Other forms: makeups

Your makeup is the sum of what makes you who you are, or the sum of what you smear on your face! You could say that your makeup is a combination of your parents' genes. Or, you could wear cosmetic makeup to accentuate those physical traits.

Your makeup is every personality characteristic that, combined, form a unique person — but the makeup you put on your face can be used to disguise your real self a little bit. This kind of makeup is also called cosmetics, and it consists of things like lipstick, mascara, foundation, and so on. This meaning of makeup has been in use since the 1880s, a period when Queen Victoria declared it vulgar, only appropriate for stage actors.

Definitions of makeup
  1. noun
    the way in which someone or something is composed
    synonyms: composition, constitution, make-up, physical composition
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    the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts
    what an organism looks like as a consequence of the interaction of its genotype and the environment
    genetic constitution, genotype
    the particular alleles at specified loci present in an organism
    grain, texture
    the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)
    the appearance of the chromosomal makeup of a somatic cell in an individual or species (including the number and arrangement and size and structure of the chromosomes)
    infrastructure, substructure
    the basic structure or features of a system or organization
    architecture, computer architecture
    (computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software
    cytoarchitectonics, cytoarchitecture
    the cellular composition of a bodily structure
    fabric, framework
    the underlying structure
    type of:
    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
  2. noun
    cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance
    synonyms: make-up, war paint
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    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
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    a toiletry designed to beautify the body
  3. noun
    an event that is substituted for a previously cancelled event
    “he missed the test and had to take a makeup
    “the two teams played a makeup one week later”
    synonyms: make-up
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    something that happens at a given place and time




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