Definition of makeup
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 printingb : design or layout of printed matter
3a (1) : cosmetics (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 (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>
Examples of makeup in a sentence
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.
First Known Use of makeup
MAKEUP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of makeup for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of makeup for Students
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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