The Bad Habits of Beauty Quiz

By: Monica Lee

The Bad Habits of Beauty Quiz
Image: Andreas Kuehn / DigitalVision / Getty Images

About This Quiz

When something looks good on you when you're young, say, wearing thick blue eye shadow, it may not be the right look for you as you get older. Your skin tone, hair color, skin firmness all change with each decade, and you need to change your makeup and application techniques right along with it. Don't get stuck with bad habits and the same old routines. 

Take a fresh look at your beauty regimen and see what should be switched out, updated or left to the side of the road as you embrace today's new colors, fashions and hairstyles. This quiz will help you uncover a number of bad habits you may have developed over the years. And, you'll learn whether or not you can identify these practices as being unacceptable. From not using sunscreen protection on a daily basis to using rough pillowcases, you'll find a comprehensive list of beauty faux pas that must be avoided at all costs. It's time to break the chains that bind you to bad habits. Pick up a fresh bag of makeup supplies, find that perfect natural light, and make the most of your beauty! This quiz will help you banish the bad beauty boo boo's for good! 

Which of these is a bad habit in the world of beauty?
Using a mild cleanser to wash your face
Washing your face three times a day
It is ideal to wash your face twice daily – once in the morning, and once at night, before you go to sleep. if you're washing your face more than that you may get dry, flaky skin. It is best to use a mild, gentle cleanser.
Moisturizing nightly
Brushing your hair with a comb

Advertisement

One of these is a "no, no" when it comes to habits. Which one?
Sleeping with your makeup on
Sleeping in makeup is not a good idea, it can lead to eye irritation, wrinkles, clogged pores, broken eyelashes and more. It's an easy habit to fall into, but don't.
Sleeping more than 8 hours a day
Applying sunscreen before you go out
Applying makeup on moisturized skin

Advertisement

Don't make this habit-forming, what is it?
Not moisturizing before you apply makeup
Applying makeup on dry skin is one of the biggest makeup mistakes, which can make the face look dull, cracked, old and tired.
Moisturizing in the morning and evening
Moisturizing your face and neck
B & C

Advertisement

Your face should be wrinkle-free before you put on foundation. What bad habit may be putting wrinkles there?
Face stretching exercises
Sleeping on a rough pillowcase
Your skin gets thinner as you age, so little things like a rough pillowcase can have a big effect. To avoid wrinkles, consider swapping your old pillowcase for a silk pillowcase. Ooh la la!
Laughing too much
Eating chocolate

Advertisement

When it comes to putting on makeup, what bad habit should you break?
Applying it under fluorescent light
Applying it under natural light
Applying it in a shadowy room
A & C
The light around your makeup mirror is trying to replicate natural light. It's better to actually use natural light if you can, even when it's easier to put on makeup in the fluorescent light in your restroom at work!

Advertisement

The foundation stops at the chin, what bad beauty boo boo is this?
Not blending
If you can tell there is a hard start and stop to your makeup, then you haven't blended properly. It can look comical, so add the GOOD habit of blending your makeup after you finish putting it on.
Not picking the right color foundation
Not using the right light to put on makeup
Not wearing enough makeup

Advertisement

Which one of these a beauty blunder?
Putting on foundation first
Putting on concealer first
If you put on the foundation first, you can see the type of coverage you are getting before you put on a concealer. If you have a blemish, after you put on the foundation and concealer, cover with translucent powder and apply only the concealer (again) on the blemish.
It doesn't matter either way.
Depends whether I have blemishes.

Advertisement

How do you know if you have the bad habit of putting too much foundation on your skin?
Your skin will look shiny.
Your skin will look cakey.
Too much foundation will make your face look cakey. Foundation doesn't need to cover your face. You can just put it on cheeks, nose, and the under eye areas to have a more natural look.
Your skin will look splotchy.
Your skin will look dry.

Advertisement

Which of these is a regular routine that needs to be improved?
Wearing SPF on the days you remember to do it
Not wearing SPF when it's cloudy
Not wearing SPF in the winter
All of the above
Simply make wearing SPF before you go out a habit. You can get sunburned when the clouds are out and in the winter. Sun exposure contributes to wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin, zapping your beauty.

Advertisement

What bad habit are you compensating for if you need an eyebrow pencil?
Staining your eye lashes
Not wearing any eye shadow
Over plucking your eyebrows
If your eyebrows are thin and unbecoming due to over plucking, use a eyebrow pencil or dark eye shadow (applied with an angled brush) to thicken and shape your eyebrows.
None of the above

Advertisement

What bad habit has you wearing the same eye makeup whether you're at a party or walking the dog?
Only buying nude eye shadows
Only buying sparkly eye shadows
Only buying one type of lipstick
A & B
If you want to look the same all the time, then it's fine to only wear one kind of eye shadow. But most people like to "dress up" their eyes for special occasions so be sure you have the supplies on hand or you'll never get out of this habit.

