What Grade Would You Get on a Makeup Exam?

By: Monica Lee

What Grade Would You Get on a Makeup Exam?
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About This Quiz

Do you dab with your fingertips or blend with a sponge? This answer and 29 others on this quiz will determine what you know about the cosmetic cosmos. You'll be queried on the techniques for applying makeup, how to select the right foundation for your skin tone, the best eyeshadow for your eye color and more. And to be a true makeup maven you'll need to identify the latest trends.  

You'll notice throughout each decade the makeup pendulum swings from one end to the other. In the 1910s you didn't want to be seen "wearing" makeup because that was only for women of the stage - or the street! So the look was pale, with a light lip stain and mascara. The Roaring Twenties swung the pendulum the other way, with dark smokey eyes and ruby red lips. Swinging from the natural, hippie look of the '60s to the '70s disco decade, super bright colors became the makeup of choice. Today anything goes, from dying your eyebrows blue or orange to having a clean, healthy glow. Just be sure you know how to apply your makeup properly to get the results you want. 

Take the quiz now and find out if you make the grade. 

What is one of the easiest ways to enhance your makeup application?
Invest in high-quality brushes.
Invest in expensive cosmetics.
Learn the technique better.
Stop worrying about how you look. That's the easiest way.

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Which brushes do you currently have in your makeup bag?
Fluffy powder brush, blush brush, small blending brush, flat eyeshadow brush, precision angle brush, lip brush
Fluffy powder brush, blush brush, small blending brush, lip brush
I use my fingers to blend, so I just have one or two brushes to finish my look.
I use the brushes that come with the compact blush or eyeshadow.

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How do you hold a brush correctly?
The closer your fingers are to the silver section beneath the brush, the better.
My fingers are at the end for a wide brush stroke.
I didn't realize there was a correct way to hold it, but I seem to manage just fine.
I don't have a brush, so I don't have to worry about that.

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You forgot your angled brush for eyeshadow at home. What do you do?
Wrap my fingers around the fluffy bristles and flatten them.
Dot water on my finger, rub the eyeshadow and press color to my lid.
Take my pinky and rub it in the eyeshadow , then rub it on my lid.
Just forego the eyeshadow. No big deal.

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Is the rule that primer should go on before foundation?
Yes and no. Wear primer, but you can also mix it with your cream foundation and apply for a seamless look.
Yes, that's the rule.
Actually, I just use foundation, no primer.
What's a primer?

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If you want a sun-kissed look, what cosmetic do you use?
Bronzer
Rouge
Foundation one or two tones darker than my skin tone
Instant tan

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Which of these applicators do you use during your morning makeup routine?
Brush, sponge, fingertips
Brush and sponge
Brush and fingertips
Fingertips

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What's the latest trend for applying rouge under the cheekbone?
Apply rouge to the side of your hand and grasp your face under the length of the cheekbone and press.
Use a wide, fluffy brush.
Blend with a sponge.
I put rouge on my cheeks, not under my cheekbones.

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Which lasts longer - cream foundation, liquid foundation or powder foundation?
Cream foundation
Liquid foundation
Powder foundation
Foundation is foundation. They all wear out at the same time.

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How do you thin a round face with blush?
Start blush at the apples, then brush it along the cheekbones to the temples.
Apply blush on the apples and end at the brows.
Dust blush on the apples, then a little across each eyelid and on the chin.
Apply the blush from the apples of the cheeks to under the cheekbones.

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Members of groups like BTS, Twice, EXO and GOT7 bedazzled us with what trend?
Holographic highlights in their hair
Fiery orange hair
Purple hair
Black eyeshadow

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Besides green, what color eyeshadow will highlight your green eyes?
Deep plums and wine
Gold
Silver
Brown

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If you have oily skin, can you use a cream foundation?
Yes, but use a sponge to apply.
No, it's much better to use powder.
Use powder on the T-zone and cream foundation on the rest of your face.
Cream is fine. Just reapply when it wears out.

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What is the latest kind of eye makeup?
Rhinestone
Holographic
Two non-complementary colors
Smokey eye

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What concealer do you use to cover your blemishes?
A green-hued concealer
A yellow-hued concealer
A blue-hued concealer
A red-hued concealer

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If you're blonde and blue-eyed, should you wear black mascara and eyeliner?
No, you'll look harsh.
No, wear brown instead.
Wear one or the other, not both.
Sure, it's your face.

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If gravity is taking a toll and your cheeks are sagging, what should you do?
Apply a sparkly highlighter just above the cheekbone, all the way to the temple.
Apply blush on the cheekbone to the brow.
Apply blush to the hollow of the cheek.
Facelift?

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How do you add definition to the eye?
Sweep a light bronzer through the crease of the eye, apply highlights under the brow, add eyeliner and mascara.
Create cat eyes with eyeliner and mascara.
Use an eye curler, eyeliner and mascara.
Use mascara first, then an eye curler.

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The latest in eye fashion is which of these?
Glitter and winged liner
Eyeshadow surpassing the brow
Eyeliner that goes under and over the lid
Kitten eyes

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Your friend has "spider legs"! What did they do?
They put mascara on the lower lashes with the brush held horizontally, not vertically.
They didn't use a clean mascara comb.
They put too much mascara on the bottom lashes.
They put too much mascara on the top lashes.

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My skin is dry and cakey - what's going on?
You're overwashing your face.
You need to moisturize before you put on makeup.
Your primer is old.
Your foundation is old.

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What's the best way to apply makeup if you have small eyes?
Apply a beige eyeliner to your lower inner rim, then use a black liner along both lids and smudge at the outer corner.
Create a smokey eye.
Apply a black pencil to your upper inner rim, then add mascara.
Wear very colorful eyeshadow.

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Besides blue, what color eyeshadow will highlight blue eyes?
Gold, apricot or peach
Gold or silver
Purple
Green

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Where do K-pop stars wear colorful, graphic makeup?
Nose and cheeks
Cheeks
Chin
Who are we talking about?

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What might happen if you sleep in your makeup?
You could clog your pores and get blemishes.
It can dry out your skin, causing redness and sensitivity.
It can lead to premature wrinkles.
You'll look great when you wake up!

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What's the best way to have clear skin?
Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser.
Keep your pillow cases clean.
Eat a healthy diet.
Use moisturizer.

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What's the best way to apply lipstick?
Line lips with a color similar to your lipstick, color in your lips with liner and apply lipstick.
Line lips and apply a similar color lipstick.
Apply a light color lipstick and gloss.
Apply gloss, add lipstick, apply final gloss.

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If you want to cover dark circles under your eyes, which concealer should you choose?
A peach-hued concealer
A green-hued concealer
A yellow-hued concealer
A blue-hued concealer

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Should you wear waterproof mascara?
No, abrasive makeup removers can damage the lashes.
Occasionally, when you go swimming or when you don't want your mascara to run at a sad movie
Yes, for the summer months - especially if you're sweating a lot or swimming
Absolutely. It beats having mascara running down your face.

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What's the most important makeup technique to learn properly?
Blending
Flawless eyeliner the first time
Flawless lip liner
Moisturizing

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