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The Bad Habits of Beauty Quiz
BEAUTY & FASHION
By: Monica Lee
6 Min Quiz
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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?
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.
One of these is a "no, no" when it comes to habits. Which one?
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.
Don't make this habit-forming, what is it?
Applying makeup on dry skin is one of the biggest makeup mistakes, which can make the face look dull, cracked, old and tired.
Your face should be wrinkle-free before you put on foundation. What bad habit may be putting wrinkles there?
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!
When it comes to putting on makeup, what bad habit should you break?
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!
The foundation stops at the chin, what bad beauty boo boo is this?
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.
Which one of these a beauty blunder?
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.
How do you know if you have the bad habit of putting too much foundation on your skin?
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.
Which of these is a regular routine that needs to be improved?
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.
What bad habit are you compensating for if you need an eyebrow pencil?
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.
What bad habit has you wearing the same eye makeup whether you're at a party or walking the dog?
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.
Raccoon rings around your eyes is a bad habit to wake up to. How did you do that?
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.
What is an unfortunate pattern you might fall into when you use shimmery eye shadow?
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.
This is a beauty blunder (and bad habit) for people with blond hair and blue eyes. What is it?
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.
Which of these is the worst faux pas when wearing eyeliner?
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.
If you're putting on concealer this way, you have a bad habit. Which way is the wrong way?
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.
Eyeliner can be habit forming. When should you kick the habit?
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.
Which of these is a bad beauty rut?
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.
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?
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.
What's a bad practice you can get into with water-proof mascara?
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.
Lip liner, lipsticks, even lip stains can't hide this bad habit that gives you lip lines as you age. What is it?
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.
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 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.
Which beauty slip-up is below?
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.
Which of these routines should you dump if you're currently doing it?
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.
When choosing a foundation color, what is a bad habit waiting to happen?
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.
Which of these is a faux pas in choosing lipstick color?
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.
Don't get into this bad habit, as it looks worse as you age. What is it?
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.
It's not your fault, you weren't taught how to put on blush correctly. What bad habit are we describing?
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.
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?
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.
Which one of these unpleasant habits can cause headaches for others?
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.
When you want to really "wow" an entrance, this bad habit rears its ugly head. Which one is it?
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.
A faux pas in application can make this happen. Which one is it?
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.
Which bad habit may make you have yellow teeth?
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.
Which of these bad habits can cause premature wrinkles around the eyes?
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.
A brand new outfit? What bad habit can ruin the new look?
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.
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