Cosmetic refers to how something or someone looks. Visit the cosmetics department of a store if you are looking to buy lipstick, and visit a cosmetic surgeon if you are looking to buy new lips.

The word cosmetic has to do with beauty and appearance. Cosmetic surgery makes someone look better, but isn't necessary medically, like heart surgery. A cosmetic change to a building only changes the building’s appearance. Cosmetic often means the same as decorative or ornamental. Also, cosmetics are items used to adorn, especially women, such as nail polish, lipstick, and eyeliner. All uses of cosmetic have to do with what's on the outside, not what's on the inside.

Definitions of cosmetic
  1. adjective
    serving an aesthetic rather than a useful purpose
    cosmetic fenders on cars”
    synonyms: decorative, ornamental
    not having or performing a function
  2. adjective
    serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body
    cosmetic surgery”
    synonyms: enhancive
    aesthetic, aesthetical, esthetic, esthetical
    concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
  3. noun
    a toiletry designed to beautify the body
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    depilator, depilatory, epilator
    a cosmetic for temporary removal of undesired hair
    a cosmetic used to highlight the eyes or cheekbones
    make-up, makeup, war paint
    cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance
    nail enamel, nail polish, nail varnish
    a cosmetic lacquer that dries quickly and that is applied to the nails to color them or make them shiny
    a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face
    the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negro
    epilating wax
    a mixture of resins and waxes to remove cosmetically undesirable hair; mixture is applied hot to the surface and after cooling is pulled away taking the hairs with it
    eyebrow pencil
    makeup provided by a cosmetic pencil that is used to darken the eyebrows
    makeup applied to emphasize the shape of the eyes
    makeup consisting of a cosmetic substance used to darken the eyes
    face powder
    cosmetic powder for the face
    a greasy substance used as makeup by actors
    a cosmetic preparation used by women in Egypt and Arabia to darken the edges of their eyelids
    makeup that makes the lips shiny
    lip rouge, lipstick
    makeup that is used to color the lips
    makeup that is used to darken and thicken the eye lashes
    blusher, paint, rouge
    makeup consisting of a pink or red powder applied to the cheeks
    type of:
    toilet articles, toiletry
    artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)
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