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Inspired Quiz: Do You Have the Right Attitude About Cosmetics?


Did you know that makeup can sometimes be bad for you? When it comes to being healthy, making the right decisions and having a good perspective about makeup and other cosmetics is just as important as taking your vitamins and exercising! Take our true/false quiz and see if you’re a cosmetics ace!

1. It’s a good idea to share makeup with your friends. It’s fun and you also get to try makeup that you didn’t have to buy!

2. Once you’re a teenager, you shouldn’t leave the house without wearing some makeup.

3. The packaging that makeup comes in usually keeps it fresh and safe for you to use so you shouldn’t have to worry about it.

4. There’s no expiration date on makeup so you should be able to use it until it’s all gone.

5. There is one standard of beauty that every girl should strive towards which can include using makeup, dieting and dying your hair to achieve that look.

6. Skin problems can be caused by fragrances and preservatives in products like makeup and lotion.

7. Throwing away any makeup if the color changes, or it starts to smell is a good idea.

8. Never use aerosol sprays near heat or where people are smoking, because they can catch on fire.

9. Hypoallergenic cosmetics are safe for everyone.

10. You are beautiful just the way you are.

Don’t look until after you’ve taken the quiz. 🙂


1. False. Sharing makeup can also lead to serious problems. Cosmetic brushes and sponges pick up bacteria from the skin. And if you moisten brushes with saliva, the problem can be worse. Washing your hands before using make-up will help prevent this problem. If you have an eye infection like pinkeye, don’t use any makeup until it clears up and throw away makeup that you were using when you picked up the infection.

2. False. God made you beautiful just the way you are. You should feel comfortable and happy with the way you look just the way you are as well as the kind of makeup you choose to wear.

3. False. Packaging can only do so much to keep your makeup safe to use. Be sure to keep makeup out of the sun and heat. Light and heat can kill the preservatives that help to fight bacteria. Don’t keep cosmetics in a hot car for a long time. Don’t go to sleep with makeup on – when eye makeup gets in your eyes it can cause your eyes to get blood shot as well as scratch your eyes. Using makeup safely is all about smart habits!

4. False. Mascara for instance, should be thrown out after three months. Here’s a handy guide to help you know when to throw out your makeup: Bella Sugar’s Makeup Throw Away Guide.

5. False. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and color. Regardless of what you see in the magazines, you have your own unique beauty that you should be proud of! Flaunt it, girl!

6. True. Fragrances and preservatives are the leading cause of skin problems from cosmetics. If you think that cosmetics are causing break outs, opt for products that are fragrance-free. These are some common preservatives that can cause skin irritation and should also be avoided when possible:

  • Paraben
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Quaternium-15
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Formaldehyde

7. True!

8. True. Be very careful about where you use aerosol sprays like hairspray. Additionally, aerosol sprays are not great for the environment. And smoking, as we all know, is terrible for your health (even second-hand smoke!) and can wreak serious havoc on your skin (love your body – please don’t smoke!).

9. False. Hypoallergenic (hy-po-al-ler-gen-ic) cosmetics are products that makers claim cause fewer allergic reactions than other products. However, these products do not have to be FDA approved to be hypoallergenic – the term can mean whatever the manufacturer wants it to mean. So, be sure to read labels, including those for “all natural” products. Some products that have “natural” ingredients can cause allergic reactions, too. If you have an allergy to certain plants or animals, you could have an allergic reaction to cosmetics with those things in them. For example, lanolin from sheep wool is found in many lotions. But it’s a common cause of allergies too.

10. True, true, true! 🙂

How do you feel about makeup?

