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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Model and designer Tylynn Nguyen caught some good lighting and showed off coral cheeks, glossed lips, and structured onyx eyeliner thanks to the magical hands of makeup artist Zara Kaplan. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Gabrielle Union, Pharrell, and More," 2 June 2019 Getty Images The daring look, which Sophie snapped up an entire year ahead of its release, was contrasted with totally effortless, barely there beauty, pairing wet look, slicked back hair with simple, immaculate eyeliner and fresh skin. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Wore a Naked Chainmail Dress at the 'Dark Phoenix' Premiere," 28 May 2019 Any brand who has an eyeliner with similar component on the market will tell you the same thing. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "People Are Accusing Kat Von D Beauty of Scamming Customers With Their Famous Tattoo Liners," 21 Feb. 2019 Extend the appearance of the whites of your eyes with nothing but eyeliner. Deanna Pai, Redbook, "5 Quick Tricks to Make Your Eyes Look So Much Bigger," 26 May 2017 Along with legs-for-days, Dion's look featured a diffusion of gold that arched over lids, brows, and temples, the warming hue punctuated by a heavy application of black eyeliner and ample lashes. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Céline Dion Rules the Met Gala Red Carpet With a Showgirl-Worthy Leg Reveal," 6 May 2019 Getting Hotter summer collection consisting of three sets of eyeliner trios named Baecae, Baeside, and Baewatch (yes, that makes for nine shades total), for $35 each. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Fenty Beauty's Getting Hotter Collection Is Launching With Neon Eyeliner and Lipstick for Summer," 1 May 2019 Have some fun with your makeup by opting for glittery black eyeliner, and add some texture to your hair with dry shampoo. Alanna Greco, Seventeen, "Exactly What to Wear to Prom, According to Your Sign," 11 Mar. 2019 The two wedding looks were actually quite similar—as both royals wore Bobbi Brown makeup—albeit Middleton went a little heavier on the eyeliner. 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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