eye·​lin·​er | \ ˈī-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce eyeliner (audio) \

Definition of eyeliner

: makeup used to emphasize the contour of the eyes

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Every mirror is taken as mascara, eyeliner and the occasional curling iron are pulled from bags. Laura Dimon, New York Times, "New York’s Hottest Makeup Counter: The Port Authority Bathroom," 23 Aug. 2019 According to the trademark details, Haus Beauty would include a long list of potential products and services, like foundations, lipsticks, and eyeliners. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About Lady Gaga's Makeup Line, Haus Laboratories," 15 July 2019 The ballerina in neon-lime tights and killer eyeliner struts on her toes across a street in central Hong Kong. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "Amid upheavals, there’s good news in Hong Kong: Its ballet thrives," 10 July 2019 Klein himself was also an important part of the show’s overall look, rocking an all-black 'fit with a stack of chains, black nail polish and messy eyeliner. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "LANY Return to the Stage in L.A. With Electric Energy, Vibrant Visuals: Recap," 28 June 2019 For eyeliner, Lemon’s go-to is NYX’s Epic Ink liquid liner in black. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "10 Goths of Color on Their Beauty Routines and the Power of Representation," 22 May 2019 Just because neon eyeliner is having a moment rn doesn’t mean it’s your best look. Holly Schechter, Seventeen, "The Insider’s Guide to Nailing the College Application Process," 5 Sep. 2019 Included: two eyeshadow palettes, six matte lipsticks, six matching lipliners, and five eyeliners, in either warm (Matte Cocoa) or cool (Matte Smoke) shades. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Sent Her New '90s Inspired Makeup Collection to '90s Icons," 6 Aug. 2019 The precocious cool-girl might favor a bright red lip, sure, while the goth girl favors a thick layer of black eyeshadow, but understated eyeliner, mascara, and blush are the usual go-tos. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "Lip Tattoos & Rhinestone Eyebrows: Inside The Wildest Makeup On Euphoria," 25 July 2019

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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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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