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The Ultimate Makeup Quiz

There's a lot of talk these days about makeup ingredients. Are they natural? Are they harmful? Are they tested on animals? If you knew what women used to put on their faces, though, maybe you wouldn't be so worried about the ingredients in your new lip gloss. Hey, it might not be 100 percent organic, but at least it won't slowly kill you, right?

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  • 10 Common Makeup Mishaps

    10 Common Makeup Mishaps

    A makeup mishap may not kill you, but it could hurt your appearance -- and your self-confidence. Before you give up on cosmetics for good, try these tips for avoiding makeup blunders and putting your best face forward. See more »

  • 10 Must-have Items in Your Makeup Bag

    10 Must-have Items in Your Makeup Bag

    Many women consider makeup a must-have -- they simply won't leave home without it. However, what differentiates makeup luxuries from makeup needs? We've got the 10 makeup items that you should always have handy. See more »

  • 12-hour Lipstick

    12-hour Lipstick

    It's a busy world, and most women have a to-do list a mile long. A jam-packed schedule doesn't leave time for frequent pit stops to reapply lipstick. Is the all-day lipstick an advertising myth, or has chemistry come to the rescue? See more »

  • 5 Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics

    5 Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics

    Like us, the Egyptians used cosmetics to accentuate beauty and to protect skin from the harsh climate. What perfumes, soaps and makeup did they use? See more »

  • 5 Iconic Cosmetics

    5 Iconic Cosmetics

    Certain cosmetics, just by their name or signature packaging, entered our childhoods and came to symbolize the very essence of femininity and beauty. We've got five famous products that have set themselves apart from the pretty-making pack. See more »

  • 5 Tips for Applying Makeup to Dry Skin

    5 Tips for Applying Makeup to Dry Skin

    If you have a dry complexion, applying makeup can be a challenge. Sponges and even the daintiest of fingers may worsen red, flaking skin, but these tips can help you keep your makeup smooth and your skin healthy. See more »

  • Can I become addicted to lip balm?

    Can I become addicted to lip balm?

    Constant use of lip balm is a very real part of many people's lives. But is lip-balm addiction a valid medical condition? See more »

  • Could I be allergic to makeup?

    Could I be allergic to makeup?

    You were so excited to get that bronzer as a gift with purchase with your new mascara. But every time you use it, your face itches like mad. Could you be allergic to your new makeup? See more »

  • Does this match? Your Skin Tone and Colors

    Does this match? Your Skin Tone and Colors

    Are you a summer, autumn, winter or spring, and what does that even mean? Test what you know about matching colors with your skin (and hair) tone in our quiz. See more »

  • Does wearing lipstick protect you from cancer?

    Does wearing lipstick protect you from cancer?

    Although we don't often think of it, our lips are easily exposed to the sun's harmful rays when we venture outside. If you're wearing lipstick, does the popular cosmetic help or harm your chances of getting skin cancer? See more »

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