Do You Know Enough About Cosmetics to Be a Makeup Artist?


By: Stella Alexander

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." While this is always true, when it comes to makeup, beauty is usually in the eye of the makeup artist. Many people fail to create the perfect winged liner or sultry smokey eyes, but not the professionals! Much of this comes with a natural talent, but it also comes with years of experience and knowledge. From Pat McGrath to Mario Dedivanovic, do you know enough about cosmetics to be a makeup artist?

The makeup industry is huge. There are dozens of brands and companies releasing hundreds of new products every year. While makeup is a billion dollar industry, But it wasn't always that way. During the late 1900s, women focused on makeup, but there weren't nearly as many products on the market. The classic woman might wear powder foundation, blush, and lipstick, in addition to penciling in her eyebrows. While this might have been enough then, hundreds of other products have since launched. There's bronzers and contour kits. You can't achieve that "natural" glow without a highlighter. Makeup wearers have traded in lipsticks for liquid lipsticks. 

Makeup artists have been forced to learn about all these products, but they've also learned ways to completely transform a person's look. From using the correct primer to cancel out redness to knowing the proper highlight points, do you know enough about cosmetics to be a makeup artist? Let's find out!

If you have blue undertones, what kind of skin do you have?

Undertones are an important factor when picking out the proper foundation shade. If you have pink, red, or blue undertones, you have a cool skintone.


What is the name of the contour on the upper lip?

The cupid's bow is the contour found on the upper lip. Many use this area to overline their lips or highlight the area.


If you want to combat a client's oily skin, what kind of foundation would you use?

If someone has oily skin, you would want to counter this with matte foundation. Since matte foundation is said to have no shine, this should slow down oily skin from coming through.


For those who want to blur their pores, what kind of product would they use?

When it comes to blurring out pores, makeup users should use a blurring primer before applying foundation. This will help create an airbrushed appearance.


When one applies excess powder to the face and allows it to sit for a few minutes, what is this process called?

Baking is a popular process in makeup application. Not only does it help to highlight a particular area if using a lighter powder, it also helps promote an even, more flawless look.


What process is used to create shadows on the face?

Contouring is a makeup process used to add shadows to the face. In turn, this allows you to carve out the face and make it look as chiseled as you'd like.


If you have a client who had a lot of redness, what color corrector would you use?

When someone has a lot of redness on their face, this can often poke through their foundation. If you want to combat this, you could use a green color corrector. This will help cancel out the redness.


A fan brush is often used to apply what?

Highlighter is often applied with a fan brush. Since this glow can often appear very strong, a fan brush helps make application look more natural.


While searching for NYX products, would you expect to find them at Ulta or Sephora?

While Ulta sells high-end brands, such as Anastasia Beverly Hills and Urban Decay, it is also known for selling drug store products, such as NYX.


Where would you apply blush?

When it comes to blush, it is applied to the apples of the cheek. This is meant to give the skin a more youthful appearance.


The Colossal Big Shot Mascara is a product of which brand?

Maybelline's Volum' Express "The Colossal Big Shot Mascara" is one of their more popular products in recent months. It comes in black, blue, and purple.


In the drugstore brand, E.L.F., the F stands for what?

E.L.F. is a popular drug store makeup brand whose acronym stands for Eyes, Lips, Face.


Which brand is known for selling the POREfessional Face Primer?

Benefit Cosmetics is a popular makeup brand known for products like POREfessional face primer, Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel, and They're Real! mascara.


True or False: Bronzer is applied to highlight the face?

Bronzer is used to add warmth to the face. It is usually applied around the perimeter of the face.


On which of the following locations would you apply highlighter?

When applying highlighter, this product goes on the high points of the face. These areas are the cheekbones, brow bone, and nose. You might see people also apply highlighter to their upper lip.


How many shades are in the Fenty Beauty foundation line?

