The Beauty Quiz

Jane Andrews

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About This Quiz

Are you obsessed with skincare products? Mad about makeup trends? Does Sephora sometimes feel like your second home? If so, we think you'll ace this ultimate beauty quiz.

There are plenty of people in the world who care about how their hair, skin and makeup looks. And then there are the tried-and-true beauty gurus. The people who know about every new product launch, can name every shade of Essie nail polish and have tried every sheet mask, ampoule and serum known to man. Their bathroom drawers are overflowing with lip glosses and balms, and their shower shelves are packed with the latest shampoos, conditioners and treatments. They watch YouTube tutorials on repeat and often make their own. These are the bonafide beauty junkies, and we think you might be one of them. Are we right?

Take this quiz and find out! It's filled with questions that only a true beauty lover would know, from the latest skincare innovations and industry trends to the tips and tricks that all makeup mavens rely on. It's like a glam version of the SAT, but much more fun. Ready to unleash your inner beauty expert and show us what you've got? Answer all of the questions below!

How often should you replace your mascara?

Most beauty experts advise switching out your mascara at least every three months, as harmful bacteria can grow in the tube over time. It's also a good idea to get a new container after you've been sick or have had an eye infection.

Which of the following household products can smooth away frizzy flyaways in a pinch?

It may sound a little out there, but this hair hack works because dryer sheets are designed to eliminate static cling. Lightly skim a sheet over your flyaways when needed, or stick a sheet onto your hairbrush and gently stroke the frizz and static away.

What does M·A·C stand for?

Founded in 1984 by a makeup artist and a photographer, M·A·C was bought by the Estée Lauder Companies in 1994. It's known for its many creative pop culture collaborations with artists and brands such as Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Proenza Schouler.

When speaking about perfumes, what are pulse points?

Perfume is activated by body heat, so pulse points are areas of the body that are typically warm. They include the wrists, behind the ears, inside the elbow, at the bottom of the throat and behind the knees.

Which cosmetics company created the famous "Maybe She's Born With It” tagline?

The "Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline" advertising campaign was first introduced by the brand in 1991. The catchy slogan caught on instantly and is still used by the company today.

Professional makeup artists love a good makeup primer — do you know what it does?

A primer creates a layer between your skin and your makeup that helps prevent slipping, smudging and smearing. Primers also ensure a smooth application by filling, pores, lines and creases in your skin.

What's the name of Rihanna's beauty line?

Fenty Beauty was an instant hit when it launched in September of 2017, reaching a $72 million value just one month after its release. With more than 40 different foundation shades, the brand has become known for its emphasis on inclusivity.

What type of pillowcase material is recommended for preventing sleep lines and wrinkles?

Many beauty experts swear by their soft, satin pillowcases. The theory is that because the material is smooth and slippery, it won't cause friction or pull on your skin, which can cause fine lines and wrinkles. Satin pillowcases can also help your hair and minimize frizz.

What is the purpose of purple shampoo?

Because purple is the opposing color of yellow on the color wheel, the cool colored pigments in a purple shampoo neutralize warm shades, cancel out brassy tones and restore brightness in blondes.

This special type of manicure can last up to three weeks without chipping or peeling.

These long-lasting manicures use a special type of gel-based nail polish that's firmed under a UV light instead of air-drying. The color stays shiny for weeks, though you can't merely swab it off with nail polish remover. The removal process takes some time and is usually done in the salon.

Makeup artists swear by this simple eyelash-curling hack. What is it?

Similar to the way a curling iron works on your hair, a heated eyelash curler helps lock the curved lash in place so it can hold the curled shape longer. Be careful when trying this out, though — the metal around the lash pads can get very hot, so make sure to let it cool before using.

What is a Beautyblender?

Launched in 2003, the Beautyblender is an innovative makeup sponge that creates a smooth, streak-free finish. It works best when damp, and absorbs a minimal amount of product, so you don't waste a drop of your favorite foundation.

What is microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing process that's used to create full, natural-looking brows. The pigment is applied with a hand-held tool featuring several tiny needles and drawn in small strokes to mimic the look of real brow hairs.

Do you know the difference between a BB cream and a CC cream?

Though it's still lighter than traditional foundation, CC cream (which stands for “complexion correcting” or "color correcting") is more focused on minimizing imperfections and evening out skin tone.

What color concealer is best for hiding redness and blemishes?

Because green is the opposite of red on the color wheel, a green concealer is your best bet for neutralizing red-hued skin imperfections such as pimples or broken capillaries.

This iconic perfume was the first fragrance to come from a fashion brand.

