no difference.
Concealer should be applied before and after foundation.

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15_primer What does a primer do?
Smooths skin
Fills in large pores
Keeps makeup from smudging and budging
All of the above
Applying primer before makeup adds an extra step to your routine, but it's well worth the effort. When you use primer on your face, checks and eyelids, your foundation goes on smoother and your color stays on longer.

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16_pimples Is it ever OK to pop pimples?
Technically, no, it's not OK. There's always a risk of infection or irritation.
As tempting as popping a big zit may be, there's always a chance you'll damage your skin (and maybe leave behind a scar) if you do it yourself. But if you can't resist, make sure you wash your hands or wear rubber gloves, and disinfect any tools before using them.
Yes, it's fine as long as you wash your face when you're done.
It's OK to do on occasion; just wash your hands first.
It's only OK if the pimple is cone-shaped and white at the top.

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17_eye liner Is it necessary to replace liquid eye liners?
Yes, every six months
Yes, every three months
Like mascara, liquid eyeliner can attract bacteria and cause eye irritation and infections if it's not replaced on a regular basis. Most formulas also tend to become dry and flakey when they pass the three-month mark.
You really only need to replace them once a year or so.
You don't need to replace liquid eyeliner.

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18_dermatologist When do you need to go to the dermatologist?
When you have a skin issue that won't clear up on its own, such as a rash or scaly patch
At least once a year so you can be screened for skin cancer
If you notice a mole has changed shape, size or color
All of the above
Because it's physically impossible to examine every area of your body yourself (think about your back and your butt!), you should be seeing a dermatologist at least once a year so they can check your skin for pre-cancerous growths.

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20_sunscreen Do you really need to wear sunscreen every day?
Yes, if you want to reduce your risk of skin cancer
In addition to helping prevent skin cancer, sunscreen is essential for keeping your skin looking young and wrinkle-free, even if there are clouds in the sky. Makeup can only be used as a substitute if it is formulated with SPF. You should aim for an SPF of 20 or higher.
No, it's not necessary to wear sunscreen if you have foundation on.
No, you only need sunscreen when you're at the beach or by the pool.
It's OK to skip the sunscreen on cloudy days.

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19_dermal fillers What do dermal fillers do?
Plump skin
Soften the look of scars
Smooth wrinkles
All of the above
Also called soft tissue fillers, dermal fillers are injected into your skin to add volume and firmness. Depending on the type of filler that's used, they are designed to address a wide range of skin issues and can last anywhere from six months to two years.

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21_clumpy mascara What's the best way to fix clumpy mascara?
Use a Q-tip
You should take it off with makeup remover and try again
You should run a brow comb through your lashes
It's always good to have a brow comb or spoolie in your makeup bag for this very reason. If your mascara clumps while you're applying it, a brow comb will remove the excess without smudging the color.
You should wipe it off with a tissue

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22_eyelash curler Should you use an eyelash curler before or after applying mascara?
Before
Eye lashes should only be curled when they are clean and free of makeup. When a lash curler is used on lashes that are already coated in mascara, it can cause damage to both your lashes and your curler.
After
It makes no difference.
You should use it both before and after you apply mascara

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23_wash my hair How often should you wash your hair?
Every day
Every other day
Once a week
It depends on your hair type.
Hair that's straight, thin and/or fine tends to get dirty quickly and requires more frequent washing than hair that's dry, coarse and/or curly. Only hair that's very oily needs to be shampooed every day.

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24_eyeliner Is it safe to use eyeliner on the inner rims of your eyelids?
No, it can cause serious damage.
Yes, if it's applied carefully
Called waterlining, this technique is safe if you have a steady hand. Go slowly and use a kohl pencil with a waterproof formula. Never use liquid eyeliner or powder directly on your waterline.
Only if a professional makeup artist applies it
Only if you do it infrequently

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25_décolleté To what part of the body does the décolleté refer?
The bust
The kneecaps and elbows
The neck, shoulders, back and upper chest
Don't neglect your décolleté (which is pronounced DAY-co-let-TAY) — it's one of the areas where your skin is most delicate. To keep it soft, smooth and wrinkle free, hydrate the area at least once a day with a facial moisturizer and neck cream.
The butt

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26_red lipstick I want to minimize the look of my yellow teeth. What's the best lipstick shade for this?
Nude
Blue-based pink or reds
Pink and red lip colors that feature blue undertones tend to make teeth appear whiter than they actually are. Avoid shades like orange, deep red and nude if you're self-conscious about your teeth, as these colors can amplify the look of yellow.
Deep reds like wine or burgundy
Coral or orange colors

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27_purple shampoo What does purple shampoo do?
Nourishes hair that's dry and damaged
Gives hair a semi-permanent purple hue
Revives dull, brassy color in blondes
The color wheel is at it again! Because purple is the opposite color of yellow on the wheel, purple shampoo neutralizes yellow, brassy tones in fading blonde hair and restore its brightness.
Fights dandruff

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28_moisturizer Can you use regular facial moisturizer to hydrate your under-eye area?
Yes, eye creams are bogus. A facial moisturizer will do the exact same thing.
Yes, but make sure it's a lightweight formula that's noncomedogenic
No! The under-eye area is very delicate and requires a cream that's specially formulated.
The skin around the eye area is very thin and can be irritated by a regular facial moisturizer. In addition, the issues you typically want to address around the under eyes — dark circles and redness, for example — require a specific formula.
You actually don't need eye cream at all. The natural oils in your skin keep that area hydrated.

