eye·lin·er | \ ˈī-ˌlī-nər \

Definition of eyeliner 

: makeup used to emphasize the contour of the eyes

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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 There are also brow products, mascara, and two dual-ended eyeliners, with one side being a stamp of Karl's silhouette and the other Choupette wearing sunglasses. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karl Lagerfeld Is Launching The Cutest Makeup Collection," 30 Apr. 2018 Worse, the latest research suggests that only 27% of American women know how to apply eyeliner in a cohesive, nonthreatening fashion. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Grungy and Unkempt in the U.S.A.," 12 July 2018 In those days, Mami teased her blond hair like Madonna, traced her green eyes with blue eyeliner, applied several coats of black mascara, apple-red lipstick, and matching nail polish. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018 On her lower waterline, Maria applied this waterproof eyeliner. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "11 Waterproof Makeup Products You Have to Try," 20 Apr. 2018 Then, using a Tweezer, carefully apply Swarovski crystals (or simple rhinestones) across your eyelid like eyeliner. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yara Shahidi Tests This Season’s Boldest Makeup Looks," 6 Nov. 2017 The $10 eyeliner, $13 mascara, and frills-free $4 SPF lip balm that Cuoco wore on her wedding day, ahead. refinery29.com, "Kaley Cuoco Wore $46 Worth Of Drugstore Makeup On Her Wedding Day," 2 July 2018 Tanno, who often works with Lady Gaga, used the crayon eyeliner to create the singer’s look for her much talked-about Super Bowl performance that year. Alexa Tietjen | Wwd, latimes.com, "Marc Jacobs celebrates Pride with #GratefulNotHateful campaign," 21 June 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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