Coco Chanel launched what would become her signature fragrance in 1921. As beauty lore has it, the scent she selected was fifth in a line of samples presented to her, which is how the perfume's famous name came to be.

While this face firmer has been around for centuries, it only recently became a must-have beauty tool thanks to oodles of exposure on Instagram.

Beauty lore has it that this tool was first used by the Mayans and ancient Egyptians to smooth skin, reduce puffiness and relax facial muscles. For an extra awesome cooling sensation, store your jade roller in the fridge.

Which product should you apply first — serum or moisturizer?

Layering skincare products in the proper order is essential to achieve the best results, and most skincare experts agree that serum should be applied before moisturizer so it can penetrate the skin properly.

What's the name of Kim Kardashian's makeup line?

KKW Beauty, which stands for Kim Kardashian West, launched in the summer of 2017. According to "Money" magazine, the line brought in $14.4 million in revenue less than three hours after first going on sale.

What is balayage?

Balayage is a term that comes from the French word meaning "to paint" or "to sweep," and is a freehand highlighting technique that creates natural-looking color with a multi-tonal finish and less noticeable regrowth.

Which classic drugstore mascara is more than 45 years old?

This iconic mascara, with its recognizable green cap, has been one of Maybelline's top-selling products for nearly 50 years. According to the company, one tube of Great Lash is sold every 1.5 seconds around the world.

Who owns the natural health and beauty company Goop?

Paltrow first launched Goop in 2008 as a weekly newsletter offering advice on wellness topics such as diet, nutrition and skincare. The company has grown enormously in the past 11 years and now offers beauty and skincare products, nutritional supplements, clothing and more.

What is a spoolie?

A spoolie is a terrific tool that's a must for any makeup bag. In addition to brushing brows into place and softening eyebrow pencil markings, you can also use it to separate eyelashes and remove mascara clumps.

If you've made an appointment for an eyelash lift, what's about to happen?

A lash lift is just like a perm for your eyelashes. Instead of enhancing your lashes with dye or extensions, a lash lift curls your natural lashes and then treats them with a special formula to hold the curl. The effect typically lasts six to eight weeks.

What do alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) do?

Look for AHAs in your skincare creams' ingredients — they help keep your complexion smooth, radiant and wrinkle-free. Commonly used AHAs include glycolic acid, malic acid, citric acid and lactic acid.

Which of the following celebrities does not have their own makeup line?

Celebrity makeup lines have become increasingly common in recent years. Drew Barrymore founded Flower Beauty in 2013, Jessica Alba launched Honest Beauty in 2015, and Victoria Beckham recently announced she'll be debuting her own beauty line later in 2019.

Since its launch in 1999, this scandalously named shade of blush by NARS has become a cosmetic cult classic.

François Nars, the founder of NARS, told Allure magazine that he intended to use a risqué shade name for this blush. "I actually first created the name, then the shade," he said. "I wanted something shocking."

What does SPF stand for?

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. They also advise that you look for formulas that are broad-spectrum and water-resistant.

What are oval brushes used for?

Oval brushes are amazing multitaskers. Large sizes can be used to seamlessly blend foundation, powder, blush and bronzer, as well as skincare products like serums and moisturizer. Smaller sizes are great for applying concealer, eyeshadow, highlighter and eye cream.

Do you know what micellar water is used for?

While it's been used by the French for years, micellar water only recently became popular in the U.S. Composed of micelle molecules that are like magnets for dirt and oil, this multi-tasking skincare product gently removes makeup while cleansing and toning the skin.

What is a kabuki brush used for?

Kabuki brushes are designed to evenly distribute products like translucent powder, blush and bronzer over large surfaces of the face, such as the cheeks, nose and forehead. It creates a very natural-looking coverage.

What does the "K" in K-beauty stand for?

Korean skincare products have recently experienced a surge of popularity in the U.S. From sheet masks and moisturizers to essences and serums, these potent K-beauty products are designed to promote healthy, hydrated skin and a natural look.

What extremely popular face scrub is formulated with walnut shell powder?

Walnut shell powder and apricot fruit extract are the two secret ingredients that make this beloved, cult-classic face scrub so effective. No wonder it's been a bestseller since the '90s!

This popular beauty influencer launched their own cosmetics line in 2013.

With more than 35 million Instagram followers, Huda Kattan is one of the world's biggest beauty influencers. Her makeup line, Huda Beauty, is worth an estimated $1 billion, according to "Forbes."

What's the best way to cover up dark under eye circles?

A yellow color-correcting concealer will cancel out under-eye circles that have a deep blue or purple tinge, while an orange or peach-based concealer is best for hiding eye circles that have more of a brownish tint.

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