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 mascaraed (audio) , -​ˈska-​rəd \ adjective

Examples of mascara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This week, assistant beauty editor Angela Trakoshis gives Anastasia Beverly Hills' first mascara a try. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Anastasia Beverly Hills Is Launching Its First Mascara, and I Got to Try It Before Anyone Else," 15 Sep. 2020 Use a makeup removal wipe that claims to dissolve waterproof mascara. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Mascara Stains from Pretty Much Anything," 8 June 2020 Reviewers are obsessed with L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise Mascara, which is waterproof, long-lasting mascara that features hourglass bristles that deliver volume and length for a clump-free, full-lash look. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "15 Amazon beauty products more affordable than their cult-favorite counterparts," 31 Aug. 2020 The latest luxury mascara to join my rotation is Charlotte Tilbury's new addition to her beloved Pillow Talk line: the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Tried Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Mascara, and These Are My Honest Thoughts," 18 Aug. 2020 Curl, Prime, Mascara Don't undervalue the power of a good mascara application. Megan Decker,, "Should Your Makeup Routine Change When You Wear A Mask?," 17 Aug. 2020 Fill a bowl with lemon juice and dip a clean mascara wand or spoolie brush into it and paint it onto strands. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "6 Easy Ways to Lighten Your Hair at Home Naturally," 16 July 2020 Some analyses have suggested that nail polish, or mascara, or face masks, or candles, have become more popular as inexpensive pick-me-ups during an economic downturn. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "It is time for the “lipstick index” to go away for good," 6 Aug. 2020 If your daily activities might require a waterproof formula, opt for the Tetyana waterproof mascara, which gives you long, voluminous lashes. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "8 ways to make your eyes look amazing while wearing a face mask," 4 Aug. 2020

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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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21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mascara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mascara

: a type of makeup used for darkening and thickening eyelashes

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