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Make-up

bindi

noun

a small mark worn as a decoration in the middle of the forehead by some Indian women, especially Hindus

blush

noun

blusher

blusher

noun

a pink powder or cream that women put on their cheeks

compact

noun

a small flat container for face powder, with a mirror inside

eyebrow pencil

noun

a pencil used for making your eyebrows look darker or thicker

eyeliner

noun

a dark substance used for drawing a line along the edge of each eyelid

eye shadow

noun

a coloured substance that you can put on your eyelids

face powder

noun

powder that women put on their faces as part of their make-up

foundation

noun

a cream the same colour as your skin that you put on your face before the rest of your make-up

greasepaint

noun

the thick make-up that actors put on their faces

highlighter

noun

a type of make-up that makes particular parts of the face more noticeable

kajal

noun

black powder worn around the eyes or as a mark on the forehead by some South Asian women and children

kohl

noun

dark makeup worn around the edges of the eyes

kumkum

noun

a red round mark worn as a decoration on the forehead by some Hindu women and girls

liner

noun

eyeliner

lip balm

noun

a substance that you put on your lips if they are dry and sore

lip gloss

noun

a substance that women put on their lips to make them shiny

lippy

noun

lipstick

lipstick

noun

a coloured substance in the form of a small stick that women put on their lips, or a stick of this

make-up

noun

substances that people put on their faces, including their eyes and lips, in order to look attractive or to change their appearance

mascara

noun

a dark substance used for making eyelashes look darker or longer

pancake

noun

a type of make-up that actors use

powder

noun

makeup in the form of powder, used on your face or body

rouge

noun

a red powder or cream that is used to give colour to your cheeks

shadow

noun

eye shadow

slap

noun

make-up 1

talc

noun

talcum powder

talcum powder

noun

a soft white powder that you sometimes put on your body after having a bath or a shower

war paint

noun

make-up 1

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