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Makeup Glossary: Terms Every Makeup User Should Know

Makeup Definitions all Users Should Know

  • Ablation: A surgical method that eliminates tissue by employing techniques of burning or freezing.
  • Acne: A dermatological condition marked by the occurrence of pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads.
  • Adult Acne: A form of acne prevalent in adults, often linked to hormonal shifts.
  • Aerosol: A cosmetic product dispersed through a can as a fine mist.
  • Ampoule: A tiny, one-time-use container filled with makeup product.
  • Anti-aging: Refers to products or methods aiming to diminish visible signs of the aging process.
  • Applicator: A broad term referring to instruments used for applying cosmetic products.
  • AppliquΓ©: A little decorative piece, often of fabric, affixed to a surface.
  • Arched brow: The eyebrow shape that curves upward like an arch.
  • Baking: A technique for applying foundation that results in a seamless, flawless complexion.
  • Base makeup: The combination of foundation and concealer forming the initial layer of makeup.
  • BB cream: A hybrid cream that fuses skincare benefits with makeup, offering hydration, sun defense, and some coverage.
  • Beauty blender: A sponge designed for the application of foundation and concealer.
  • Blackhead: A form of acne presenting as tiny black dots, typically from blocked pores.
  • Blender: An egg-shaped, latex-free sponge for blending or dabbing makeup onto the face.
  • Blush: A product meant to impart a natural rosy tone to the cheeks, available in various forms such as powder, cream, or liquid.
  • Bronzer: A makeup product in powder, cream, or gel form, crafted to give the skin a naturally tanned look.
  • Brow Gel: A product that shapes and secures eyebrow hairs, enhancing fullness, particularly in sparse areas.
  • Brow pencil: An implement for filling and shaping the eyebrows.
  • Brown sugar scrub: An exfoliating scrub utilizing brown sugar.
  • Brush: An implement with bristles for applying various makeup products, differing in size and shape based on use.
  • CC cream: A skin tone-evening product that may offer SPF protection and more coverage than BB cream, aimed at color correction.
  • Concealer: A product for covering imperfections like blemishes and dark circles.
  • Contouring: A makeup method that employs cosmetics to sculpt and define facial features.
  • Cotton swab: A small stick with a cotton tip for makeup application or removal.
  • Cream Blush: A type of blush providing a sheer, natural flush, enhancing the wearer’s inherent skin tone.
  • Crow’s feet: Fine lines that fan out from the eye corners.
  • Cupcake liner: A liner, typically of paper or foil, used to line cupcake molds before baking.
  • Cut crease: A makeup style creating distinct eyelid crease definition with a darker eyeshadow shade.
  • Dab: To gently press a substance onto a surface.
  • Dead Skin Cells: The result of the natural exfoliation process known as epidermal turnover.
  • Detox mask: A facial mask designed to extract impurities and remove dead skin cells.
  • Disposable makeup wipes: One-time-use wipes for makeup removal.
  • Double cleanse: A two-step skin cleansing method using oil-based followed by water-based cleansers.
  • Drawstring bag: A pouch that cinches closed with a drawstring.
  • Dressing Table Mirror: A mirror often attached to a dressing table, sometimes featuring built-in lights, magnification, and storage for makeup and accessories.
  • Dupe: An affordable alternative to a more costly item.
  • Eye Shadow Technique: Various methods prescribed for applying eyeshadow.
  • Eyebrow pencil: A pencil form of makeup for filling in eyebrows.
  • Eyebrow powder: Makeup specifically for defining eyebrows.
  • Eyebrow stencil: A guide for achieving the perfect eyebrow contour.
  • Eyelash curler: A hand-operated device to curl eyelashes for aesthetic purposes.
  • Eyeliner: A cosmetic to outline the eyes, available in pencil, gel, or liquid variants.
  • Eyeshadow primer: A product applied on the eyelids to enhance eyeshadow durability and color.
  • Eyeshadow: A makeup applied to the eyelids and beneath the eyebrows to accentuate or beautify the eyes.
  • Face mask: A cosmetic left on the face for a time before removal.
  • Face mist: A spray used to refresh the skin or makeup.
  • Face powder: A colored powder for reducing shine or covering imperfections, setting makeup, or for oily skin mattification.
  • Face primer: Applied before foundation, it extends makeup longevity.
  • Falsies: Artificial eyelashes for special occasion wear.
  • Fan brush: A fan-shaped brush for gentle color application or excess product removal.
  • Fine lines: Aging-related facial lines, commonly around eyes, mouth, or forehead.
  • Finish: The last makeup application step, typically involving setting powder or spray.
  • Flat brush: A brush with dense, flat bristles for foundation or concealer application.
  • Foam brush: A brush with soft foam bristles, usually for liquid makeup.
  • Foundation: A base cosmetic for an even skin tone and smooth makeup canvas.
