ap·​pli·​ca·​tor | \ ˈa-plə-ˌkā-tər How to pronounce applicator (audio) \

Definition of applicator

: one that applies specifically : a device for applying a substance (such as medicine or polish)

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The applicator really elevates your lashes to give that extra drama that everyone wants in their eyes. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Mascaras of All Time, According to 6 Celebrity Makeup Artists," 3 Aug. 2018 Some kits, such as the one from One Two Cosmetics, are sold with a tweezer-like applicator included ($69, Ilise Carter, WSJ, "How Magnetic Lashes Became the Biggest Thing in Beauty," 4 Jan. 2019 The new packaging includes a pump applicator, and the long-lasting, matte formula has SPF. Allure, "The 17 Best Drugstore Foundations for All Your Coverage Needs," 6 Sep. 2018 Ardell’s popular lashes are more of a deal starting at $14 a kit, with an applicator sold separately for $4 ( Ilise Carter, WSJ, "How Magnetic Lashes Became the Biggest Thing in Beauty," 4 Jan. 2019 Lip powders can come with a wand applicator or a brush, and even in a bullet, like a traditional lipstick. Amber Katz, SELF, "8 Lip Powders That Will Replace Your Go-To Lipstick," 26 Nov. 2018 The approval for AcelRx Pharmaceuticals ’s ACRX 15.66% lead treatment calls for Dsuvia to be administered by a health-care professional, for example a paramedic during transport, using a single-dose, prefilled, under-the-tongue applicator. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Noting Military Potential, FDA Approves Powerful Painkiller Dsuvia," 2 Nov. 2018 There are now menstrual cups, menstrual discs, tampons with reusable applicators, and, of course, period-proof underwear: designed for free bleeding and backup protection. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "I Tried Free Bleeding in Period-Proof Running Shorts," 30 Oct. 2018 Commandment 6: Aim for Imperfection Tap your lip color onto your finger before gently dabbing it on instead of drawing it on from the applicator or lipstick bullet. Eden Univer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The BAZAAR Commandments: Get a Flawless Face," 8 Sep. 2017

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1659, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of applicator

: a tool that is used to put something (such as paint or makeup) on a surface : a tool that is used to apply something


ap·​pli·​ca·​tor | \ ˈa-plə-ˌkā-tər How to pronounce applicator (audio) \

Kids Definition of applicator

: a device for applying a substance (as medicine or polish)


ap·​pli·​ca·​tor | \ ˈap-lə-ˌkāt-ər How to pronounce applicator (audio) \

Medical Definition of applicator

: one that applies specifically : a device for applying a substance (as medicine)

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