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Source: womenshealth.gov

Image: Lightstock


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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by misssproat on June 24, 2012 at 13:34

    Okay here’s what I believe: Every girl is beautiful. If you do use make-up, use it to enhance your beauty. Like if your eyes are green, for instance, certain eye shadow colors will make your eyes pop.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by faith1234sassy on June 7, 2012 at 20:41

    i have acne and dont know what else to do

    • maddiemae

      Posted by maddiemae on May 8, 2014 at 14:12

      I have severe acne and scarring on my face that I sometimes correct with a foundation cosmetic! The best for covering acne are Bare Mineral’s “Original” foundation (Go to a Bare Essentials store – they will help you pick out the right shade. But ask for one with a “yellow undertone” to help counteract the redness of the acne. Trust me – it works) However, Bare Minerals is really expensive. If you are wanting to explorer a cheaper option, try Lo’Real True Match. You can most likely find this at your local drugstore (Like Walgreens or Walmart) with the help of a (female) cashier. If you are a MAC junkie, get one of their foundations. Personally, I have never used MAC because there isn’t one in Alaska, but you could always give it a try! Also, ask for a Flattop Kabuki Brush (Kah-boo-key) to apply the makeup. I have found this works best for me. Heres how I apply the makeup:

      1: Start out with a primer or moisturizer. This is going to help your skin keep the makeup on your face – even if you are using just concealer on your acne, a primer will help! Don’t skip this step!

      2: Make sure your brush is clean. Make sure to wash your makeup brush at least once a week with a brush shampoo. The ones at the drugstore are fine, but if you can afford it get the Bare Essentials or MAC one.

      3: Apply the foundation. Now, if you are using a powder foundation, you are going to want to swirl some into the brush and buff into your skin using circular motions. DONT BE TOO HARD! Be gentle! You don’t want to irritate your skin. But remember – the more you buff, the more it will cover! Now, if your using a liquid foundation, you are going to want to pump a little bit onto the back of your hand. A little goes a long way! So start with a little and work your way up. Dip the brush in and buff.

      4. wash it off at night! Very important!

      Have fun!

  3. loveaubrey

    Posted by loveaubrey on May 9, 2012 at 16:52

    LOVE this quiz! thanks!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by BeStillAndBreath98 on April 30, 2012 at 16:57

    I dont wear makeup cause I keep my face clean! I moisterize,wash and tone it EVERYDAY. I dont get zits or anything like that cause I keep it clean.I had dark spots all over my face,now there gone.But this took almost 1 year and a half to complete.Anyways someone put makeup on me once and it was pretty but it felt like my whole face was clogged up and couldnt breath (my pores).Im more so of a heel/wedge,handbag person.Love me a pair of pumps!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by beautyplusbelief on April 27, 2012 at 12:56

    k so I dont “paint” my face everyday, i use foundation and mascara, eyeliner sometimes….. but i am a make-up junkie to i have bought so much stuff… it helps though too now that ive got this stuff (and i practice for fun in the afternoons) i do some of my friends make-up when they go somewhere special, like a wedding 🙂

  6. emma4623

    Posted by emma4623 on April 24, 2012 at 17:50

    cool, i think nmakeup should be for specail occasion

    • diamand-in-the-rough

      Posted by diamand-in-the-rough on May 11, 2012 at 18:53

      i usually don’t wear it but sundays are a good excuse to brush and some natural eyeshadow and lipstick

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by ctayluvjesus on April 17, 2012 at 05:18

    One day, a lady from Arbonne came ad gave a seminar at my house about how to take care of yourself ect. She said that anything you put on your skin can get absorbed into your bloodstream…tatoo ink, CERTAIN BRANDS (see labels) of liquid makeups, CERTAIN lotions and shampoos/ect…so after hearing that, i threw out all of my old makeup, saved my money for more, and since then i have been buying natural ingredient (with right precautions) makeup and stuff like it. Thanks nicole for this info too! <3

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by elizno on April 12, 2012 at 13:11

    I never use eyeshadow… I can’t pull it off. I’m pretty good about throwing away makeup though 🙂

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Bri27 on April 12, 2012 at 08:33

    I wear make-up rarely i wear little foundation sometimes

  10. Posted by on October 25, 2011 at 12:11

    I don’t NEED makeup, My friends wear it but I don’t. My lashes are dark and long, my complexion is great… who needs makeup??? 😀

