Only a True Makeup Maven Could Get a 100% on This Quiz
By: Lauren Lubas
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About This Quiz
Expert makeup artists have been creating names for themselves for years. Additionally, since YouTube has popularized tutorials people have become more and more interested in makeup and makeup techniques (this is because some of the most professional techniques look easy when we see other people do them). However, when you take this quiz, it isn't going to matter if you're a certified expert or just a YouTube-tutorial junkie. You can get the status of makeup maven if you know the answers to all of these questions, and though you might not be getting paid what the professionals get paid, you're definitely going to prove that you're on the right track. Fair warning: These questions are going to get a little tough at times, but if you power through, you may find that you're more of an expert that you originally thought (and we'll give you the results to prove it).
Do you think you have what it takes to tell us the difference between blending and blotting? Will you be able to properly name the brush we should be using for specific techniques? Take this quiz to see where you stand on a scale from newbie to maven in this intense makeup quiz.
What do you call the egg-shaped thing if it's made out of silicone?
The silicone blender wasn't a trendy thing 15 years ago, but since beauty bloggers have been going nuts with them, so have beauty enthusiasts. They help you apply your foundation and blend your products seamlessly.
Can you tell us what the clear powder you put on your face after you've applied your makeup is called?
Setting veil is also known as setting powder or translucent powder. If you are worried about makeup smudges, your makeup being too shiny or your facial oils secreting, using setting veil can help with all of these things.
What should you do to your lips before applying lipstick?
Exfoliate and moisturize
If you exfoliate and moisturize your lips before you apply lipstick, you avoid cracking and chipping of your pigments. These steps help keep your lips healthy and give them a more puffy look. Here's a handy tip: Exfoliate them with a toothbrush and lip balm.
A loose-powder makeup was released in the early 2000s. Do you know what it was called?
When you boil it down to its essence, all makeup is mineral makeup, because all makeup is made by minerals. However, when the mineral makeup kits first hit the shelves, people were in love with how easy it was to apply and blend.
Using short and fast strokes helps you keep the textured look for your eyebrows while it gives you a thicker and fuller look to your browline. This is an excellent technique to help you ensure you keep a natural look as well.
For what product would you use the short-bristled stiff brush?
Eyeliner brushes are the skinny short-bristled brushes that look almost like pencils. They help you make accurate strokes with liquid or gel eyeliner products. They are easy to handle and don't hold too much product.
How often should you wash the makeup off your face if you use it daily?
At least once a day
If you wear makeup every day, it's important to wash it off when your day is over with. If you're having a long day and you need to apply additional makeup, be sure to remove every last trace of it before you go to bed, because it can clog your pores.
What kind of nail polish helps you avoid chipping?
Don't get jealous when you see people with unchipped nails. It can be difficult for people to keep their nails in good shape, but if you use gel nail polish, you might have a better chance of keeping your color longer.
Many makeup lovers think that setting spray is optional. However, for those who want to make sure their makeup stays right where it is, this product is essential. It also helps you avoid smudging and smearing.
When should you use the pat-and-smudge technique for your lipstick?
When you want to be bold
When you don't have any left
When you want lipstick on your cheeks
When you want just a hint of color
For a more natural look, you can pat a little bit of lip color on your lips and smudge it around. This technique gives you just a hint of artificial color while your natural lip color and shape still comes through.
Women have two areas that need the most attention on their face: the T-zone and the U-zone. These areas create a map that shows you where you should pay the most attention during different steps in the beauty process.
Do you know the name for various eye pigments that can make your eyes look bigger?
Eyeshadow can be a very scary thing when you aren't sure how to blend. Luckily, various tools can help you. When it comes to choosing the right eyeshadow color, you have to first think about the color and shape of your eyes.
Do you know what product to use to make your eyebrows look fuller?
In the 1990s, thin eyebrows were terrific, but these days, you actually want something above your eyes. Brow gel was specifically created to give your eyebrows a fuller look without the fear that it will smudge or smear.
Can you tell us the best product to hide the dark circles under your eyes?
Concealer can be used for many things; among them is hiding those dark circles under your eyes if you've had a long night or you simply always have them. This is one of the best tools to use before applying foundation.
If you apply highlighter next to your nose, it might make it look a little bigger, which is fine if that's what you're going for. But the best place to put highlighter is above your cheeks and the inner corners of your eyes.
The blush brush is shaped very much like a foundation brush or a powder brush, except it's a little shorter. This brush is the perfect size and shape to apply any blush you might add to your makeup kit.
Apply slightly darker foundation or powder on the sides of it
Just a touch of darker foundation or powder can help your nose look a little smaller. You don't have to go all out and get a shade at the opposite end of the spectrum, but maybe one or two shakes deeper will work.
What is it called when you have a natural nail color with a white tip?
French-tip nails are a great way to show elegance as well as class. They aren't too much, and they look very professional. Many people are adding tiny embellishments to French tips as a current style choice.
Do you know what people who lived in Elizabethan times used as eyeliner?
We absolutely do not recommend you use coal or charcoal as any form of makeup. It can make you blind, and it is flammable ... And not to mention how bad it smells (not that people in the Elizabethan era cared about smells).
Lipstick does come in a liquid form. You can apply it with a wand that comes with the product or you can use a brush to apply it as well. Liquid lipsticks generally have a deeper color that lasts longer.
When preparing your eyebrows, what direction should you brush them?
Use a spoolie (mascara wand) if you don't have an eyebrow brush or comb. Before you even attempt to go near your eyebrows with a pigment, make sure that they are brushed, otherwise you're in for disaster.
Makeup wasn't always a way to bring out your natural beauty or to make a statement. In the Roman era, men used makeup to show where they landed on the social hierarchy; more specifically, they used lip pigments.
If you've ever opened up a tube of mascara, you have seen a spoolie. While some beauticians call them mascara wands, they can go by either name. They are necessary for applying even amounts of mascara.
What should you do if you want to apply a lipstick shade that is lighter than your own lips?
Add extra lipstick
Trace around your lips with the lipstick
Never use a color lighter than your skin
Apply concealer first
When using a lighter shade of lipstick (for example, nude lipsticks or light pinks), you should always apply a little bit of concealer first. This will help the actual color of the lipstick you've chosen to stand out.
Before applying liquid foundation, what should you do to your tapered brush?
Dip it in oil
Bend it to your liking
Dip it in water
Foundation brushes work best when they are a little softened, so the best thing to do is to dip it in warm water before you start applying the makeup. If you are prone to overheating, consider dipping it in cool water (just not too cold).
Is there a better way to get longer eyelashes without applying falsies?
Eyelash extensions are a semi-permanent solution for short, thin eyebrows. They help your eyebrows look longer in a more natural way than mascara or even false lashes can, and they aren't too expensive.
Do you know what the flat, tapered brush is used for when applying makeup?
While a lot of people attempt to avoid liquid foundations, they are actually applied more evenly, and the flat, tapered brush helps with the application of liquid foundations as the base of your entire makeup kit.