mas·​cara | \ ma-ˈsker-ə How to pronounce mascara (audio) , -ˈska-rə \

Definition of mascara

: a cosmetic especially for making the eyelashes darker and more prominent

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Other Words from mascara

mascaraed \ ma-​ˈsker-​əd How to pronounce mascara (audio) , -​ˈska-​rəd \ adjective

Examples of mascara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Erika sobbed about being in the middle of a federal investigation and not being able to tell her side of the story, her mascara ran down her face to create the perfect soap-opera moment. Louis Peitzman, Vulture, 7 Sep. 2021 This mascara is Ophthalmologist-approved for those with sensitive eyes and those who wear contacts. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 17 June 2021 This mascara stays put for up to 24 hours, but easily rinses off with warm water. Southern Living, 11 June 2021 On-point aesthetics aside, where this mascara truly shines is the brush. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 11 Mar. 2021 There is not one picture of her with mascara running down her face in reality. Glenn Garner,, 17 Sep. 2021 But those jokes never came between Bakker and her mascara wand. Marie Lodi, Allure, 17 Sep. 2021 Several other brands have offered it, including mascara. Esha Chhabra, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Fans can expect liquid eyeliner markers to help create Grande's signature cat-eye, matte liquid eyeshadows (another Grande signature), and a mascara. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of mascara

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mascara

probably from Italian maschera mask

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The first known use of mascara was in 1886

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4 Oct 2021

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“Mascara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mascara

: a type of makeup used for darkening and thickening eyelashes

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