The Top 10 Beauty Questions You — & Everyone You Know — Googled This Year

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Celebrities have professional makeup artists, manicurists, and hairstylists on call should they need an urgent beauty question answered at any hour of the day; for the rest of us, there is Google. The search engine doubles as a judgment-free zone that helps you find plenty of braid tutorials and nail-art hacks to spend five hours testing out on a Saturday night.

Understandably, beauty-related queries prevail as one of the most-searched categories year after year. Google just released its annual list of the most popular questions in 2016, and the results, while illuminating, are not exactly surprising. Check out 10 of the most common searches, then click to get your answer.

How to make your hair grow faster
How to do a smokey eye
How to do nail art
How to make a face mask
How to French braid
How to wash makeup brushes
How to lose wrinkles on forehead
How to get rid of bags under your eyes
How to get bigger lips
How to curl hair with straighteners

Phew, catch all that? This tells us one thing — that no matter how scientifically advanced that new serum is, or how dramatically different that actress looks with her new hair color, it’s always the 101-type lessons people keep coming back for. Which makes sense, considering that curling your hair with a flat iron is a game-changing life skill absolutely worth mastering.

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