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29_mascara_panda How do you prevent mascara from smudging and giving you panda eyes?
Apply only one coat.
Use a waterproof formula.
Believe the hype; waterproof formulas really do work! Because they are formulated to dry to a matte finish, most waterproof mascaras will not come off unless they come in contact with an oil.
Wiggle the wand at the base of your lashes before pulling it through.
Avoid wearing mascara altogether.

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30_pores Is it possible to shrink the size of your pores?
Yes, there are creams that are specially formulated to reduce pore size.
Yes, but it requires a professional cosmetic procedure.
No, pore size is genetic.
Unfortunately, it's physically impossible to shrink your pores. But there are plenty of things you can do to minimize their appearance, such as using a makeup primer and exfoliate your skin regularly.
It depends on your skin type.

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31_wash_face Your skin is very oily. What's the best way to minimize shine?
Use a matte formula foundation
Keep blotting papers in your purse.
Wash your face regularly.
All of the above
Washing your face regularly with a cleanser formulated for oily skin will help reduce shininess over time. A matte foundation can also help keep oil at bay, and there's nothing better than blotting papers for an instant fix.

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32_bake_face What does it mean to "bake" your face?
Intentionally expose it to the sun without wearing sunscreen
Use a self-tanner on specific areas like the cheeks and nose
It's a makeup setting technique.
When you "bake" your face, you let translucent powder sit on specific areas (such as under the eyes and around the nose) for five to 10 minutes before dusting it off. The technique allows the heat from your face to set your base foundation and concealer for a creaseless, long-lasting look.
It's a contouring technique using different shades of foundation.

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32_dry_shampoo How does dry shampoo work?
It's formulated with special cleaning agents that dissolve dirt and oil on contact.
It's formulated with alcohol- and starch-based additives that soak up dirt, oil and grease.
While dry shampoos are a great way to reduce oiliness and extend the life of a blowout, they should not be used as a replacement for washing your hair. In fact, using dry shampoo too often can dry out the scalp and cause dandruff.
It covers the hair shaft with a layer of soap.
It cleanses the cuticle with a shampoo-based powder.

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33_basecoat Do you have to use a base coat when polishing your nails?
Nope, this is a totally skippable step.
Yes, applying polish directly to the nail can cause discoloration.
Applying a coat of clear polish to your nails before adding color is one of the best ways to keep your nails healthy, avoid discoloration and prevent colored polish from chipping.
Yes, but only if your nail bed is damaged or bumpy
It doesn't make much difference either way.

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34_foundation You should avoid cream-to-powder foundation if you have which of the following skin types?
Normal skin
Combination skin
Dry skin
All of the above
For the most part, cream-to-powder foundation is intended for people with very oily skin. Because it evaporates on contact, it tends to dry out skin that is dry, combination or normal.

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35_AHAs Are alpha hydroxy acids good for your skin?
Yes! They are beneficial ingredients used in a wide variety of skincare products.
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are naturally occurring chemical compounds that help keep skin smooth, soft and wrinkle-free. Commonly used AHAs in skincare include citric acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid and malic acid.
No! They can dry out your skin and cause breakouts.
Only if a professional esthetician applies them
They are OK in moderation.

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36_hair highlighting What is balayage?
A professional skin conditioning treatment
A specially formulated under-eye concealer
A hair highlighting technique
Balayage is a hair-highlighting technique that involves hand-painting individual strands with dye to achieve a natural-looking gradation of color. In French, the term balayage means "to sweep."
An eyebrow shaping method

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37_Lip liner Which should you apply first, lip liner or lipstick?
Lip liner
Lip liner should be applied before lipstick because it works as a base and creates a barrier around the lips to prevent color from bleeding or feathering. Lip liner tends to be very drying, however, so if you are prone to chapped lips, put on a coat of lip balm first.
Lipstick
Trick question! It's lip balm.
It makes no difference.

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38_foundation_fingers Is it better to apply foundation with your hands/fingers or a makeup tool?
Your hands or fingertips are best.
You should always use a makeup sponge to apply foundation.
It's best to use a foundation brush.
Either is fine; it's a personal preference.
This one is up to you. There's no one right way to apply foundation. For some people, rubbing the product between the hands is helpful because it's warming and makes the foundation easier to blend. Others prefer tools like a dampened Beautyblender because they add extra hydration.

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39_setting Makeup setting spray and makeup setting powder — Is there a difference?
No — they both do the same thing.
Yes — they offer different finishes.
While both products are designed to lock in pigment and prevent makeup from smudging, a setting spray gives the face a fresh, dewy glow, and a makeup setting powder provides a matte finish.
They are meant to be used together.
Spray is better for oily skin.

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40_exfoliate How often should you exfoliate your face?
Once a day
Twice a week
Twice a month
Typically, normal to combination skin should be exfoliated with a mild scrub two to three times a week. If you have sensitive skin, once a week is enough. Most skin types do not need daily exfoliation, as over-exfoliation can cause irritation and redness.
It depends on your skin type.

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