The Ultimate Makeup Quiz

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The Ultimate Makeup Quiz
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There's a lot of talk these days about makeup ingredients. Are they natural? Are they harmful? Are they tested on animals? If you knew what women used to put on their faces, though, maybe you wouldn't be so worried about the ingredients in your new lip gloss. Hey, it might not be 100 percent organic, but at least it won't slowly kill you, right?
The ancient Egyptians made the first makeup out of ________.
copper and lead
Copper and lead ore were the ingredients in the earliest cosmetics.
zinc and copper
silver and lead

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Why did the Egyptians wear eye makeup?
for good luck
for good health
to ward off evil spirits
The thick kohl eyeliner sported by ancient Egyptians was said to ward off evil spirits and improve eyesight.
to attract the opposite sex

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What type of makeup did the ancient Chinese wear as a symbol of social status?
face powder
red blush
lipstick
fingernail polish
It was more fingernail stain than polish in those days, but the lower classes were forbidden to wear bright nail color. Members of the Chou dynasty stained their nails gold or silver.
eyeliner

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What did ancient Roman women use to lighten their skin?
chlorine bleach
chalk
The Romans had a pretty extensive range of makeup to choose from, including face-lightening creams made with chalk.
talcum powder

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Women from the ancient Roman period through the Renaissance used drops from this poisonous plant to dilate their pupils, making them look sexually aroused.
oleander
belladonna
One theory holds that belladonna got its name, "beautiful lady," from the women who unknowingly poisoned themselves in the name of cosmetic enhancement.
poison oak
larkspur
bleeding heart

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Queen Elizabeth I of England's signature thick white makeup probably contained this harmful ingredient.
lanolin
titanium
lead
White lead paint was de rigueur for fashionable women in Elizabeth's day. It also most likely contained arsenic.
chlorine

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The first mascara was named after the sister of its inventor and spawned this makeup line.
Estée Lauder
L'Oreal
Maybelline
T.L. Williams watched his sister, Mabel, apply petroleum jelly and coal dust to her eyelashes and knew there had to be a better way. Soon, mascara (and, eventually, Maybelline) was born.

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In the early 1900s, George 'the Beauty Doctor' Burchett made a career out of tattooing this on women's faces.
lipstick
The success rate for Dr. Burchett's tattooed lipstick was apparently a little spotty (and can you even imagine the pain?), but women flocked to him.
eyeliner
blush

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What's the world's largest makeup company?
Revlon
L'Oreal
French giant L'Oreal owns Maybelline and Lancome, among others, and commands a 22 percent share of the worldwide cosmetics market.
Estée Lauder

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What cosmetics brand owns the M.A.C and Bobbi Brown makeup lines?
Cover Girl
Revlon
Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder is no slouch, either, with high-end brands M.A.C and Bobbi Brown on its books.

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Every two seconds, a tube of this product is sold in the United States.
Maybelline Great Lash mascara
Great Lash mascara was an instant hit when it was introduced in 1971 -- and it's still going strong.
Revlon Fire and Ice lipstick
Cover Girl Long-Lasting Lipcolor

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What's the top-selling brand of makeup in the world?
Maybelline
Maybelline, thanks to Great Lash, is tops, with 7.4 percent of the market in 2004.
Cover Girl
Revlon
Avon

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This iconic shade was an instant best-seller when Revlon introduced it in a lipstick-and-nail-polish combo in 1952.
Fire and Ice
Revlon revolutionized cosmetic marketing with the Fire and Ice campaign and forever linked the company name with fire-red lips.
Cherry Bomb
Pretty Penny
Ruby Royale
Toast of the Town

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This cosmetics company's longtime slogan, 'Because I'm worth it,' was changed to 'Because you're worth it' and then finally 'Because we're worth it' in 2009.
L'Oreal
Ah, the vagaries of advertising. L'Oreal made these subtle changes in response to market analyses and consumer psychology studies.
Maybelline
Cover Girl
Max Factor

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What's the name of the process that adds permanent makeup to your face?
perma-derma
dermaplastics
micropigmentation
In a micropigmentation treatment, you could get permanent eyeliner, in the form of iron oxide pigment, injected directly into your skin.
cosmaderm

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This common ingredient in 'natural mineral' makeup isn't natural at all -- it's actually an irritant.
zinc oxychloride
zinc oxide
bismuth oxychloride
Bismuth oxychloride is a byproduct of lead and copper smelting that's used in makeup for its shimmery effects. Problem is, it isn't naturally occurring, and it's known to irritate sensitive skin.
titanium dioxide
selenium bichloride

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Studies show that natural cosmetics are much better for your skin than synthetic ones.
true
false
There's little real evidence proving that natural cosmetics are better for your skin.

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Top saleswomen from this cosmetics company drive around in pink Cadillacs.
Avon
Mary Kay
Mary Kay has an all-female sales force, and top earners get the iconic powder-pink Cadillac.
Estée Lauder
Lancome

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About how long should you keep lipstick before tossing it?
three months
eight months
Lipstick's shelf life is only about eight months.
a year
two years

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What clever company is home to such nail colors as Kennebunk-port, Argenteeny Pinkini, La Paz-itively Hot, Teal the Cows Come Home, Silent Mauvie and I'm Not Really a Waitress?
L'Oreal
Maybelline
Lancome
Avon
Chanel
OPI
OPI is responsible for these cleverly named colors.

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