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What's Your Makeup IQ?

Are you a beauty buff or a beauty beginner?

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    Acrylic nails different from gel nails because they are a combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer that harden as they're exposed to air.

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    Tightling is the process of applying eyeliner in the spaces between the roots of the eyelashes to define the lash line.

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    The word cosmetic came from the Latinized form of the Greek word kosmetike, which means "the art of dress and ornament."

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    Frank Toskan, a makeup artist and photographer, and Frank Angelo, a beauty salon owner, founded M.A.C. Cosmetics because they were were frustrated with the way some makeup colors appeared in photos. The two men initially cooked up the beauty products in their kitchen and sold them at the salon until March 1984, when they launched the line from a counter in a Toronto department store.

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    Stippling is the process of applying tiny dots of foundation for an airbrushed effect. You know those flat-topped brushes, usually two-toned black and white? Those are actually called stippling brushes.

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    Gwen Stefani partnered with Urban Decay to launch the grunge-glam brand's first celebrity collection, which featured lipsticks, lip liners, brow powders and a blush palette. The limited-edition collection was released in 2016.

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    Nail polish originates from China

    Nail polish was first created in China as early as 3000 BC, according to historians and archeologists.

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    The official pronunciation of NYX Cosmetics is “Neeks," because it the company was named after Nyx, the Greek goddess of the night (which is pronounced the same way.)

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    Shiseido was not named after its founder

    The Japanese beauty company Shiseido was founded in 1872 by Arinobu Fukuhara, a former Chief Pharmacist of the Japanese Imperial Navy. The other companies were named after their founders.

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    BB cream and CC cream are almost identical products. BB cream is basically a lightweight foundation with a few added benefits, like antioxidants and SPF. CC cream does all of that while also color correcting to mask uneven skin tone, discoloration, or dark spots.

What's Your Makeup IQ?

You're A Beauty Beginner!

Don't sweat it! We've all got to start somewhere. Luckily for you, the internet has basically become an unofficial beauty school thanks to the rise of beauty vlogs and blogs. A good starting place? Beauty vlogs on YouTube and makeup artists on Instagram.

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You're A Beauty Dabbler!

You know enough about beauty to get by without a YouTube tutorial, but you wouldn't call yourself an expert by any means. With just a bit more dabbling (and stippling!), you might discover that you are a makeup lover after all!

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You're A Beauty Buff!

You know how to apply a sick beat when the time calls for it, and you also know a bit about brands. Keep practicing and reading up on your beauty history and you'll be a mastermind in no time!

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You're A Makeup Mastermind!

Your makeup knowledge ranges from technical terminology to random trivia that you've learned along the way. You're also probably the one friends turn to when they need some last-minute makeup. There's a good chance you either attended beauty school or would have liked to in another life! Either way, keep up the beautiful work.

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CORRECTION

NYX is pronounced nicks. An earlier version of this quiz misstated the pronunciation.