eye·​lin·​er | \ ˈī-ˌlī-nər \

Definition of eyeliner

: makeup used to emphasize the contour of the eyes

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Her makeup artist Mary Phillips added one more touch of neon green eyeliner to her lids to tie the whole all green everything look together. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Made This Middle School Trend Look 2019 Chic," 2 Jan. 2019 Void says liquid eyeliner pens like these ones are easy to work with and help with precise line work. Devon Abelman, Allure, ""Right Angle Brows" Are the Geometric Take on Instagram Eyebrow Trends," 8 Mar. 2018 Below, 7 makeup artists weigh in on the best black eyeliner of all time. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Rita Ora Takes This Versace-Approved Makeup Statement for a Spin," 17 Jan. 2019 Your once perfect little neon power ball is suddenly overtaken by a foundation tsunami, with lightning bolts of old eyeliner at every turn. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Beautyblender in 3 Easy Steps, According to Experts," 2 Jan. 2019 The looks are not natural — metallics and sequins and bright eyeliner figure prominently. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The problem with Bradley Cooper asking Lady Gaga to go makeup-free in A Star Is Born," 9 Oct. 2018 Draw on a few quick black lines with black eyeliner, or check out our cat makeup ideas to get more creative. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Make a Purr-fect Cat Costume for Halloween," 1 Aug. 2018 Her makeup is expertly applied, but somehow seems looser; the pigments aren't hemmed in by the keen-edged eyeliner and lip liner that midcentury fashions demanded. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Marin Hinkle On the Scene That Gave Her Hives," 8 Dec. 2018 Middleton didn't stray too far from her signature beauty look, which includes her favorite black eyeliner, pinky nude lip, and bold brows. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Wore Bright Pink Blush at Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of eyeliner

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eyeliner was in 1929

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English Language Learners Definition of eyeliner

: a type of makeup used to put a dark line around the eyes

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