Only a True Beauty Addict Can Get 100% on This Quiz



By: Isadora Teich

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Think you're addicted to skin care, makeup and all things beauty? Do you have more lipsticks than ten of your friends combined? Is your evening skincare routine different from your morning skincare routine? People have been doing all sorts of strange things to combat signs of aging, even out their skin tone, make a statement and more, for hundreds of years. From the toxic lead face makeup of the European aristocrats of centuries past to Marilyn Monroe, who reportedly used Vaseline as a moisturizer for that famous glow, people have taken being beautiful very seriously.  

Today we have more options for makeup and skin care than at any other time in history. Ranging from the very cheap to the absurdly expensive, from the tried and tested to the weird and innovative, from the hacky to the scarily effective, there are millions of products out there to try. Whether your tastes run to the colorful or the neutral, or if you are just looking for sunscreen, there is something out there for everyone. Whether you want to be full-glam or glam rock, that look can be achieved at almost any budget.   

If you are a beauty addict with an eye for all that glitters, grab your brushes and blend your way to success with this quiz! 

Which of these should you put on first?

Primer helps to prep the skin for makeup. A solid primer will help you get hours more wear from products.


Dewy foundations often work best on which skin type?

Dry skin lacks moisture and can often look flaky or textured with the wrong foundations. Dewy foundations have a fresh finish that will make the skin look more moisturized.


What lipstick color will make your teeth look whiter?

A true blue-based classic red flatters almost all skin tones. It will also make your teeth look brighter and whiter.


Which of these former reality TV stars has a super successful makeup brand?

Kat Von D gained fame as the star of tattoo shop reality show "L.A. Ink," and after the show ended she launched a successful makeup brand. Available at Sephora, it is known for concealers, eyeliner and bold colors.


Which of these colors is warm toned?

Knowing warm tones from cool tones is key when creating looks that will flatter you. Warm tones fall into the reds and yellows, while blues and greens are cool tones.


Makeup with a satin finish is between ___________ and frost.

Matte shades are high pigment but lack shine, and frost shades have the shiniest finish of all. Satin eye shadows, foundations and other products are in the middle and work best on mature skin.


What do matte products look like?

Matte foundations, eye shadows and lipsticks all lack shine. Matte lipsticks are often more long-lasting than glossy or cream finished, and matte foundations often look best on oily skin.


What does hyaluronic acid do for the skin?

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning that it binds moisture. It helps to keep skin looking plump and moisturized.


Where on your body should you swatch foundation to get the best match?

The old beauty myth that you should test your foundation on your hand or arm is not true. Often people have different skin tones on their face than their hands and arms, due to sun exposure, genetics and other factors.


Who can wear nude lipsticks?

The trick to nude lipsticks is finding one that works best for your skin tone and undertones. This could be a fair beige, light taupe, deep brown or anything in between.


What kind of bronzer should you use to contour?

Contouring works by adding dimension to the face. It tricks the eye as portions of the face which are darker will look further away and de-emphasized. As excessive glitter or shine is not natural to the face, gleaming bronzer will ruin the illusion of naturally chiseled features and just make it look like you have a lot of bronzer on.


Which of these makes eyeshadow more pigmented?

If an eye shadow does not give the color payoff you want, try wetting your brush first. You can use either water or a setting spray.


When do you put on a toner?

While different toners have different benefits, they generally help to further cleanse and nourish the skin. They should be put on after you wash your face, before any moisturizers.


Which brand broke new ground with a super-inclusive foundation shade range?

Many brands, both high-end and drug store, have offered limited shade ranges for years, despite complaints from consumers. Fenty Beauty launched the Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 40 shades, ranging from very fair to very dark.


Which of these skin care ingredients is anti-aging, but needs to be used carefully?

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that helps with cell turnover and boosts collagen for anti-aging effects. However, in high concentrations it is incredibly harsh and is not recommended for people who are pregnant or have sensitive skin.