  • Full coverage: Makeup offering complete coverage.
  • Gel liner: Eyeliner in a gel-based formulation.
  • Glow up: The process of enhancing one’s appearance through beauty and style changes.
  • Highlighter: A product designed to reflect light and give the skin a luminous, sculpted appearance.
  • Holographic: Makeup with a shimmering, multi-dimensional finish.
  • Hydrating: Describes products designed to increase skin moisture.
  • Jade roller: A facial tool for massaging and promoting lymphatic drainage.
  • Kabuki brush: A makeup brush with dense, short bristles for powder application.
  • Lash extensions: Semi-permanent fibers attached to natural lashes for enhanced length and volume.
  • Lash lift: A cosmetic treatment that curls and elevates lashes, typically lasting several weeks.
  • Lip balm: A product for moisturizing and protecting the lips.
  • Lip brush: A tool for precise lip color application.
  • Lip gloss: A shiny or subtly tinted product for the lips.
  • Lip liner: A pencil-like tool to outline and shape the lips before applying lipstick.
  • Lipstick: A product that adds color, structure, and sometimes hydration to the lips.
  • Liquid liner: Eyeliner in a fluid form.
  • Liquid lipstick: A formula providing both color and gloss to the lips.
  • Loose Powder: A finely milled setting powder for a seamless finish and makeup longevity.
  • Makeup Mirror: Typically a dual-sided, hinged mirror for easy viewing angles.
  • Makeup remover: A cleanser for removing makeup from the skin.
  • Makeup Sponges: Tools for applying and blending foundation, concealer, and other face products.
  • Mascara Wand: A tool for defining, separating, and enhancing eyelashes.
  • Matte Finish: Makeup with a non-reflective, flat finish.
  • Micellar water: A gentle makeup remover that doesn’t require harsh rubbing.
  • Mineral makeup: Cosmetics made from natural minerals, often gentler on skin.
  • Moisturiser: A product to hydrate and protect the skin.
  • Natural eyelashes: Faux lashes that mimic the look of natural lashes.
  • Natural makeup: A minimalist makeup style for a natural appearance.
  • Non-comedogenic: Describes products formulated to not clog pores.
  • Oil-based cleanser: A cleanser with oil to dissolve makeup or sunscreen.
  • Ombre: A gradient style in makeup or hair, darker at the roots and lighter towards the ends.
  • Paddle brush: A brush with dense, flat bristles for foundation or concealer application.
  • Palette: In cosmetics, a collection of makeup colors or products in a single package.
  • Parabens: Preservatives commonly found in makeup and skincare products.
  • Peel-off mask: A mask that solidifies and is removed by peeling from the face.
  • Pigment: The ingredient that imparts color to makeup products.
  • Pinched cheeks: A makeup effect that mimics a natural flush.
  • Powder Foundation: Makeup in powder form for varying levels of coverage.
  • Powder puff: A soft applicator for powder.
  • Pressed powder: A compact makeup for setting or touch-ups.
  • Primer: A base for makeup or skincare for improved coverage and durability.
  • Probiotics: Beneficial microorganisms, often ingested as supplements.
  • Puffiness: Swelling or bloating, typically around the eyes.
  • Redness: A skin condition characterized by reddened appearance.
  • Ring light: Lighting used for even, bright illumination by makeup artists.
  • Rouge: Cheek makeup for added color.
  • Sensitive skin: Skin prone to irritation or inflammation.
  • Setting powder: A product for securing foundation and concealer in place.
  • Setting spray: A spray to extend makeup wear.
  • Shea butter: A natural fat used in products for its moisturizing benefits.
  • Silicone: A synthetic material used in beauty products for texture or as a binder.
  • Smith’s Rosebud Salve: A multipurpose balm with a strong following, often used for lips and cuticles.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS): A surfactant that can be drying or irritating to the skin.
  • Spoolie brush: A tool similar to a mascara wand for grooming brows and lashes.
  • Stippling brush: A brush for applying makeup with a stippled effect for a natural look.
  • Strobing: A technique that emphasizes a dewy, radiant complexion with highlighter.
  • Sunscreen: A product to shield skin from damaging solar rays.
  • Toner: A skincare step to cleanse the face post-washing, removing residual impurities.
  • Translucent powder: A makeup product for setting or mattifying the face without adding color.
  • Tweezers: A tool for plucking hairs or placing small beauty accessories.
  • Under-eye bags: Swelling or puffiness found beneath the eyes.
  • Vegan: Makeup free of animal-derived ingredients.
  • Warm tones: Makeup utilizing warmer color shades for a sun-kissed effect.
  • Water-based cleanser: A cleanser free from oils, often used to remove makeup.
  • Waterproof: Makeup formulated to resist water exposure.
  • Wig block: A rounded form for styling or maintaining wigs.
  • Winged eyeliner: A type of eye makeup applied on the upper eyelid, using liquid eyeliner, pencil or gel and curved out to create a pointy wing.



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