Advertisement

Raccoon rings around your eyes is a bad habit to wake up to. How did you do that?
Slept with mascara on and rubbed my eyes
Sleeping with mascara on = bad habit. Doing that will also clog the pores around the eyes which will irritate the eye and possibly give you an eye infection.
Tried a new way to put on my makeup
Wore eye shades
Used a humidifier

Advertisement

What is an unfortunate pattern you might fall into when you use shimmery eye shadow?
Only using it under the brow
Using it over the entire lid, up to the brow
Using it both over and under the eye
All of the above
Shimmery eye shadows, when used over the entire eyelid, can look extremely shiny and, well, over the top. Use shimmery eye shadow only on the inner eye area, and a matte shadow for the rest to make your eyes sparkle.

Advertisement

This is a beauty blunder (and bad habit) for people with blond hair and blue eyes. What is it?
Using black eyeliner
Black is a no-no if you have blond hair and blue eyes. Only wear black if you have a darker skin tone, or else you can look very harsh.
Using brown eyeliner
Using both black and brown eyeliner
Using pink lipstick

Advertisement

Which of these is the worst faux pas when wearing eyeliner?
Circle the eyes in black, including the waterline.
Don't put on too much eyeliner. And if use the eyeliner on the waterline, you won't open up the eye, you need a nude pencil for that. It's easy to get into this habit as a teen and keep it as an adult. Try not to fall into that trap.
Pick a lighter color for your bottom lids.
Apply liner to three-fourths of the upper eyelid, no more.
Sweeping upward slightly

Advertisement

If you're putting on concealer this way, you have a bad habit. Which way is the wrong way?
Ring only the under eye with concealer and blend with fingertips.
Ring the eye above and below with concealer, and blend with a sponge.
Dot a few drops of concealer on the bone below your eyes and blend it up.
A & B
Gravity pulls the skin under the eye downward, so if you're not using an upward stroke to blend your concealer you can expect wrinkles. The correct way is to dot the concealer on the bone below your eyes and blend it up.

Advertisement

Eyeliner can be habit forming. When should you kick the habit?
When you are drawing harsh, marker-like lines
Unless you're off to a fashion, goth or arty event, don't use your eyeliner to make harsh, marker-like lines. Use a pencil liner instead for soft, natural, beauty-enhancing lines. That's the correct habit you want to start following.
When drawing kitty eyes
When using a pencil instead of liquid liners
When checking for smears every so often

Advertisement

Which of these is a bad beauty rut?
Using a mascara two shades darker than your lashes.
Applying three or four coats of mascara.
Using mascara that's older than four months.
B & C
The best way to ward off clumpy eyelashes is to apply only one or two coats of mascara at most, and dump any mascara that has been in your makeup case for over four months. Get out of this beauty rut by purchasing a new mascara.

Advertisement

It's an easy habit to get into since you apply the mascara to the top lashes in the same way as you apply mascara to your bottom lashes ... but what happens?
Your eyes look beautiful.
Your eye lashes stick together.
You have "spider leg" lashes.
To avoid "spider leg" lashes, hold the wand vertically and apply. Otherwise, the bottom lashes will clump together and draw the wrong kind of attention to your eyes.
Your eyes are watering.

Advertisement

What's a bad practice you can get into with water-proof mascara?
Wear it year-round
If you wear water-proof mascara year-round, you'll end up hurting your delicate lashes with daily makeup remover. Your eyelashes could even start falling out from the wear and tear.
Only wear at weddings, where you'll cry
Only wear it when you're swimming
Never wear it and have smudgy-looking eyes

Advertisement

Lip liner, lipsticks, even lip stains can't hide this bad habit that gives you lip lines as you age. What is it?
Licking your lips
Frowning too much
Drinking from a straw
Regularly using a straw can contribute to wrinkles around your mouth (not to mention that straws just aren’t good for the environment.) It's a better habit to sip straight from the cup.
Getting migraines

Advertisement

Get in the habit of buying this type of concealer if you have dark circles under your eyes. Which one is best?
A peach-toned concealer
A peach-toned concealer cancels out the blue and is best to use with dark circles. A green-toned concealer helps hide red blemishes. And a yellow-toned concealer is best to use on large areas of your skin. Get in the habit of buying the right makeup for you.
A green-toned concealer
A yellow-toned concealer
Any of the above

Advertisement

Which beauty slip-up is below?
Using a hair dryer
Using a hair straightener
Using a curling iron
Using a bronzer all over your face.
Use a bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face -- so on your cheekbones, the top of your forehead, and the jawline. Not your entire face.