Which of these makeup products was invented in South Korea?

South Korea is renowned for its skin care trends. The dewy and luminous cushion foundation became popular there before filtering over to the west.


Which of these common skin care ingredients should everyone try to avoid?

Alcohol dries out the skin, which can damage and age it over time. If the first ingredient in any skin care product is plain alcohol, don't buy it.


Which type of lip product has the most shine?

Gloss can help lips look fuller and more prominent. Applying a little bit of gloss only in the center of the lips can make them look bigger.


Which brand is more affordable?

Wet n Wild makeup is available in drug stores across America. Most of their products cost less than $10 and many are under $5.


Which celebrity made contouring popular?

Kim Kardashian's influence on the world of beauty and fashion cannot be overstated. She changed the day's beauty standards and many around the world try to copy her iconic looks through makeup and sometimes even more extreme measures.


What best describes the "Instagram brow"?

Thicker brows are on trend, but the often-mocked Instagram brow takes it to another level. These brows are often dark, shaped with concealer and sharply drawn, and not very natural.


Which brand's makeup is available at drugstore prices, but cannot be bought in drug stores?

Colourpop is an indie brand that's huge online. Most of their makeup costs less than $10.


What SPF sunscreen should you buy?

Dermatologists recommend using sun protection products which an SPF of at least 30 because this blocks out about 97% of the sun's harmful UVB rays. While higher SPFs will block out more, no amount of SPF can block out 100% of the sun's rays.


Metallic eyeshadows often compliment which type of skin best?

Metallic shadows often have an intense metallic or foiled look. Especially in bronze and gold shades, these can look amazing on deeper skin tones.


If you have clogged pores, you should get skincare products with _______ in it.

Charcoal can help draw out the bacteria, chemicals and micro-particles which can get trapped in your pores. These can cause pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and other issues if left in the skin.


If you are very fair, what kind of bronzer will usually look best on you?

Makeup brands often exclude those who are very fair or have very deep skin tones. Many brands make bronzers for what they consider "average" skin tones. These look orange on very fair skin and do not show up at all on deeper skin tones.


Which brand caters to those who like easy, minimal and natural makeup?

If you like a full face of hyper-glam makeup and wear fake lashes every day, Glossier is not for you. However, this trendy brand is ideal for the "no makeup makeup" sort who loves a natural glow in no time at all.


How often should you replace your mascara?

Using old mascara is a sure way to get an eye infection. Be sure to replace yours, whether it has run out or not, every three months.


Which brand offers makeup especially for people of color?

IMAN Cosmetics was founded by the Somali-American former model Iman. It offers a full range of products for women of color.


Why should you exfoliate your skin regularly?

If you don't exfoliate, dead skin can build up on the surface of your skin over time, leading to dullness and clogged pores. Exfoliation helps keep your skin looking healthy and fresh.


Which type of makeup is usually dome-shaped?

Baked makeup is usually dome-shaped and can be applied dry for a natural finish and wet for more color payoff. Eyeshadows and blushes are commonly available baked.


Which of these brands is the most expensive?

Natasha Denona is a world-renowned makeup artist known for working with celebrities, the world's top photographers, and magazines like Elle and GQ. Her brand is expensive, with eyeshadow palettes that cost over $200 and foundation products that cost around $40.


What works best for a natural face highlight?

For a natural highlight effect, use concealer a shade lighter than your face in areas you want to bring forward. Many people highlight beneath their eyes, the bridge of their nose and their chin, but this varies according to individual face shape.


Which tones will compliment light blue eyes best?

Light blue eyes really pop next to neutral brown shadows and liners. This will create a natural look which works beautifully on mature skin.


Which of these brands offers the most vegan options?

Any brand which wants to enter the Chinese market has to test their products on animals first, which is why many brands still do it even though it is not required in the U.S. Kat Von D offers many vegan products and is working toward becoming a fully vegan brand, meaning that their products do not contain animal products or by-products, and have not been tested on animals.


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