In 2017, singer Rihanna released her makeup line, Fenty Beauty. Many consumers were shocked that her initial launched included 40 foundation shades for pale to dark skin.


Which of the following is a drug store brand of false eyelashes?

Ardell is a popular drug store brand of false eyelashes known for their "Demi-Wispies" and "Wispies" set.


MAC has the Prep & Prime Fix+ Setting Spray. Which brand is known for the All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray?

Urban Decay is a popular brand that has a few products for which they are well-known. Their "All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray" is among one of the most popular.


Which of the following is a product of Urban Decay?

Urban Decay is a higher end brand that sells many famous products. In addition to their line of "Naked" palettes, they also have their best-selling All Night Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.


Which indie makeup brand is known for its Ultra-Matte Lipsticks and Supershock Shadows?

Colourpop is an indie brand that got its start in 2014. They began with selling fast-drying and transfer proof matte lipsticks as well as pigmented eyeshadows.


Is Pixi Beauty a drug store or high-end brand?

Pixi Beauty is a drug store brand that you won't find at all drug stores. Almost exclusive to Target, it's a London-based brand named after Petra Strand.


The Shade + Light Palette is a product of which brand?

After spending years as a tattoo artist, Kat Von D turned her business hat towards the makeup industry. She is known for full-coverage makeup equipped to cover up inches and inches of tattoos.


If a person of color is suffering from hyperpigmentation, what color corrector would you use to combat this?

Peach color correctors are specifically used on people of color who have dark marks or hyperpigmentation on their skin. It helps cancel out the darkness before makeup application.


Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is a product of which drug store brand?

L'Oreal Paris is one of the biggest makeup companies in the world. In their drug store brand, L'Oreal, they are well-known for their "Infallible" line of makeup which includes the Pro-Matte and Pro-Glow options.


"Vampy" lips are usually associated with which season?

"Vampy" lipsticks are deep, dark colors that usually range in the red/purple family. They are heavily associated with the fall season.


Which luxury band is known for its Touche Eclat Blur Primer?

While many brands start off in the fashion industry, they often move into beauty. YSL is known for its Touche Eclat Blur Primer.


If you wanted to purchase Cover FX Custom Enhancer drops, in which of the following stores could you find them?

Cover FX is a higher brand that you won't find at any drug store. The company is known for their Custom Enhancer Drops which can be applied directly to the face or mixed in with complexion products.


Which brand is known for their Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer?

Make Up For Ever has a group of popular facial primers. They are used to either mattify or hydrate the skin.


How much is a BeautyBlender?

All BeautyBlenders are beauty sponges, but not all beauty sponges are BeautyBlenders. BeautyBlenders are often considered the elite blending sponge. They'll cost you $20 each.


If you have a warm skin tone, your undertones are all but which of the following?

A warm skin tone means the person has yellow, peach, or golden undertones. If you have red undertones, you have a cool skin tone.


Nars is known for their very popular concealer. What is its name?

NARS is a very popular brand that is well-known for its complexion products. Their Radiant Creamy Concealer is one of the best-selling at Sephora and comes in 24 shades.


If you wanted to purchase the MAC Prep & Prime Fix+ Setting Spray, you'd find it at which of the following stores?

MAC is very exclusive and you won't find it in every store. While you definitely won't find Fix+ at Sephora, MAC does sell a few products on the Ulta website, including their setting spray.


If your veins LOOK green, what undertone would you have?

If someone's veins look green, that's because they have a warm undertone. While the pigmentation surrounding the veins is actually blue, since warm skin tones have yellow/golden undertones, they appear green.


Which of the following YouTube beauty influencers has a product with Anastasia Beverly Hills?

While all of these influencers have collaborations with other brands, Nicole Guerrero released a highlight palette with Anastasia Beverly Hills in 2017.


Makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic released an eyeshadow palette with which of the following brands?

Popularly referred to as Makeup by Mario, makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic released the Master by Mario Palette with Anastasia Beverly Hills in early 2017.


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