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Test your makeup smarts with our quiz about the basics of healthy makeup habits.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What's the most important part of your makeup bag to wash?

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The correct answer is: Anytime you use makeup or your makeup bag, germs on your hands can contaminate it. Make a practice of periodically wiping down the inside and outside of all cosmetics cases and makeup bags with soap and water.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eye makeup can cause styes.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Prevent getting a stye by washing your face and cleaning your eyelashes every day with makeup remover, rather than just soap and water. This will help you avoid rubbing your eyes excessively to remove makeup, which can irritate eyes and spread bacteria that causes styes. If you do get a stye, pitch any makeup you've been using.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What should you use to wash makeup brushes?

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The correct answer is: Get the bristles sudsy with shampoo, then rinse and hang to dry with the bristles pointing down.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: All-natural makeup presents a higher risk for bacteria.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Because these and other "all-natural" products contain no preservatives, or may have non-traditional preservatives or other ingredients derived from plants, they can be more likely to harbor bacteria, thus posing a greater risk for infection.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What percentage of makeup testers at makeup counters is contaminated by bacteria?

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The correct answer is: A two-year study of germs at makeup counters found that 100 percent of samples were contaminated with bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus, strep and E. Coli. So think twice before you try that tester in the store. Ask a salesperson if unopened samples are available.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Layering makeup too thickly causes which of the following skin problems?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Your skin needs regular exposure to oxygen for heat exchange and to expel toxins from the sebaceous glands. It can't breathe and is more likely to break out when suffocated beneath an excessively thick layer of makeup.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Do you have to stop wearing makeup to avoid acne?

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The correct answer is: Some foundations, concealers and blushes contain oil that can clog pores. This creates a condition in which bacteria thrive, resulting in acne. If you have acne, choose only oil-free, water-based brands that are non-comedogenic -- that is, they are specially formulated not to plug pores.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What purpose does salicylic acid serve in makeup?

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The correct answer is: Salicylic acid helps to unclog pores and break down whiteheads and blackheads.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What percentage of the population is allergic to makeup?

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The correct answer is: Research suggests that as much as 10 percent of the population will have some sort of allergic reaction to a cosmetic during their lifetime.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: The term "hypoallergenic" on makeup products is regulated.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The term hypoallergenic is not legally regulated; that is, it's a term any manufacturer is free to use on any product. It's true that if you are allergic or sensitive to certain ingredients found in regular skincare or cosmetic products, you might be better off choosing a product labeled hypoallergenic. But be aware that there is still some risk that these products can aggravate allergies or sensitivity, too.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What is an alternative to makeup remover?

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The correct answer is: Makeup removers can be pricey, and they may irritate some people's eyes. For an alternative, try baby shampoo. It contains lauric acid, which is derived from coconut oil and acts as a natural counter-irritant, leaving you tear- and blotch-free.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

When are fragrance-free products better for your skin?

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The correct answer is: Fragrance-free products may be better for your skin if you are allergic or sensitive to perfumes or other additives. The most common cause of skin reactions -- such as a rash, itching and blotchy skin -- is the fragrance added to a product.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Why is mineral makeup often recommended for people with sensitive skin?

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The correct answer is: Mineral makeup is good for people with sensitive skin because there are fewer fillers and preservatives. Also, it tends to absorbs oil and allows the skin to breathe.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How often should you replace mascara?

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The correct answer is: Eye makeup -- such as mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow -- typically expires more quickly than other cosmetics due to the risk of eye infection. Some experts recommend replacing mascara three months after purchase. If your mascara becomes dry, throw it away. Don't use water or, worse, saliva to moisten it. This is a good way to introduce bacteria into the product.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What conditions can cause makeup to go bad?

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The correct answer is: Makeup stored in very warm conditions may go bad before the expiration date. If the color of your makeup changes or it develops a strange smell, throw it away.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What do antioxidants in makeup products do?

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The correct answer is: When used on the skin, antioxidants such as green tea extract and vitamin C have anti-aging effects. They can help stop or slow the process of oxidation caused by free radicals and keep the cell membranes more stable.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Lipstick worn under lip-gloss protects your lips from the sun.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Wearing lipstick underneath your gloss serves as a sunblock. Alternatively, use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30 underneath your lip gloss.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Tinted moisturizer with SPF is a good substitute for sunscreen.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Cosmetics, including tinted moisturizers, that come with a sun protection factor (SPF) can protect your skin from everyday sun exposure when you're outside for a few minutes at a time. For longer periods of sun exposure, apply a true sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Also, reapply at least every two hours.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: The FDA approves the safety of all cosmetic products in the U.S.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Manufacturers of cosmetic products do not have to get approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before bringing these products to the market.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How can you avoid toxic ingredients in makeup?

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The correct answer is: A dermatologist can provide you with a list of potentially problematic ingredients, particularly if you have had a reaction to a cosmetic product. Not everyone reacts the same way to specific ingredients.

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There are so many options for cosmetics, at any price point you like. Whether you're using drugstore or high-end brands, you'll want to make sure the makeup you use treats your skin well to prevent skin problems like clogged pores ...

and blemishes. If you have sensitive skin, you'll want to look for products labelled hypoallergenic. Get answers to questions about ingredients in cosmetics, tips for application and guidance on product safety with expert advice from Sharecare.
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