\ ˈkōl How to pronounce kohl (audio) \

Definition of kohl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a preparation used especially in Arabia and Egypt to darken the edges of the eyelids


biographical name
\ ˈkōl How to pronounce Kohl (audio) \

Definition of Kohl (Entry 2 of 2)

Helmut 1930–2017     chancellor of West Germany (1982–90) chancellor of Germany (1990–98)

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In addition to her treasures and servants, Puabi was interred with her makeup, including a silver box that contained kohl, a black pigment used as eyeliner. National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019 Marni’s graphic wings traced in an intricate, serpentine shape reminiscent of the kohl-rimmed eyes of ancient cultures. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Top Beauty Trends That Dominated Milan Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 The singer took a thick, arched rimming of black kohl to the extreme, fanning it out toward the brow in an angular sweep, as well as along the inner corners of the eye. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Proves Why an Extreme Cat Eye Is an Instant Look Changer," 11 Nov. 2018 For Haddish's eyes, Wynn used a waterproof black kohl eyeliner in the waterline and along the top lashes, which were enhanced with two pairs of Ardell Double Up Wispies false eyelashes. Marci Robin, Allure, "Exclusive: These Are the Exact Makeup Products Tiffany Haddish Wore to the 2018 Emmy Awards," 18 Sep. 2018 Liv Tyler is the spitting image of her Aerosmith frontman father Steven, with a proclivity for kohl-rimmed eyes to boot. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Rock Royalty Daughters Who Inherited Famously Good Looks from Their Dads," 17 June 2018 Liza Minnelli and Grace Jones laid the kohl liner like full-blown Egyptian queens, while Jerry Hall and Debbie Harry draped their pyramid cheekbones in bright pink blush to theatrical effect. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy Anniversary, Studio 54! The Iconic Nightclub's 21 Best Beauty Looks," 26 Apr. 2018 Then, draw a kohl liner like the Rimmel Kohl Kajal Waterproof Eye Liner along the waterlines of your upper and lower lids before smudging it out with your ring finger or a cotton swab. Devon Abelman, Allure, "9 Amazing Beauty Moments Looks from EXO-CBX's "Blooming Day" Music Video," 10 Apr. 2018 Her eyes were dark, with a permanent-mascara look that recalled for Janice the kohl eye makeup of ancient Egyptians. Miles Marshall Lewis, The Root, "(What Did I Do to Get So) Black and Blue," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of kohl


1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kohl


Arabic kuḥl

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: a type of makeup that is used to put a black or dark gray line or mark around the eyes

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