Advertisement

Which of these routines should you dump if you're currently doing it?
Washing your pillow cases every 2 weeks
Using an astringent on your pimples
Drawing harsh lip lines to outline your lips
No sharp lines. But what you can do is draw the outline and then fill in your entire lips with a lip liner that suits your lipstick shade and then cover it with lipstick.
Conditioning your hair

Advertisement

When choosing a foundation color, what is a bad habit waiting to happen?
Choosing a color one shade lighter than your face.
Choosing a color one shade darker than your face.
Choosing the same shade as your face.
Choosing a color three shades lighter than your face.
Don't make it a habit to apply a bad foundation color for your skin color daily. The right shade of foundation should match or be very close to your skin tone. A lighter foundation accentuates the blemishes, fine lines and it's obvious you're wearing makeup.

Advertisement

Which of these is a faux pas in choosing lipstick color?
Stick to colors that are natural.
Stick to colors that suit your skin tone.
Stick to dark shades.
A lipstick can make or break your look. And dark colors can make you look older, and not in a good way. If you do go in for dark colors, make sure the rest of your makeup is light.
Wear tinted lip stains.

Advertisement

Don't get into this bad habit, as it looks worse as you age. What is it?
Using face powder
Face powder emphasizes fine lines and wrinkles. It is best to use it only on your T-zone, and try and avoid it completely as you age.
Coloring your hair
Curling your hair
Moisturizing your neck

Advertisement

It's not your fault, you weren't taught how to put on blush correctly. What bad habit are we describing?
Clown cheeks
This is what happens when you put on blush without shaking the excess off the brush and putting it on your face. Also if you've put it on without having some foundation on your face, it will hard to blend and make it look natural.
Pinching your cheek to make a natural blush
Putting Vaseline on chapped lips
Mixing makeup brands

Advertisement

Getting into the habit of not washing your hair as much? It only becomes a bad habit if you do what with the dry shampoo?
Put it in your hair immediately after you washed it.
Don't wash out the build up after one or two uses of the dry shampoo.
You still need to wash your hair after one or two uses of the dry shampoo, otherwise the chemical build-up will make your hair look dull and dry.
Hold it six inches away from your hair while spraying.
Wait patiently for the baby powder to absorb the oil.

Advertisement

Which one of these unpleasant habits can cause headaches for others?
Sleeping on your back
Blow drying your hair when it's still wet
Wearing too much perfume
Too much perfume can be offensive. And overdoing it can cause allergies and headaches in others. Only those in a near embrace should be able to smell you.
Wearing eye shades to bed

Advertisement

When you want to really "wow" an entrance, this bad habit rears its ugly head. Which one is it?
Highlighting everything on your face
Either play up your eyes or your lips. Too much makeup on both will make you look well ... weird. Your face is competing with itself.
Matching your lipstick to your nail color
Matching your nail color to your eye shadow
Over-whitening your teeth

Advertisement

A faux pas in application can make this happen. Which one is it?
Curled hair
Manicured nails
Spinach in your teeth
A runny eye
If you applied eye shadow without a primer, then you can expect "runny eye" or runny eye shadow as the evening wears on. Get into the habit of using primer and you'll look great all evening long.

Advertisement

Which bad habit may make you have yellow teeth?
Smoking
Drinking coffee or black tea
Not brushing your teeth
All of the above
Yellow teeth can distract from your overall beauty. Quitting smoking, drinking clear liquids and brushing to keep your teeth looking nice and white can all help in making a beautiful smile.

Advertisement

Which of these bad habits can cause premature wrinkles around the eyes?
Too much reading
Too much texting
Not wearing sunglasses
Sunglasses can actually protect the skin around your eyes from the aging effects of the sun. This means fewer wrinkles, as well as protection against cancer and cataracts.
Not wearing a scarf

Advertisement

A brand new outfit? What bad habit can ruin the new look?
Matching your makeup to the fabric
Don't compete with your outfit, complement it. Makeup artists believe that if your clothes are vibrant, it is best you go with neutral makeup, and vice versa.
Sheer hosiery
Sheer nail polish
Getting the outfit at a discount

Advertisement

You Got:
/35

Featured