eye·​lin·​er | \ˈī-ˌlī-nər \

Definition of eyeliner 

: makeup used to emphasize the contour of the eyes

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This trend is the real scam, not women wearing red lipstick and black eyeliner. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The problem with Bradley Cooper asking Lady Gaga to go makeup-free in A Star Is Born," 9 Oct. 2018 The brand announced today that a limited edition line of cosmetics will be dropping soon, including an eyeshadow palette, lipsticks, and eyeliner. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is it 2005? Because Juicy Couture Is Launching a Makeup Line," 26 Sep. 2018 Eye makeup can be like a petri-dish for bacteria, and using old eyeliner (or mascara can cause irritation and infection. Talia Green, SELF, "11 Beauty Lessons I Learned From My Makeup Artist Mom," 13 Sep. 2018 Everyone is wearing metallic high-tops and sparkly eyeliner and jumping around. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Verge, "The new musical Emojiland is deeply concerned with emoji angst," 19 July 2018 The key to pulling it off: Slick back your hair and pile on the eyeliner. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Wear Your Nightie Out," 11 July 2018 Black eyeliner has been on the lips (and lids) of street style stars and red carpet actresses alike of late. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Celebrity Makeup Artists on the Best Black Eyeliner of All Time," 10 Mar. 2018 Add a neon effect with white eyeliner to get that iridescent glow. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Insanely Cool Halloween Makeup Looks for When You Need a Last-Minute Costume," 30 June 2018 Model Bette Franke's above-the-neck transformation came courtesy of a tiny hand, the out-of-frame makeup artist deftly applying red lipstick just avant-garde enough to rival her abstract black eyeliner. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Gisele Bündchen, Imaan Hammam, and More," 8 Apr. 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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