  11. Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 18:01

    got em all right. i however always wear makeup because it makes me feel good about my self 🙂

  12. Posted by on October 10, 2011 at 06:20

    I got them all tight but the last 1 😀 lol, i try not 2 be superficial, tho 🙂 cuzz our bodies were made from dust, and after we die, they’ll be dust again, soooooo 🙂

  13. Posted by on October 4, 2011 at 11:51

    I don’t see the big deal about makeup. It just makes people think you look like that originally. when my best friend started wearing makeup i noticed the difference immediately, but my other friends didn’t.

  14. Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 09:56

    You need to change the picture for this article. She’s covering one eye. That’s the sign of Horus, the Egyptian god of death.

    • Leftie

      Posted by Leftie on April 7, 2017 at 19:24

      I’m unsure where you got that idea, but a simple Google search for “Horus” would have cleared up the confusion, if you bothered. Horus’s mythology is one of the most extensive of all Egyptian deities. Mainly, he was considered the Egyptian God of the Sky. The internet is a free recourse.

    • Posted by on October 10, 2011 at 06:23

      its not fullly covered, and i dont think any1 will even notice 🙂

  15. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 22:44

    One place that is kind of nice for make up and other beauty products is Jafra. My mom has been using that since she was a teenager and her skin is GORGEOUS. Their make up is good too. I hardly have any zits since I use the Jafra stuff. You should check them out sometime =) http://www.jafra.com/corporate/home

  16. Posted by JamieDorman on September 28, 2011 at 21:55

    Also other irritating preservatives are methylisothiazolinone and methochloroisothiazolinone. They are often fine in wash-off products but should not be left on the skin! They are often used to replace parabens, but they are actually worse. Parabens actually have a very low risk for irritation according to multiple peer-reviewed and published studies. I highly recommend reading the British Journal of dermatology for some great information!

  17. Posted by JamieDorman on September 28, 2011 at 21:51

    Some makeup does have an expiration time on it. It usually has an open jar and a number inside of that jar like 12M This means that the product will be good after opened for at least 12 months. Some products that are very old that have not been opened should not be opened and this should not apply, but for everything bought recently this is a good guideline.

  18. Posted by on September 24, 2011 at 11:32

    I love makeup! I’m not very creative, so it’s like my own form of artwork. It’s just very fun to me 🙂

  19. Posted by on September 21, 2011 at 17:11

    I got all of them right! I’m O-B-E-S-S-E-S-E-D with makeup. I must recently bought a eyeshadow palette and it has all the colors you can imagine. I love being creative with the makeup. Although, I only put on mascara, lipstick, eyeshadow and maybe blush. Most of the time I’m all naturale. 🙂

    • Posted by Nicole on September 21, 2011 at 22:12

      I love makeup too so much! What’s your fave makeup brand?

      • Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 13:43

        At this point I’m crazy about BH Cosmetics, but I started with Wet ‘nd Wild. I do want to try some of the super expensive brands like L’Oreal and the such.

  20. Posted by on September 16, 2011 at 12:11

    when i start wearing make up in high school, I WILL NOT WEAR A LOT. My mom gave me and my friends these individual samples (don’t worry there was no sharing) and i couldn’t stand all the cheek stuff. I only will really be applying lipgloss and mascara, maybe lip stain every once in a while.

  21. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 11:47

    i used to wear alot of make-up but only for dance because we had to wear alot cause of the lights. now i rarely wear makeup except for some lip gloss or shiny chapstick and occasionally waterproof mascara. i tend to be very emotional so i hate it when i cry and have mascara on and it makes me look like lady gaga.

  22. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 09:15

    Good post…I don’t have any problems leaving the house without makeup as long as my face is clean and I’m just going to the library or store. Otherwise, I have so much fun with makeup!

