makeup

noun
make·​up | \ ˈmāk-ˌəp How to pronounce makeup (audio) \

Definition of makeup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the way in which the parts or ingredients of something are put together : composition the ethnic makeup of the neighborhood
b : physical, mental, and moral constitution His daring attitude toward risks is a major part of his makeup.
2a : the operation of making up especially pages for printing
b : design or layout of printed matter
3a(1) : cosmetics (such as lipstick, mascara, and eye shadow) used to color and beautify the face
(2) : a cosmetic applied to other parts of the body leg makeup for a tanned appearance
b : materials (such as wigs and cosmetics) used in making up or in special costuming (as for a play)
4 : replacement specifically : material added (as in a manufacturing process) to replace material that has been used up makeup water
5 : something that makes up for a previous postponement, omission, failure, or deficiency a makeup exam

make up

verb

Definition of make up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to form by fitting together or assembling make up a train of cars
b : to arrange typeset matter in (columns or pages) for printing
2a : to combine to produce (a sum or whole)
b : constitute, compose 10 chapters make up this volume
3a : to compensate for (something, such as a deficiency or omission) make up the difference in lost pay
b : to do or take in order to correct an omission make up a history exam
4 : settle, decide made up my mind to depart
5 : to wrap or fasten up make the books up into a parcel
6a : to prepare in physical appearance for a role
b : to apply cosmetics to
7a : invent, improvise make up a story
b : to set in order rooms are made up daily

intransitive verb

1 : to become reconciled quarreled but later made up
2a : to act ingratiatingly and flatteringly made up to his aunt for a new bicycle
b : to make advances : court
3 : compensate make up for lost time
4a : to put on costumes or makeup (as for a play)
b : to apply cosmetics

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Synonyms for makeup

Synonyms: Noun

cosmetics, maquillage, paint, war paint

Synonyms: Verb

compose, comprise, constitute, form

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Examples of makeup in a Sentence

Noun

His daring attitude toward risks is a major part of his makeup. She put on some makeup before the party. She applied her makeup lightly. She's too young to wear makeup. put on makeup for a play I didn't recognize him when he was in his theatrical makeup.

Verb

the book is made up of 20 chapters she keeps making up excuses as to why she hasn't yet finished the project
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Over the next few months, #TeamSELF will be testing makeup, hair-care, body-care, and skin-care products to find the best of the best that help us look good and feel great. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Here Are the Submission Guidelines for Our 2019 Healthy Beauty Awards," 5 Mar. 2019 At the time Northam and Herring put on black makeup, Hollywood and popular culture still sent messages that racial stereotypes and racist imagery were comical and harmless, despite pleas from civil rights groups and black newspapers. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Before multiculturalism, blackface rampant in US pop culture," 10 Feb. 2019 Emma completed her look with soft makeup, loose waves, and a metal cylinder bag with a Times Up ribbon tied on it. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Emma Stone's Nude Golden Globes Dress Has the Internet Stunned," 7 Jan. 2019 Piccioli has already started work on the casting, with help from stylist Joe McKenna, the famed Azzedine Alaïa whisperer who is part of Piccioli’s starry show team along with makeup maven Pat McGrath and hairdresser Guido Palau. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 The Chanel designer mastered the art of offering luxury fashions alongside attainable items like perfume and makeup. Andrea Felsted, The Seattle Times, "Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy is more than just Chanel suits," 19 Feb. 2019 All the expectations placed on new moms—breastfeed without complaining, look pretty (but don’t wear too much makeup), fill your Instagram feed with cute baby pics—can also be a major source of guilt. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Mindy Kaling Is Done Feeling Guilty Over New Mom Expectations," 21 Jan. 2019 Ulta is embroiled in a lawsuit after a customer suggested that returned, used makeup was being resold as new at stores. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The biggest beauty trend in 2018? Makeup brands behaving badly," 18 Dec. 2018 Expect the same effect, but with no makeup whatsoever required, during and after Whole30. Micaela English, Woman's Day, "'I Went on the Whole30 Diet and This Is What Happened'," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That said, her eyes weren't made up entirely of budget beauty picks. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lea Michele’s Wedding Makeup Included a $9 Drugstore Mascara, and Her Lashes Looked Gorgeous," 16 Mar. 2019 Initial weightings meant Chinese shares made up less than 1% of the EM index, slightly below... Mike Bird, WSJ, "China’s Stock Market Isn’t Too Big to Ignore," 28 Feb. 2019 If nothing else, the spirit of DIY and hacking remains alive and well for people to make up their own solutions for the shortcomings of big tech companies. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Gadgets," 30 Dec. 2018 Yet many are far from making up all the lost ground. Patricia Cohen, BostonGlobe.com, "Paychecks lag as profits soar, and prices erode wage gains," 14 July 2018 Dufour confirmed that most of the audience was made up of nontraditional operagoers and said that about 56 percent of the audience in Montreal was not in the opera's database. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 Of the top 50 most followed accounts on Twitter, as of Wednesday, nearly half are made up by musicians, with Katy Perry securing the No. 1 spot with 110 million followers. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber & More Artists See Follower Counts Dip by 3% After Twitter Purge," 13 July 2018 Pie can be made up to 1 day ahead and kept at room temperature, covered. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sparkly Apple Slab Pie," 23 Oct. 2018 Gigi’s colorblock pants were quite the statement makers, with panels of black, bright white, and metallic gold making up the high-waisted silhouette. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore a Sheer Top and Jeans to Bella Hadid's Birthday Party," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of makeup

Noun

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of makeup was in the 14th century

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makeup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of makeup

: the way in which something is put together or arranged
: the physical, mental, and moral character of a person
: substances (such as lipstick or powder) used to make someone's face look more attractive

makeup

noun
make·​up | \ ˈmāk-ˌəp How to pronounce makeup (audio) \

Kids Definition of makeup

1 : any of various cosmetics (as lipstick or powder)
2 : the way the parts or elements of something are put together or joined
3 : materials used in changing a performer's appearance (as for a play or other entertainment)

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