What's Your Makeup IQ?


By: Jouviane Alexandre

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When it comes to the world of makeup, are you a novice or professional? From prepping and priming to baking, how well versed are you in the world of beauty? Let's find out with this quiz!

Which of these processes goes before applying foundation?

Primer is an important step before applying foundation. Primers have the ability to blur pores, even texture, and reduce the look of fine lines.


What does the 'CC' in CC cream stand for?

The CC in 'CC cream' stands for color corrector. The product is made for the purpose of helping even out discoloration on the face.


Which of the following has the lightest coverage?

For those looking for a very, VERY light foundation, a tinted moisturizer is the way to go. While the product is mostly made to help moisturize the skin, it comes tinted to add the smallest bit of coverage and help even out the skin.


Which of these items is used for adding shadows to the face?

Many confuse bronzer and contour for having the same purpose. Bronzers are used to add warmth to the face. Contour products are used to create shadows to the face, helping to create angles and dimension.


Transclucent Loose Setting Powder is made by which brand?

Laura Mercier is a brand that was named after French makeup artist, Laura Mercier. The cosmetic line is well known for their secret brightening powder, as well as their translucent loose setting powder.


Which of the following is not a product of the brand Urban Decay?

Urban Decay is a popular cosmetics brand that is well known for their series of 'Naked' eye shadow palettes. The brand is also known for their eye shadow primer and their setting spray.


Which two processes go hand in hand?

When it comes to makeup application, contour and highlighting go hand in hand. The contour is used to create shadows on the face, while the highlight works in the opposite way, by bringing light to the face.


What color corrector is used to counter redness?

When applying makeup, color correctors are used to counter any discoloration on the face. Those plagued with redness can use a green color corrector to mute out the color before applying foundation.


Tightlining is done on which part of the face?

Tightlining is a process that is done on the eyes. It is when eyeliner is taken and applied between the hairs of the lashes.


Which celebrity launched Fenty Beauty in 2017?

In 2017, Rihanna launched her makeup line, Fenty Beauty, which includes 40 foundation shades, as well as a collection of highlighting and contour products.


What is often the last process of makeup application?

While many makeup process can go in any order we so choose, some steps are meant to go in specific places. Applying setting spray is usually the last step of makeup application because it seals in all previous products originally applied to the face.


Which of these brands is considered 'drug-store?'

From the brands listed above, Maybelline is the only brand considered to be 'drugstore,' meaning that the products can be found in drugstores such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Target. The other brands are considered 'high-end.'


Highlighter shouldn't be applied to which of the following locations?

Highlighter is meant to highlight the 'high' points of the face. This includes the brow bone, nose, cheek bones, cupid's bow, and chin.


What does E.L.F. stand for?

E.L.F. is a popular drug store brand that based their name on what their products are for, the eyes, lips, and face.


Which of these products is meant to help blur pores, reduce fine lines, and even out texture?

Primer is an important step in the makeup process because it sets the base for your entire face. Many primers are targeted towards fixing problematic skin such as large pores, wrinkles, and texture.


Which of these is not an undertone for the skin?

When it comes to picking the right complexion products, knowing your undertone is important. Cool undertones are said to be pink or reddish hues. Warm undertones favor yellow/golden. Neutral undertones, although sometimes confusing, are a mix of the two.


Which brand is the manufacturer of the popular Modern Renaissance eye shadow palette?

Created by Romanian Anastasia Soare, Anastasia Beverly Hills is a makeup brand well-known for their eye shadow and highlighter palettes.


Which of these is not a process in applying makeup?

While toning might be essential in your skincare routine, it has no place in your makeup routine. Toners help even out skin tone.


Which of these is not a foundation finish?

'Glossy' is not a foundation finish, but a similar idea would be a dewy finish. A dewy finish means there is a glow to the skin. Matte refers to the skin being completely free from shine. Satin is a softer finish that has a more natural, skin-like appearance.


Blotting papers are used on what?

If you have oily skin, blotting papers should come in handy! They are made to be used to remove excess oil from the skin.


What color corrector is used to counter dark circles or marks?

While green color correctors are used to mute out redness, peach or orange correctors can be used to cancel out dark marks and circles.


Where on the face will you find the cupid's bow?

The cupid's bow is a common place to apply highlighter. It is located at the top of the mouth, the curve reacted by the contours of the upper lip.


What is the best location to test foundation shades?

When picking foundation shades, it is best to try out the shade along the jaw. This area tends to be the darkest area of the face and will allow you to pick a shade that won't appear ghostly against the area.


A fan brush is used to apply what product?

A fan brush is commonly used for applying highlighter to the high points of the face. The design allows for a lighter and more controlled application.


Which company is known for their teardrop shaped beauty sponge?

Beautyblender is known for their innovative makeup applicator that comes in the form of a beauty sponge. The $20 sponge is meant to be damp before applying products like foundation and concealer.


Where is blush meant to be applied?

Blush is meant to add a natural flush to the face. The product is meant to be added to the apples of the cheeks.


Which of these makeup brands isn't real?

You might have swag, but you won't find it in your makeup drawer!


Which of these is not a type of eyeliner?

Eyeliner comes in various forms, the different forms have different depths of color. In addition to pencil, gel, and liquid, there is also kohl liner.


Which of these processes go hand in hand?

As previously mentioned, makeup processes can go in many different orders, but foundation and concealer work hand in hand. They are both products that help to hide imperfections and even out the skin tone.


Which of the following is not a Tarte product?

Tarte is known for many products which include their Amazonian clay line, as well as their best-selling shape tape concealer. The brand Nars is known for their popular creamy radiant concealer.


Which company is known for their POREfessional face primer?

Benefit Cosmetics is known for their popular POREfessional face primer that retails for $49.


If someone is battling with oily skin, they would most likely want their foundation to have what finish?

If someone has oily skin and wants to counter it with their makeup, they would look for a foundation with a matte finish. A matte finish means that after applying the foundation, the skin would have an oil-free look.


Which of these products should not be applied in the hollows of the cheeks?

Blush should not be applied to the hollows of the cheeks. Foundation may be applied for coverage, while bronzer can be used to warm up the area and a contour can be used to create a chiseled look.


What is the process called where one allows powder to sit on parts of the face before dusting the excess away?

Baking is the process where one allows powder to sit on the face to set the makeup and add slightly more coverage. This application is often used underneath the eyes.


Which of these makeup brands is NOT owned by L'Oreal?

L'Oreal is one of the biggest makeup companies in the world. With many subsidiaries, L'Oreal owns Lancome, Urban Decay, YSL, Giorgio Armani, Maybelline, and NYX.


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