  23. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 07:28

    MASCARA GOES BAD AFTER 3 MONTHS?!!!!????!!!??? whoops

  24. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 18:18

    I feel that this puts down girls who do wear makeup. I wear makup, but it makes me feel more put together, like I didn’t just role out of bed. I know God made me beautiful, but a little bit of foundation to cover up zits isn’t bad. Is it? I feel more put together than I do without makeup.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 8, 2011 at 18:36

      I do too!! I wear makeup almost everyday. This quiz was just to make sure you girls know some important tips about makeup, how it can be harmful, etc. But you go girl! (I’ve actually been wearing makeup since I was 13, but shh!) 😀

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by tayreagh on May 16, 2012 at 20:13

        I am 13 i wear eyeliner & mascara

      • Posted by on September 9, 2011 at 15:38

        I’m 13 and I wear it 🙂 but not a lot 🙂

  25. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 17:46

    Make up is nice! I love making myself feel pretty! It’s not always about the end result of make-up. For me, it’s about the fun of getting ready! 🙂 But I hope no girl forgets that we are fearfully and wonderfully made! Great quiz, Nicole!

  26. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 16:53

    I wear mascara almost every day, but other han that, I don’t even own much makeup. If I’m dressing up, I wear blush and eyeshadow, maybe eyeliner, but I don’t have time for a looooong beauty routine. Besides, JEWELRY is so much fun! I can make it myself exactly how I want it.

    • Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 22:41

      I love making my own jewelry =)

  27. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 16:47

    I got all of them right haha xD

  28. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 14:25

    this is why i dont wear makeup 😛

  29. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 10:23

    My parents won’t really let me wear makeup. Except for lipstick. But girls- remember we are beautiful without makeup, but it does make us feel prettier. 🙂

    • Posted by Nicole on September 8, 2011 at 12:43

      yes you girls ARE gorgeous without makeup! (That’s what I’m trying to show with the “Me without Makeup movement!” 😀

  30. Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 09:51

    oh i forgot mascara goes bad after 3 months. Thanks! I was watching a show and some people used hairspray for something and it exploded so everyone should be careful.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 8, 2011 at 12:44

      ooh yes! thanks for adding that one! I have to remember this one. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a mascara that makes your lashes fuller but doesn’t flake? Mine aaalllways flakes!!

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by tayreagh on May 16, 2012 at 20:11

        One by One by Maybeline! It is a MUST!!! I never have clumpy lashes!

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Ksumrell on April 14, 2012 at 19:21

        I love clinique mascara! It has always worked great for me, and it never clumps. A great tip for seperating lashes and preventing clumps is to take an eyebrow comb and run it through your lashes after you apply mascara. It gives it a softer more romantic look, plus it seperates the lashes that have stuck together.

      • Posted by on November 25, 2011 at 16:06

        Covergirl mascaras never flake for me! My favorite flake-free high end mascara is Lancome Hypnose, not the Hypnose Drama one, though. It comes in a few different shades of black and brown, waterproof or regular (regular is the best, it’s creamy), and it thickens and lengthens. 🙂

      • Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 19:17

        E.L.F. Has a great mascara, “Lengthening & Volumizing” VERY good quality, no flake, or clump… $3 bucks at Target AND NO animal testing!!!:DDD Its a dream lol

      • Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 09:13

        Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ waterproof is the BEST! never flakes, is truly waterproof, and makes lashes look so full and pretty! plus, it’s a good price 🙂

      • Posted by on September 9, 2011 at 15:37

        I use Mary Kay ultimate Mascara or Mary Kay Lash Love mascara I think it works pretty well 🙂

      • Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 20:29

        You could try Covergirl or Maybelene. Thanks for this quiz. That’s why I only use eyeshadow and lipgloss becuase my skin is sensitive.

      • Posted by on September 8, 2011 at 16:17

        Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition- the original one. For waterproof: Make Up For Ever Aqua Smokey Lash. Both are at Sephora.

      • Posted by Nicole on September 8, 2011 at 18:15

        ooh I’ll check those out!! thanks Brooke 😀