col·​or·​ist | \ ˈkə-lə-rist How to pronounce colorist (audio) , -lər-ist\

Definition of colorist

: one that colors or deals with color

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According to It-colorist Lena Ott, taking Lish from jet-black to white-hot blonde took six hours total. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Wang Gang Model Just Went Extreme Platinum Blonde for the Alexander Wang Runway," 2 Dec. 2018 During an interview with Allure, Beyoncé's colorist Rita Hazan detailed some of what's required to get Bey's practically angelic hair shade. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé's Hair Colorist Shared How the Singer Selects a Shade of Blonde," 30 Aug. 2018 The past few years have seen colorists get innovative with fresh techniques and plays on shades to save us from feeling bored with the same old blond, brunette, and red. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Your Ultimate Guide to Fall's Biggest Hair Colors," 15 Oct. 2018 According to Victoria Hunter, co-founder of Whittemore House salon and the colorist behind the actress' new look, the blonde decision was simple: Liu was ready for a change. Samantha Sasso,, "Lucy Liu Bleached Her Hair Blonde — & It Looks So Good," 25 May 2018 Here’s what stylist and colorist so often don’t tell you: It’s near impossible to copy the celebrity hairstyle de jour because celebrities have the best-of-the-best on call to primp and perfect each strand. Alexandra Engler, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Got My Hair Colored Like Jennifer Aniston At An Invite-Only Hollywood Salon," 29 Aug. 2018 Stephanie also pointing out that some may experience a sensitivity — and not an allergy — to hair dye, and that a colorist does have alternative dying options. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "This 19-Year-Old Says She Experienced an Extreme Allergic Reaction to Hair Dye," 30 Nov. 2018 The bride-to-be’s colorist, Kelly O'Leary-Woodford, shared a photo of the mishap on social media Wednesday. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Canada bride's hair dyed blue after pen explodes days before wedding," 20 Aug. 2018 Despite Ingres’s willful distortions and expressive color, he was understood to be the embodiment of the rational draftsman-painter; whereas Delacroix was believed to be an emotive and dramatic colorist—a painter, not a draftsman. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix’ Review: A Master off the Canvas," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of colorist

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colorist

borrowed from French coloriste, from Latin color color entry 1 + French -iste -ist entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of colorist

: a painter who uses color in interesting and effective ways
: a person who dyes people's hair

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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